Biography

Jenny Grevatte 2012 by Jay Goldmark

Jenny Grevatte 2012 by Jay Goldmark

Jenny Grevatte lives in Leicestershire. Her greatest influences have been Matisse and the Post-Impressionists, the Scottish Colourists, and the St. Ives School painters. More recently contemporary artists Peter Doig, Barbara Rae, Victoria Crowe and Michael Porter have inspired her in her use of mixed media.

She began her career in the 1970s as a painter of small still lives and was discovered by renowned art dealer, Lillian Browse, when only twenty nine.  Jenny’s first solo show was subsequently held at the Browse and Darby gallery, in Cork Street, London.

Many other solo shows have followed; generally one a year, in various well known galleries around the country. In 1991, her fortieth year, Jenny had a retrospective at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal. A prestigious solo show followed in 1992 at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, which toured to the Saarland, Germany.

From 1994 to 2007 her work was concerned mainly with landscape.

She recorded the many places she visited in her sketch books and these notated drawings formed the basis of her mixed media works back in the studio. She has travelled widely in search of inspiration and has interpreted France, Spain, Greece, Italy, Morocco, together with her home county of Leicestershire.

In 1997 she discovered Cornwall and has produced many vibrant paintings of its coast and harbour towns. In 2005 a book of Jenny’s work ‘Landmarks’ was published by Great Atlantic Publications to coincide with her solo show ‘Drawn To Cornwall’.

Her 2007 solo show of 40 paintings of Cornwall, ‘Casting an Eye’, was held in Cornwall in two venues: Falmouth and St. Just in Penwith, with the Great Atlantic Galleries.

Her 2009 show was held jointly with her ceramicist husband, John Wright, at the New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham. This exhibition was the result of two years’ work on the theme of trees and was called ‘Out of the Woods’.

From 2008 to 2009 she was Artist in Residence at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, where she had access to the hidden collection in the art stores for study and inspiration. This took her out of her comfort zone completely and she began working in new, expressive ways. Some paintings began to feature the figure and faces – elements that had never appeared in her work before.

In the summer of 2010, she had a landmark show entitled ‘A Painter’s Progress’ held at two public venues in Leicester: the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery and the Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester University (previously Embrace Arts).

At the New Walk Museum, Jenny showed the work she did whilst Artist in Residence there from 2008/9, responding to the work of artists in the collection; and at Attenborough Arts she showed a retrospective collection of 35 years of her work.

In November 2010 she showed her work jointly with her ceramicist husband, John Wright, in a show entitled “On Reflection” at Cambridge Contemporary Art. In November 2011 they showed their work together again in Farnham, Surrey, at the New Ashgate Gallery in an exhibition of potters and painters entitled ‘Perfect Pairings’.

2012 saw Jenny’s first solo exhibition with the Goldmark Gallery which was a great success with more than half the paintings sold. She is now a gallery artist there and had a second show in March 2015 which almost sold out.

Jenny is continually evolving and developing her ideas and methods. Recent themes include trees, sunbathers. hedges, rooks, cliffs and islands, rock pools, swimmers, huts and windows, bookshelves, and, her constant favourite, still life. Scale, format  and composition are exciting challenges for her . Her attention sometimes veers toward the abstract, but always with a nod to the world around her.

Jenny has always taught alongside her studio practice.She currently runs short courses at the Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester University  www2.le.ac.uk

Her work is in the collection of authors Allan Ahlberg and Carol Thompson, and actors Zoe Lucker, Susie Blake and Anne Cunningham.

She also has her work in many public collections, for example Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal; De Montfort University, Leicester; New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester; New Hall College, Cambridge; Christ’s College, Cambridge.


Curriculum Vitae


Solo Exhibitions

John Davies Gallery, Moreton in the Marsh, 2016

Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, 2015

Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, 2012

On Reflection, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, 2010

A Painter’s Progress (Retrospective 1973-2010), New Walk Museum and Art Gallery and Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester University, 2010

Out of the Woods, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey, 2009

Casting an Eye, Great Atlantic Gallery, Falmouth, Cornwall, 2007

New Rhythms, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey, 2006

A Closer Look (a collection of still life paintings), Great Atlantic Gallery, Monmouth, Wales, 2006

Drawn to Cornwall, Great Atlantic Gallery, St. Just, Cornwall, 2005

Drawing inspiration from the sun, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, 2004

New Paintings, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey, 2003

Sheen Gallery, Sheen, London, 2003

Catching a Glimpse, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey, 2002

Beyond the Surface (50th Year Exhibition), Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, 2001

Prisms of Colour, John Davies Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold, 2000

A Colourful Response, John Davies Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold, 1999

Jenny Grevatte at Home and Abroad, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, 1998

Featured Artist, Linton Court Gallery, Settle, North Yorkshire, 1997

Landscape and Still Life Paintings, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, 1996

Featured Artist, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey, 1996

Featured Artist, Jonleigh Gallery, Wonersh, Surrey, 1993

Recent Paintings, Bosener Muhle Kunstzentrum, Saarland, Germany, 1992

Recent Paintings, Leicestershire New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, 1992

Retrospective (1971-1991), Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria, 1991

Braybrook Cottage, Leicestershire, 1989/90/92

Artifact Fine Art, Leicester, 1985

Browse and Darby Ltd, Cork St., London W1, 1981

Alwin Gallery, London W1, 1980

Nottingham Playhouse Gallery, Nottingham, 1978

Haymarket Theatre Gallery, Leicester, 1976

St. Martin’s Gallery, Leicester, 1975

 

Selected Mixed Exhibitions Since 1980

Gallery artist, Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, 2014 -1 7

Woodlands, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, 2013

Painters and Potters, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey, 2011

