Studied Drawing and Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee and graduated in July 2004 with a BA Hons Fine Art. Now living and working in Edinburgh, she exhibits her work in the UK, Europe and USA with a growing list of private collectors and appearing in several art features in press and television.
My work deals with varied experiences of intimacy and solitude. I intend to create an ambiguous serenity or powerful sense of presence, touching on an almost religious aura.
I use strong, pure, natural light or vivid colourful artificial light with movement to abstract the subject, capturing varying levels of abstraction in photographs and film stills. Using this as my source material I paint a photorealist interpretation intending to convey an energy and radiance contained within the confines of the canvas. Producing panels of light, colour, intrigue and overall beauty.
I experiment with the relationships between the figure and environment, and the viewer and the painting, exploring different perceptions of reality. In much of my work I aim to bring a fusion between fore and background, using the light to distort and erode the figure, giving the light a sense of form and the figure less definition, creating an equality between the elements. Contrastingly, in a number of my works I distort the background to create a distinct separation of the figure from its environment, creating a sense of isolation. In doing so, engaging the viewer and generating an intimacy with the subject.
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, BA Honours
University of Dundee, Fine Art, Dundee, 2000-2004
Selected by the RSA and Standard Life Investments as an invited artist to exhibit in an exclusive show at the Atrium Gallery of Whiteleys, London, following the RSA Students Exhibition, City Arts Centre, Edinburgh.
Invited as part of a small selection of artists from BraveArt 03 to attend media events to promote BraveArt 04.
Feb 18: Gin and Bare It at Union Gallery, Edinburgh
Oct 16: WASPS Open Studios Exhibition: WASPS, Dalry, Edinburgh
Oct 13: WASPS Open Studios Exhibition: WASPS, Dalry, Edinburgh
Aug 12: Group Show at scotlandsrt.com galleries, Glasgow
Jul - Aug 12: Claire Duguid and Dylan Lyle Exhibition at Union Gallery, Edinburgh
Nov 08: Edinburgh Art Fair with scotlandart.com galleries
Apr 08: ‘Contemporary Figurative Paintings’ show at scotlandart.com Gallery, Edinburgh
Nov 07: Edinburgh Art Fair with scotlandart.com Galleries
Apr 07: Glasgow Art Fair, with Flying Colours Gallery, London
Mar 07: Affordable Art Fair London, with Flying Colours Gallery, London
Dec 06: Christmas Exhibition, Scotlandart.com, Edinburgh
Nov 06: Edinburgh Art Fair with Scotlandart.com
Nov 06: Art Ireland, Dublin with Scotlandart.com
Oct 06: Joint Gallery Exhibition with Scotlandart.com, Gallery One, London
Sept - Oct 06: Joint gallery exhibition with Scotlandart.com, Karen Taylor Contemporary Fine Art, London
Jan 06: London Art Fair, with Flying Colours Gallery, London
Nov 05: New York Affordable Art Fair, with Flying Colours Gallery, London
Jul - Aug 05: Figure it Out, Scotlandart.com, Edinburgh
Apr - May 05: Glasgow Art Fair, with Scotlandart.com
Feb - Mar 05: Figurative Show Green Gallery, Aberfoyle
2005 The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh
Feb - Mar 05: New Faces
Nov - Dec 04: St Andrews Week Exhibition, Old Course Hotel, organizer McKenzie Galleries, St Andrews
Oct 04: Affordable Art Fair, London, with Sarah Myerscough Gallery, Mayfair, London
Jul - Aug 04: New Generation Show, Compass Gallery, Glasgow
Jun 04: Gallery Launch; Mixed Show, McKenzie Galleries, St. Andrews
May 04: Duncan of Jordanstone Degree Show, Duncan of Jordanstone Collage of Art, Dundee
Feb – Mar 04: RSA Students Exhibition, RSA building, Edinburgh
May 03: BraveArt 03, The Atrium Gallery, London
Mar 03: RSA Students Exhibition, City Art Centre, Edinburgh
Established to bring the very best of the contemporary art scene to the public view, and to offer the finest service to buyer and artist alike, UNIONgallery is a gallery with a...
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Henry Jabbour at the UNIONgallery
12 March 2017
Like many others locally, we’ve missed the Union Gallery since its removal from Broughton Street to larger premises on Drumsheugh Place.
A visit to the West End on Friday showed that Union’s owner Alison Auldjo has lost none of her knack for finding and nurturing great new talent, most recently that of Henry Jabbour.
Jabbour came late to painting, and was already a successful scientist with the Medical Research Council by the time he joined Leith School of Art in 2005. Consumed by this new calling, he became a full-time artist two years later.
This Life to Me is his first solo exhibition, and it’s a phenomenally successful debut.
By Eleanor Duffy
Photo - Colin Hattersley
An Edinburgh scientist is to open his first solo art exhibition after leaving behind his career to follow his dream.
Henry Jabbour worked for nearly 20 years in the Medical School at Edinburgh University but quit in 2010 to pursue his love of art full-time.
Despite training to be a biologist, Henry found his true calling in painting and has since studied at Leith School of Art in Edinburgh and the New York Academy of Art.
His prints and portraiture work have won praise in the art world and he is now preparing for the launch of his first solo exhibition this weekend.
A solo exhibition by Jenny Matthews: UNIONgallery – a bouquet of fragrant flowers
6 September 2016
UNIONgallery is owned and managed by contemporary artist Alison Auldjo. Originally opening on Broughton Street in 2009, the stylish new premises at the West End has the ideal space and design over two floors to show solo exhibitions, mixed collections, crafts and sculpture. The emphasis is on showing work from established painters who do not exhibit in Scotland, to exciting new Scottish and international talent.
