Jennifer Anderson
About the Artist


Artist's Statement
Upcoming Exhibitions

Jennifer was born in Glasgow and grew up just outside the city, in rural Stirlingshire. She attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, from which she graduated with a first class honours degree in fine art painting at the age of 21.

Since then she has returned to Glasgow and is living and working in the city's West End. She has exhibited widely throughout the UK, and has also shown work internationally in New York, Zurich, and Toronto.

Recently Jennifer has recieved several awards including the HSBC Investment Managment Award for artists under 35 at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and the David Cargill award at the RGI, and has been invited to exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

"Jennifer Anderson combines clear-eyed examination with formidable illusionistic skill, producing sensitive, haunting portraits. Within tightly-cropped compositions, illuminated by unsparing mid-winter light, she conveys the real, weighty physicality of her subjects while at the same time hinting at the inaccessibility of their inner lives. Anderson's subjects seem to balance their own reserve, their self-sufficient presence, against the artist's sustained scrutiny. Surfaces - a creased white shirt, scraped-back jet-black hair, or the slope of a cheek bone - are described fluently, the restrained palette emphasising subtle tonal shifts. These haunting images explore the limits of what we can learn from observation - even observation of those whom we see often and know well - something which gives Anderson's work a universal quality transcending most individual portraiture."

Bunny Smedley, critic and historian






24 October 1975



1993-97 Duncan of Jordanstone Collage of Art, Dundee:

BA (Hons) Fine Art - First Class



2007 "Skin Deep", Maclean Fine Art, Cork St, London

2005 artLondon Art Fair with Maclean Fine Art

2003 artLondon Art Fair with Maclean Fine Art

2000 The Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow

1998 The Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow



The Royal Academy Summer Show, Piccadilly, London, 2006

The National Portrait Gallery, London, General Exhibition, 2005

The BP Portrait Award, The National Portrait Gallery, London 2001/04/05

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London , 2005/06

The Royal Scottish Academy , The Mound, Edinburgh, 1998/00/01/08

The Royal Glasgow Institute, Maclellan Galleries, Glasgow, 2001/06

The S.A.A.C., The Mound, Edinburgh, 1998,

'Fresh Paint', with Maclean Fine Art at the Arndean Gallery, Cork Street, London, 2001/02

The Last Gallery, Zurich , Switzerland, 2004

The Paisley Art Institute, Paisley, 2001/08

The Noble and Grossart Painting Prize, The Mound, Edinburgh, 1998/00



artLondon Art Fair, Chelsea , London with Maclean Fine Art,2003/05/07

The London Art Fair, Islington, London with Maclean Fine Art/Flying ColoursGallery, 2002/04/06/07

The British Art Fair, Chelsea , London with Flying Colours Gallery, 2003

Torronto International Art Fair, Toronto with Odon Wagner Fine Art, 2007

The Affordable Art Fair, Manhatten , New York with Flying Colours Gallery,2002

The Affordable Art Fair, Battersey Park , London with The Gatehouse Gallery, 1999/00/04/05

The Glasgow Art Fair, George Square , Glasgow with the Gatehouse Gallery 1998-2006



Maclean Fine Art, London

The Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow

The Last Gallery, Zurich

Odon Wagner Fine Art, Toronto

Flying Colours Gallery, London

Beaux Arts, Bath

The Edinburgh Gallery, Edinburgh

Art Exposure, Glasgow

Full Circle Gallery, Glasgow

The Green Gallery, Aberfoyle



C.H.A.S.E. Charity Art Show, The Royal Academy, London

The Edinburgh Breast Cancer Foundation, Edinburgh

Postcard for Sick Kids, Phillips Auctioneers, Edinburgh

Crossroads Charity Art Exhibition, Stirling

Artlink Central 'Art On The Rock', Stirling Castle

Edinburgh Hospitals Exhibition, Queen Street, Edinburgh



The Royal Society of Portrait Painters HSBC Investment Management Award

The Royal Glasgow Institute David Cargill Award

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Arts Club Prize

The George Duncan of Drumfork Travel Scholarship

The Ewan Mitchell Award for Figurative Painting

The Royal Glasgow Institute Strathearn Gallery Prize

The Paisley Art Institute Miller's Creativity Award

The Lady Artist's Club Trust Award



Mr Mervyn Rolfe, Lord Provost of Dundee

Mr Wilson Sutherland, Acting Warden, New College, Oxford

Dr Ian Graham-Bryce, Principal of Dundee University

The Watson and Phillips Annual Commission



'Picture Perfect' by Stephanie Hoppen, Published by Jacqui Small

Who's Who in Art 2004, published by The Art Trade Press

The Dictionary of International Biography, Thirty-Second Edition, published by IBC

The Artist Magazine 'Masterclass' Mar 2003, published by The Artist's Publishing Co

The Cambridge Blue Book 2005, published by IBC