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Jenny Holm

Catriona MacEachen

Julie Smith

Jenny Holm is based in Newcastle upon Tyne. After studying graphic design at the University of Northumbria, and later completing postgraduate studies in Art and Design at Leeds, Jenny moved to the South of France. The landscapes there, together with the special quality of the light, had a lasting effect on her development as a painter. The majority of Jenny Holm’s paintings inhabit the magical worlds of fairytale and myth. There is often a menacing subtext to these outwardly charming images, recalling the beastliness of ‘Red Riding Hood’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’, rather than the sweetness of parts of the ‘Cinderella’ story. The narrative content of the stories within the paintings is suggested rather than spelled out, which makes the works intriguing, inviting a very individual response. The sometimes uneasy, sometimes affectionate, relationships between humans and animals often feature in her work. As she says, ‘I am interested in exploring the nature of relationships between people and also between people and animals, and how this affects the way they perceive their place in the world’. Jenny Holm’s widely acclaimed paintings have enjoyed solo exhibitions in the North East and have formed part of group exhibitions internationally and all over the UK.

Art has been her passion for as long as she can remember and although mainly self-taught, she specialised in Art while undertaking an Education degree in Glasgow. While continuing to paint, she taught in schools for several years before becoming a fulltime artist in 2009. She feels that the true freedom of expression experienced as a self-taught artist has allowed her to develop her own unique style which is a clear personal reflection of how she perceives the beauty of the world around her and her place in it.

?Catriona's work is influenced primarily by her love of nature. The intense colours, perpetually changing light, perfect forms and dramatic land and seascapes of the natural world of her homeland are a constant source of fascination and inspiration. She uses a variety of media depending on the mood or atmosphere she wishes to convey. She often chooses to work in acrylic to fully capture the vivid hues of a dramatic East Coast sunrise or Hebridean sunset.


Best known for her strong, semi-abstract interpretations of the Scottish landscape, Julie works mainly in the medium of oil: vibrant colour, strong shapes and heavy texture are all hallmarks of her work. Born in Irvine, Ayrshire, Julie worked as a stained glass artist, eventually becoming a practical art tutor at the University of Glasgow's Centre for Open Studies. Julie attended classes at Glasgow School of Art where she was tutored by the artist Conor Kelly. Painting has become her main focus with the Scottish landscape her inspiration: from the gently rolling farmland around her Ayrshire home to the wild rugged edges of Orkney and the Outer Hebrides.





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