Jenny Matthews studied at Edinburgh College of Art under Elizabeth Blackadder DBE, John Houston and Ann Oran, graduating in 1986. Since then, she has earned a fine reputation as an accomplished watercolourist, exhibiting in the UK and abroad.
Stepping into the Uniongallery to see her new solo exhibition, ‘Sapphire Skies,’ is like taking a stroll across country meadows and along the seashore, so tangible that you can almost smell the fragrant flowers. The soft shades of pinks, mauve, coral red and corn yellow, capture their natural beauty and texture, from beautifully arranged vases and bouquets to land and seacapes and decorative still life compositions.
Here are the first buds of Spring and Summer gardens, a flourish of sweet peas, irises and parrot tulips, as well as pretty thrift and lichen sprouting along the rocky shore at St. Abbs. The artistry is exquisite, meticulous botanical drawings, detailing each petal, stamen, puffs of pollen and green leaf, enhanced through the subtle tone and translucent quality of watercolour.
16 August 2016 Adam Barclay
UNIONGallery, 4 Drumsheugh Pl, Edinburgh
Exhibition continues until September 12
Open Monday to Saturday 10.30am – 5.30pm
The UNION Gallery had their first solo exhibition launch at their new premises on Drumsheugh Place this week, and what a strong first impression it was! The new space, previously a low ceilinged charity shop, is unrecognisable as a classic Edinburgh gallery, resplendent with cornicing and high ceilings! It makes for a fantastic space to show off the works of award-winning water-colourist Jenny Mathews in her third solo exhibition.
The pieces on display are varied in style and dimension but all share a distinctly high quality and impressive artistic feel. With several pieces having been reserved even as they were being hung, it was obvious that Jenny’s work is in high demand. Large works to tie whole rooms together were displayed, alongside horizontal sets, unusual for the artist, and smaller high-detail pieces. Jenny studied botanical illustration under Dame Elizabeth Blackadder and the inspiration is clear in her work, supremely detailed botanical images but with a clear style of her own.
17 July 2016
When Alison Auldjo began converting a former charity shop into the second incarnation of the Union Gallery, removing a lowered ceiling and turning a pokey back storage room into a well-lit stairwell, she knew exactly the picture she wanted in the space. It was Phil Braham’s Ophelia Bathing, a painting she had seen in the Scottish Gallery a few years ago, when it was ‘best in show’ but went unsold. “I went to see him to tell him about the new place, ‘Phil, come and see the space, you will see exactly what I mean about your painting’,” she said. The work uses a backdrop from the Water of Leith; Ophelia is bathing, not drowning, It is unobtrusively thought-provoking: the bather’s shoulders above smooth water, calmly swimming a ladylike breast-stroke, in a moment of reflection, before Hamlet stirs things up.
Auldjo put a second considerable picture by Braham in the window of her gallery for its reopening a few weeks back. The work, 21st Century Sublime, shows rolling hills around a Scottish valley cloaked in misty skies, the kind of view you’d find coming down from a Munro, but Graham’s last touch was to put a fighter jet flicking across it. “We have all seen scenes like that in the Highlands. It’s eery, it’s quite bleak, but it’s beautiful,” said Auldjo. My first ill-thought guess is Glencoe; but it’s more the gentler landscape of Aviemore, where two low-flying planes roared past on a recent walk, their sound gathering behind them.
When Auldjo closed the Union Gallery in Broughton Street, after seven years on a wonderfully prominent corner of one of Edinburgh’s couthiest streets, I had wondered if she would really be back. There are too many stories of galleries that seem to wilt under pressure: in Edinburgh the old Doggerfisher, the recently downsized Ingleby Gallery, in London the impact of skyrocketing real estate. I’ve heard old dealers lately saying traditional Scottish art markets are dead, and artists facing hard times, though that is not exactly new.
16th August 2017
Kevin Low is an artist living and working in Glasgow, his new exhibition Women & Men is currently on show at the Union Gallery in Edinburgh.
What drives your passion – when did you know that art is what you wanted to do?
It’s an obsession. It’s something I have to do, or I get sick. I hesitate to say that because I think that’s how most artists feel. I don’t have a choice. That makes it sound like it’s a chore, like being bullied by the subconscious, but nah, it’s a bloody thrill, every time. There is nothing better in the world than creating stuff.
As a kid, I grew up on a farm. I expected to become a cattleman, I really did. It was a very small world. I think it was pop music that gave me that first buzz in my gut, that invitation to step away from the ‘real world’. Mr David Bowie, I owe you a lot.
You trained initially as a biologist and worked as a scientist, has this part of your past influenced your current art practice of painting people?
I am sure it has but sometimes it is very difficult to pinpoint how.
I firmly believe that the way I look at, and my empathy towards, the human figure is hugely influenced and informed by my past experiences (being brought up in Lebanon at the time of the civil war) and my subsequent education.
Photo - Colin Hattersley
Dennis the Dog and his new best friend, artist Henry Jabbour, would like you to have a look at the Scots Magazine's website. There's a tremendous photo of Dennis there, and something about a great new exhibition. But the photo of Dennis is just the bestest thing ever!
While we admit we're a little biased, we have to agree with the Scots magazine (and Dennis) - this is a great exhibition of exquisite works by Henry Jabbour, and you really shouldn't miss it!
Read the full article at the Scots Magazine website
The exhibition will open on September 4th at the Union Gallery in Edinburgh. With a selection of new paintings and wrought iron sculpture, James invites viewers to look and, as the show’s title suggests, see, through the eyes of the characters in his created world. Using his distinctive and very direct style, the artist reflects on his own experience of life in the Highlands and Islands.