Jennifer was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and grew up just outside the city. She attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, graduating in 1997 with a 1st class honors degree in Fine Art (painting).
Since then she has returned to Glasgow and continues to live and work in the city’s West End. She has exhibited widely throughout the UK and internationally in New York, Singapore, Florida, Zurich, and Toronto.
Jennifer has received a number of awards including the HSBC Investment Management Award for artists under 35 at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and the David Cargill award at the Royal Glasgow Institute.  She has been regularly selected for the BP Portrait Award 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

Curriculum Vitae

Date of birth

24 October 1975


1993-97 Duncan of Jordanstone Collage of Art, Dundee:
BA (Hons) Fine Art – First Class

Solo exhibitions

2020 Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath
2018 Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath
2015 Flying Colours Gallery, London
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

Selected group exhibitions

The BP Portrait Award, The National Portrait Gallery, London 2001/04/05/09/19
‚ÄčThe Royal Academy Summer Show, Piccadilly, London, 2006
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London, 2005/06/14/16/18/20
The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London, 2019/20
The Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London, 2018/20
The Society of Women Artists, Mall Galleries, London, 2018/20
The Royal Scottish Academy , The Mound, Edinburgh, 1998/2000/01/08/12/14/16/17/19
The Royal Glasgow Institute, Maclellan Galleries, Glasgow, 2001/06
The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham, 2014/19
The S.A.A.C., The Mound, Edinburgh, 1998,
‘Fresh Paint’, with Maclean Fine Art at the Arndean Gallery, Cork Street, London, 2001/02

Art fairs

The London Art Fair, Islington, London with Maclean Fine Art/Flying Colours/Beaux Arts
The British Art Fair, Chelsea , London with Flying Colours Gallery/Beaux Arts
artLondon Art Fair, Chelsea , London with Maclean Fine Art/Cameron Fine Art
Torronto International Art Fair, Toronto with Odon Wagner Fine Art
The Affordable Art Fair, Manhatten , New York with Flying Colours Gallery
The Affordable Art Fair, Singapore, with Panter and Hall Gallery
The Affordable Art Fair, London with The Gatehouse Gallery/Cameron Fine Art/Beaux Arts
The Glasgow Art Fair, Glasgow with the Gatehouse Gallery/Maclean Fine Art/Flying Colours/Cameron Fine Art
The Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh with The Fotheringham Gallery
The Affordable Art Fair, Bristol with Cameron Fine Art


Beaux Arts Gallery, Bath
Maclean Fine Art, London
Flying Colours Gallery, London
Panter and Hall, London
Belinda Taylor Fine Art, London
Cameron Contemporary Art, Brighton
The Last Gallery, Zurich
Odon Wagner Fine Art, Toronto
Balatro Fine Art, Palm Beach, Florida  
The Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow
The Compass Gallery, Glasgow
Art Exposure, Glasgow
Full Circle Gallery, Glasgow 
The Morningside Gallery, Edinburgh
The Edinburgh Gallery, Edinburgh
Flying Colours Gallery, Edinburgh
The Fotheringham Gallery, Bridge of Allan


The Royal Institute of Oil Painters Windsor and Newton Non-Member Award
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 National Open Art Competition Regional Prize for Scotland and the North
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 Paisley Art Institute Glasgow Arts Club Award
The Lady Artist’s Club Trust Award

Notable portraits

Sir Roger Penrose, Nobel Laureate, Wadham College, Oxford Univeristy
Sir Curtis Price, Warden of New College, Oxford University
Dame Prof. Frances Kirwan, Magdalen College, Oxford University
Dame Prof. Hermione Lee, President of Wolfson College, Oxford University
Dr Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum and Dr Thomas P. Campbell, Director of the Metropolitan Museum, NY, New College, Oxford University
Dr Wilson Sutherland, Acting Warden of New College, Oxford University
Mr Mervyn Rolfe, Lord Provost of Dundee
Dr Ian Graham-Bryce, Principal of Dundee University