Jean Firth is an award-winning artist from the Borders town of Hawick, living and working in Aberdeen. Jean’s work is primarily a mixture of painting and sewing – influenced by and portraying her family and early life experiences. Through the process of layering, removing, and editing the paintings, Jean turns photos and memories of growing up into mythological events. They begin to drift away from reality, into surreal and tangential forays into remembering and making.
The sewn pieces, formed to imitate the image of the Virgin Mary, have become artefacts of the mother, childhood, and tactile comforts.
Jean graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 2018 and remained in the city to continue making work in her studio at the Northern Arts Club which she shares with several other local artists.
BA (Hons) Painting / Gray’s School of Art / 2014-2018
Turn and Run, The Monkeys Ride / The Small Gallery ARI / Grampian Hospitals Art Trust / Aberdeen
SSA + VAS OPEN / Royal Scottish Academy / Edinburgh
RSA Annual Exhibition / Royal Scottish Academy / Edinburgh
TAE19 / Out of the Blue Drill Hall / Edinburgh
Summer Exhibition / Northern Arts Club / Aberdeen
Alight (VAS Annual Exhibition) / Royal Scottish Academy / Edinburgh
SSA Annual Exhibition / Royal Scottish Academy / Edinburgh
Gray’s School of Art Degree Show / Gray’s School of Art / Aberdeen
Fourth Year Painters / Edinbugh Palette / Edinburgh
Tread Softly / Seventeen Gallery / Aberdeen
Looking Forward / Pentland Fine Art Gallery / Aberdeen
Photography Show / White Space / Gray’s School of Art /
Awards / Funding
Purcell Paper Award
Edinburgh Art Shop Prize
Aberdeen City Council Year of Young People Creative Funding