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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.

Exhibitions:

2020
Aderita Artisticspace – Vale do Lobo, Portugal

2019

SIAC4 (International Symposium of Contemporary Art) Guarda Museum, Portugal

Autumn Collective “ Aberto para Obras” Guarda Museum, Portugal

Roys People Art Fair, London UK

2018

Naked Eye Gallery, Hove, UK

2017

Anima Mundi, Dada Projects, Thiene, Italy

Galeria de Arte LiR, Lagoa, Portugal

Galerio, Lagoa, Portugal.

2015

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.

Artist Statement 

"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."

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