Victor Felix Gallery

Jackie Anderson


Anthony Leaving. 122 x 164 cm, 2004

Anthony. 36 x 36 cm, 2004

Fading Light. 37 x 26 cm, 2006

Melanie. 102 x 122 cm, 2007

Morning. 102 x 135 cm, 2004

Ruth. 30 x 32 cm, 2005

Shadow. 31 x 33 cm, 2007


Jackie Anderson is an artist based in Glasgow. She has a degree in Sociology from Aberdeen University and a MFA from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee. Over the past ten years she has exhibited widely throughout the UK and has shown work in New York and Palo Alto, California. Jackie has won a number of awards, most recently the Alastair Salvesen Art Scholarship. This travel award will allow Jackie to make new work in Trinidad and Tobago which will be exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in March 2008.

Jackie Anderson is based in Glasgow and has been exhibiting since the mid 1990s, predominantly in Scotland and London. She has won a number of awards including the Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Scholarship in 2001.

Her work on this site is grouped to reflect changing concerns and developments. However, the paintings share a concern with colour, tone and reduction. Certain details are carefully described, while others are eliminated, thus allowing room for the viewer to fill in the gaps.

Many of these paintings have been created using almost transparent washes of paint so the surface appears stained rather than painted upon, resulting in an unusually fragile image.

Anderson's portraits dispense with the relationship between artist and sitter, catching her subjects unawares, presenting their most private moments, those spent alone in public. These are works full of movement, too, sometimes doubling a figure to catch a shift in expression, sometimes painting only the place that her subject has been, will be, or, even, might never be. The public spaces through which Anderson's subjects pass are reduced on her canvases to thin shadows and abstracted forms, just as her subjects pass by buildings, cash machines and doorways without seeing them, their surroundings rendered invisible by familiarity. This not only serves to foreground, figuratively and literally, the people painted, it also further absents Anderson from her work as a painter of portraits; the result is a communion between subject and viewer as private as the fleeting moments she has captured.

Jack Mottram, 2005


Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, 2001-02 Master of Fine Art

University of Aberdeen, 1991-95 MA (Hons) Sociology: 2:1

Solo Exhibitions

'in-between' — 2005 Amber Room Contemporary Art, 75/79 Cumberland St, Edinburgh, EH3 6RD

A two person exhibition with Toby Messanger – Intermedia, 18 King Street, Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5QP

Aberdeen Artists Exhibition — 2004 Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen

AAF Contemporary Art Fair — 2004, 03, 02, 01 Battersea Park, London

Head Strong — 2003 7 Bedford Row, London

Fresh Paint — 2003 Maclean Fine Art 23 Cork St, London

Generator Members Show — 2003, 02 Generator Projects, Mid-Wynd, Dundee

Flesh — 2003 Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee

Masters Expo — 2003 Generator Projects, Mid-Wynd, Dundee

R.S.A. Student Exhibition — 2002 Maclellan Galleries, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow

R.G.I. — 2002, '01, '00 Maclellan Galleries, Sauchiehall St, Glasgow

R.S.A. — 2002, 01, 00 Royal Academy, The Mound, Princes St, Edinburgh

The Discerning Eye — 2000 The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London

Noble and Grossart Painting Prize, Finalists Exhibition — 2000 Royal Academy, The Mound, Princes St, Edinburgh Glasgow Art School, Renfrew St, Glasgow

Visual Arts Scotland — 1999 Royal Academy, The Mound, Princes St, Edinburgh Flat 3/2, 18 Montague Street, Glasgow, G4 9HX


Firm Favourites, Highlights and Recent Acquisitions from The Fleming Collection — 2007 The Fleming Collection, London

AAF Contemporary Art Fair New York City — 2007 Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, New York

The London Art Fair — 2006 Islington, London

Celeste Art Prize Finalist Exhibition — 2006 Old Truman Brewery, London

Group Exhibition — 2006 Amber Room Contemporary Art, 75/79 Cumberland St, Edinburgh, EH3 6RD

Face Value — 2006 Chelsea Art Gallery, Palo Alto, California, USA

Glasgow Art Fair — 2006, 2004, '03, '02, '01 George Square, Glasgow

BP Portrait Award — 2005, '04, '03, '02 National Portrait Gallery, London