Jayne Stokes SSA

Artists Statement

“These works are rich with nostalgia, not least in the palette of colours associated with old print – colourised, over-processed and faded by passing decades. Bleached, earthy tones are
streaked with flashes of cadmium red and intense, saturated blues. But this is something more nuanced than a straightforward longing for a simpler age”
Author Jane Alexander 2016

Jayne was born in Shropshire in 1973. In 1996 she graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a first class degree in drawing and painting; and latterly studied at Winchester School of Art in Barcelona graduating with an MA in Fine Art in 1998.

She was recently awarded professional membership of the Society of Scottish Artists. She has been shortlisted for The Sunday Times Watercolour Prize in 2015 & 2016 and was selected to exhibit at the National Open Art Competition in London in 2017.

Jayne exhibits her work regularly in Scotland and in the UK.

‘I think we have an increasingly transient relationship with the landscape around us. Like many other people I take endless snapshots with my phone or digital camera of the journeys I make. I think that sometimes in this digital process we lose the connection that we have with nature when we experience it hands on.Painting is a tool which enables me to study the landscape in more depth. A photograph takes a fleeting moment whereas a painting can take hours, weeks and sometimes months to create. In a painting I can capture the textures and colours in more depth as layer upon layer of paint and collage is applied and manipulated. I want to celebrate the joy that we can experience when we stop and look closely at what surrounds us


1997 - 1998 Winchester School of Art, Barcelona, MA European Fine Art
1992 - 1996 Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hons) Drawing & Painting

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2014 ‘A Different Light’ RGI Award Exhibition, Crinan Hotel
2011 PassingPlaces Howden Arts Centre, Livingston
1998 ‘Unearthed’ Grizedale Forest Sculpture Park

Recent Group Exhibitions

2018 SSA/VAS Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2017 21st National Open Art, Oxo Tower, Bargehouse, London
‘All Square’ Cameron Contemporary Art, Brighton
Selected artist Macmillan Art Show, Bonhams, Edinburgh
’Drawings & Etchings’ Fidra Fine Art, North Berwick

2016 ‘‘Silent Spaces’ 3 person show, Fidra Fine Art
‘Sunday Times Watercolour Prize’ Mall Galleries, London
ING Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London
‘Moving Mountains’ An Ealdhain Arts Trust, Lime Tree Gallery
Royal Scottish Academy Open, Edinburgh
SSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2014 Longlisted John Moore’s Painting Prize


2017 SSA Open Eye Gallery Exhibition Prize
2016 Moidart Trust Award
2016 Art in Healthcare Prize, RSA
2012 The Crinan Residency, RGI
2000 South London Press, Community Artist Award

Artists Memberships - Society of Scottish Artists

Corporate Collections - Aberdeen Asset Management

Public Collections - Art UK website - Oil paintings in public ownership Edinburgh College of Art, Grizedale Arts, Art in Healthcare