Monday, 5 April 2010
was born in Glasgow in 1975 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.
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." 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.
Bunny Smedley, critic and historian
☁ JENNIFER ANDERSON