Jessica Dunn - British artist in Portugal
Jessica Dunn was born in London in 1963. Daughter of actress Priscilla Morgan and comedy actor Clive Dunn. She grew up in an artistic environment and was inspired from an early age by her father who was a keen amateur portrait artist.
After her art foundation at Kingston Polytechnic, she continued drawing, painting and printmaking, before moving to Portugal to work for a design company. She has remained in the Algarve, painting in her studio and exhibiting in group and solo shows throughout Portugal and in the UK and Italy.
Aderita Artisticspace – Vale do Lobo, Portugal
SIAC4 (International Symposium of Contemporary Art) Guarda Museum, Portugal
Autumn Collective “ Aberto para Obras” Guarda Museum, Portugal
Roys People Art Fair, London UK
Naked Eye Gallery, Hove, UK
Anima Mundi, Dada Projects, Thiene, Italy
Galeria de Arte LiR, Lagoa, Portugal
Galerio, Lagoa, Portugal.
Hotel Tivoli Marina Vilamoura, Portugal
Museu da Mãe d’Àgua Lisbon, Portugal
1999 – 2014
Galeria Corte Real, Paderne, Portugal
Galeria Convento Espírito Santo, Loulé, Portugal
Galeria Cogíto, Setúbal, Portugal
Eaton Gallery London. UK
Her work has featured in the Wall Street Journal online and Hello magazine.
She holds an annual open studio in Boliqueime, Portugal.
"My latest work has transitioned from the figurative, to a more abstract impression of land, sea and sky, influenced by the elements, intense sunlight and the drama of the landscape, which is constantly shifting and changing.
I try to capture an impression of its transient nature, working across the canvas from dark to light, layer-by-layer, brushing on, scraping off, over and over as a colour-mood begins to develop and a story begins to emerge.
Tonal layering creates an impression of distance and depth and a focal point appears organically, drawing the viewer in.
Working on several pieces at a time, moving from one to the other with fluidity and energy, a rhythm develops…
For me it´s about the paint and the expressive marks created, which gradually evolve into something familiar, an imagined or remembered landscape, a sea, a sky, or just a feeling.
The visual experience becomes an emotive one, an illusion of being immersed in nature, reflective and timeless, of walking into a painting and feeling lifted."