I was brought up on the East coast of Scotland, from where I left to attend the Chelsea School of Art. I then gained an Honours Degree in Painting and Drawing at Gray’s School of Art, followed by a Post Graduate Diploma in Painting, studying under Alexander Fraser and Joyce Cairns.
During this time and following I gained various prizes and scholarships which include:
Hector Memorial prize 1988
Paisley drawing competition winner 1989
Hospitalfield House Scholarship 1989
David Gordon Memorial prize 1990
Royal Scottish Academy, John Kinross scholarship to Florence
British Consul Bursary 1991
International Young Artist’s Workshop: Pordenone Italy 1991
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award for figurative work 1992
Highland Young artists Award 1993
I have completed various commissions, and my work is in the collections of the Royal Scottish Academy, Robert Gordon’s University Archives and the Highland Councils collection.
My work has been exhibited alongside Peter Howson, Joyce Cairns amongst others during the Faces and Figures exhibition of the Highland Council Archives in 2013.
I have exhibited widely in the past throughout Scotland including a solo show at Inverness Art Gallery and Museum.
Recent exhibitions have been at the
Inchmore Gallery, Inchmore Inverness : New Artists, New Work July 2012 and the Winter exhibition 2012,
The Found Gallery, Dunbar 2013
The Atholl Gallery,Dunkeld 2013
Inchmore Gallery – Spring Exhibition 2014
ARTISTS STATEMENT: My work at present looks how the landscape around us is formed by politics, literature and the visual arts and how this changes how we look at the world around us. I use collage to layer information and history into the works and allow for the work to develop itself.
I am currently working on a series of works base on St Kilda and the peoples who lived and worked there.
you can see more of Jo’s work on www. JoYoungFineArt.co.uk