I am thrilled to be kicking off 2020 here at The Fosse Gallery with a Solo Exhibition featuring renowned artist Jenny Wheatley RWS, NEAC. The collection consists of 40 oils, acrylics and watercolours and Jenny has entitled the Show “Journeys”.
Subject matter is key to Jenny’s exuberant paintings and she is constantly drawn to the more remote parts of the British Isles and further afield. For this Exhibition her hunting ground has extended from Exotic Indian Palaces to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in search of the perfect “wee hut”.
When Jenny started out as an artist she painted “en plein air”, working in front of the subject. Increasingly nowadays her work is moving more towards capturing the “flavour” of the place. She develops her canvases from working drawings, written notes and memory as well as painting in situ. “I love the whole process of painting- from my reaction to the subject through each application of paint to surface. I am constantly striving to evoke the taste, smell and essence of a place, rather as I would imagine a musician trying to find the exact combination of notes that captures a memory” enthuses Wheatley about her work.
Born in 1959, Jenny trained at West Sussex College of Art and Design and at that time was one of the youngest artists to be elected to both the New English Art Club and Royal Watercolour Society.
She has exhibited far and wide; one of her paintings was chosen by Grayson Perry RA to be part of the 250th anniversary of the Summer Exhibitions at the Royal Academy last year.
She was an expert judge on two series of the popular Channel 4 programme Watercolour Challenge and her paintings reside in collections globally including those of HM the Queen Mother, HM the Queen, National Collection of Malta and Qindao Museum in China.