Jean Firth: Turn and Run, The Monkeys Ride
The Small Gallery
Grampian Hospitals Arts Trust
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
‘Turn and Run, The Monkeys Ride’ is based on a selection of photos from 2003 – of birthdays, Christmas, and one of many camping trips to the Allan Water (Roxburghshire) undertaken by Jean and her family. Following the recent loss of Jean’s father, his presence (and absence) in the works is particularly poignant. The contrast between the innocence of the children in the paintings and the forced maturity of losing a parent puts a tender slant on each piece.
Jean Firth is an award-winning artist from the Borders town of Hawick, living and working in Aberdeen. Jean’s work is primarily a mixture of painting and sewing – influenced by and portraying her family and early life experiences. Through the process of layering, removing, and editing the paintings, Jean turns photos and memories of growing up into mythological events. They begin to drift away from reality, into surreal and tangential forays into remembering and making.
Jean graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 2018 and remained in the city to continue making work in her studio at the Northern Arts Club which she shares with several other local artists.
Grampian Hospitals Art Trust
As part of its purpose to enhance the wellbeing of all those who spend time in NHS Grampian premises Grampian Hospitals Art Trust (GHAT) commissions artwork for new developments and hangs work from its extensive collection of 4000 artworks in hospitals across the region.
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