Pierrot and Purple Fan
30 x 40 inches
Oil on canvas
NEXT SOLO EXHIBITION 4th - 18th October 2020
“As my painting styles from my various genres gradually merge over time into what has been described as “Scottish Impressionism” it would be remiss of me not to ascribe the huge influence of Monet in my work. Most recently I have attempted a series of waterlily paintings certainly inspired by Monet but also to try and understand with some depth his fascination for the subject. I am fortunate to live close to the lilypond in St Andrews botanic gardens and so able to visit often taking in the effects of changing light and the changing subject as the pads emerge with an early iridescence, massing green and flowering later in the year. My own fascination with reflections and light and shade make this an irresistible subject marking the time of day and time of year with canvases large and small.”
Born Edinburgh 1953 he studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee 1970-1974. During the summer of 1973, Jack was selected to study at Hospitalfield House, Arbroath under the tutelage of Peter Blake. On graduation he achieved a highly commended post diploma, the highest award possible at that time, he was also awarded the Farquhar Reid Travelling Scholarship 1975. The scholarship enabled his to leave Scotland and he headed for Paris and Florence to study and he began a European love affair. On his return to Scotland Jack set up a design studio which he successfully ran for 20 years. During this time he continued to make time to paint and exhibit. In 1997 he decided to become a full time painter and now works from his studios at home in Fife, Scotland and on the Cote d’Azur in the south of France. Jack chooses to paint several distinct types of work. He says “I get bored easily, so the idea of painting only one type of subject, in one particular style, doesn’t keep me interested creatively.
Solo exhibitions :Henderson Gallery, Edinburgh, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen, Leith Gallery, Edinburgh, Richmond Hill Gallery, London, Thompsons Gallery, London, Eduardo Alessandro Gallery, Dundee, Solo Gallery, Edinburgh, Henshelwood Gallery, Newcastle, Broadway Modern, Cotswolds, Gullane Art Gallery, Gullane, Kranenburg Fine Art, Oban, Lemond Gallery, Glasgow, Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Eton, Fraser Gallery, St Andrews.