New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey, 2009/10

Gallerytop, Rowsley, Derbyshire, 2008/09/10/11

Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford, 2008/09

East Anglian Landscapes, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, 2007

Gallerytop, Rowsley, Derbyshire, 2006/07

Three Artists, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, 2006

Affordable Art Fair, represented by Rowley Gallery, London, 2005

Gallery Artists, Great Atlantic Gallery, St. Just and Falmouth, Cornwall, 2005/07/08/09

Art 2005, Islington, represented by the Sheen Gallery, London, 2005

Gallery Nine, Birmingham, 2004/05

Five Artists, John Davies Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold, 2004

Art 2004, Islington, represented by Gordon Hepworth Fine Art, London, 2004

Gallery Artists, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, 2004/05/06

Russell Gallery, Barnes, London, 2003/04/05

British Art Fair, represented by Gordon Hepworth, Fine Art, 2003

Gallery Artists, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey, 2003/04/05/06

The Great Atlantic Map Works Gallery, Cornwall, 2003

Here comes the Sun, Joint exhibition between Falmouth Art Gallery and The Great Atlantic Map Works Gallery, Cornwall, 2003

Castle Gallery, Inverness, 2003

Glasgow Art Fair, Glasgow, 2003

Art 2003, Islington, represented by Gordon Hepworth Fine Art, London, 2003

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, 2002

Gallery Artists, Sheen Gallery, London, 2002/03/04/05/06

Landscape Artists, Great Atlantic Map Works Gallery, Cornwall, 2002

Gallery Artists, Geedon Gallery nr. Colchester Essex, 2002/03/04/06

Glasgow Art Fair, Glasgow, 2002

Art 2002, Islington represented by Gordon Hepworth Fine Art, London, 2002

As far as the eye can see – selected artists, Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester University, 2001

Gallery Artists, New Grafton Gallery, Barnes, London, 2001

Guildford Arts Summer Exhibition, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 2001

Gordon Hepworth Fine Art, Devon, 2001

Gallery Artists, Geedon Gallery, nr. Colchester, Essex, 2001

Three Gallery Artists, Sheen Gallery, Sheen, London, 2001

Spring Collection-three artists, Great Atlantic Gallery, St.Just-in-Penwith, Cornwall, 2001

Gallery Artists, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey, 2000/01/02

Gallery Artists, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, 2000

Six Artists, New Grafton Gallery, Barnes, London, 2000

John Davies Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold, 1999/2000

Browse and Darby Ltd., Cork St., London, 1997/98

Gallery Artists, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, 1996/97/98/99    

Gallery Artists, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey, 1994/95/97/98

C.C.A. Galleries, Trinity St., Cambridge, 1994/95

Return to Beauty, Roy Miles Gallery, London W1, 1994

Linton Court Gallery, Settle, N. Yorks, 1993

Jonleigh Gallery, Wonersh, Surrey, 1993/94/95

Austin/Desmond and Phipps, London W1, 1992

Phipps and Co. Fine Art, Cheyne Walk, London SW3, 1991/92

Two Painters, Linton Court Gallery, Settle, N. Yorks, 1990

Fosse Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold, Glos, 1990

Jonleigh Gallery, Wonersh, Surrey, 1990/91/92

Austin/Desmond Fine Art, Berks, 1989/90

Henry Wyndham Fine Art, Jermyn St., London SW1, 1989/90

Contemporary British Art Fair, London, 1988

Austin/Desmond Fine Art, Berks, 1988

Gallery Artists, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 1985/86/87

Browse and Darby Ltd., London W1, 1985/86/87/88/89

4 Women Artists, Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 1984

Ash Barn, Petersfield, Hants, 1982/83/84/85/86

Bath Festival of Contemporary Art, 1982/86

Guildford House Gallery, Guildford, Surrey (in association with Browse and Darby Ltd), 1982

Cassirer Fine Art, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1981/82

Chenil Galleries, London SW3, 1981

Browse and Darby Ltd., Cork St., London W1, 1980/81/82/83/84

 

Public Collections

Saarland State Collection

National Museum of Johannesburg

De Montfort University Collection, Leicester

 Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria

Leicester Museum and Art Gallery

Women’s Art Collection, New Hall, Cambridge

British Oxygen Company Art Collection, Windlesham

Hertfordshire County Council Art Collection

Christ’s College, Cambridge

Time and Tide Shipping Company, London

 

Awards

Visiting Artist to the Saarland, Germany, 1988

Exchange Artist to the Saarland, Germany, 1992

Artist in Residence, New Walk Museum, Leicester, 2008/9

 

Publications

‘Drawing Inspiration from the Sun’ published by Cambridge Contemporary Art, 2004

‘Landmarks’ published by Great Atlantic Publications, Cornwall, 2005

‘A Painter’s Progress’ published for the two venue show in Leicester at New Walk Museum and Embrace Arts, 2010

‘Jenny Grevatte’ catalogue published for solo show at the Goldmark GalleryForward Dr Alan Munro, 2012

‘Jenny Grevatte’ catalogue published for solo show at the Goldmark Gallery Forward Dr Mary Harlow, 2015

 

Details

DOB and Place:    08/04/1951, Bristol, England

 

Education:             1969-70 Leicester Polytechnic, Foundation Studies

                               1970-74 Leicester Polytechnic B.A. Hons. Fine Art

 

Teaching:               1978-84 Adult education, Leicestershire

                               1980/81/84 Visiting Lecturer, De Montfort University

                               1996/98 Part-time Tutor, Loughborough College of Art and Design

                               Part-time tutor at Attenborough Arts Centre since 1984