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  Jackie Anderson

Jackie Anderson is based in Glasgow and has been exhibiting since the mid 1990s, predominantly in Scotland and London. She has won a number of awards including the Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Scholarship in 2001.

Her work on this site is grouped to reflect changing concerns and developments. However, the paintings share a concern with colour, tone and reduction. Certain details are carefully described, while others are eliminated, thus allowing room for the viewer to fill in the gaps.

Many of these paintings have been created using almost transparent washes of paint so the surface appears stained rather than painted upon, resulting in an unusually fragile image.

Anderson's portraits dispense with the relationship between artist and sitter, catching her subjects unawares, presenting their most private moments, those spent alone in public. These are works full of movement, too, sometimes doubling a figure to catch a shift in expression, sometimes painting only the place that her subject has been, will be, or, even, might never be. The public spaces through which Anderson's subjects pass are reduced on her canvases to thin shadows and abstracted forms, just as her subjects pass by buildings, cash machines and doorways without seeing them, their surroundings rendered invisible by familiarity. This not only serves to foreground, figuratively and literally, the people painted, it also further absents Anderson from her work as a painter of portraits; the result is a communion between subject and viewer as private as the fleeting moments she has captured.

Jack Mottram, 2005


Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, 2001-02 Master of Fine Art

University of Aberdeen, 1991-95
MA (Hons) Sociology: 2:1


Amber Roome Contemporary Art, 75/79 Cumberland St, Edinburgh, EH3 6RD
'in-between' — 2005

A two person exhibition with Toby Messanger
Intermedia, 18 King Street, Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5QP

Aberdeen Artists Exhibition — 2004
Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen

AAF Contemporary Art Fair — 2004, 03, 02, 01
Battersea Park, London

Head Strong — 2003
7 Bedford Row, London

Fresh Paint — 2003
Maclean Fine Art
23 Cork St, London

Generator Members Show — 2003, 02
Generator Projects, Mid-Wynd, Dundee

Flesh — 2003
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee

Masters Expo — 2003
Generator Projects, Mid-Wynd, Dundee

R.S.A. Student Exhibition — 2002
Maclellan Galleries, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow

R.G.I. — 2002, 01, 00
Maclellan Galleries, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow

R.S.A. — 2002, 01, 00
Royal Academy, The Mound, Princes St, Edinburgh

The Discerning Eye — 2000
The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London

Noble and Grossart Painting Prize, Finalists Exhibition — 2000
Royal Academy, The Mound, Princes St, Edinburgh
Glasgow Art School, Renfrew St, Glasgow

Visual Arts Scotland — 1999
Royal Academy, The Mound, Princes St, Edinburgh
Flat 3/2, 18 Montague Street, Glasgow, G4 9HX


Firm Favourites, Highlights and Recent Acquisitions from The Fleming
Collection — 2007
The Fleming Collection, London

AAF Contemporary Art Fair New York City — 2007
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York

The London Art Fair — 2006
Islington, London

Celeste Art Prize Finalist Exhibition — 2006
Old Truman Brewery, London

Group Exhibition — 2006
Amber Roome Contemporary Art, 75/79 Cumberland St, Edinburgh, EH3 6RD

Face Value — 2006
Chelsea Art Gallery, Palo Alto, California, USA

Glasgow Art Fair — 2006, 2004, 03, 02, 01
George Square, Glasgow

BP Portrait Award — 2005, 04, 03, 02
National Portrait Gallery, London

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