new artists


Jenny Holm

Fee Dickson

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.

Fee Dickson’s work explores the transformations wrought by changes in light, time and tide on the landscape. Using a limited palette of both colour and subject matter, she seeks to reveal the infinite variety of beauty in the environment. Her latest work is a series of seascapes, wide atmospheric skies anchored by the landmark islands of the East Lothian coast. Born in 1972 in Dunbar.  Fee graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1999 with a Master of Architecture, her architectural training having given her a good grounding in draughtmanship, composition and design. She has been painting semi-professionally for a number of years alongside her architectural work, and has been focussing fully on painting since 2014.  She lives and works in North Berwick.

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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