9th – 28th October 2007


New Paintings


Private views took place on:
Tuesday October 9th 6.30 – 8.30pm
Thursday October 11th 6.30 – 8.30pm
Thursday October 25th 6.30 – 8.30pm
Sunday October 28th 12.00 – 3.00pm

Due to public demand an extra private view was added on Thursday October 25th, 6.30 – 8.30pm.

Viewing by appointment at other times.

For further information contact Jonathan Ross: Phone 07747 807576
or jross@gallery286.com

Many of the paintings in the exhibition are related loosely or literally to the Grimms Fairy Tales, which I believe to be timelessly important and relevant in their magical exploration of eternal themes such as life and death, sexuality and rites of passage. I have repeatedly met, in my work with troubled children and young people, characters from the stories, such as the ‘bad’ girl from ‘The Woodcutters Child’ and the youth emotionally locked inside his own body as in ‘The iron Stove’. The Grimms Tales are far from fantasy in my mind, describing emotional experiences felt as strongly now as ever. My aim in the paintings has not been to illustrate the stories but to convey emotion through image, colour and gesture.

The other important element of these tales is one that continues to fascinate and excite me. That is, the backdrop in which they are set, the natural world of Northern Europe with its landscapes of forests, mountains and lakes and the constantly changing seasons and light along with the indigenous plants and animals that inhabit it.

‘The Painted Diary’ consists of 113 entries in gouache on black paper which were made between August 2004 and September 2005. The paintings illustrate my personal preoccupation on the day of making the entry. I looked inside myself to explore my deepest emotional and spiritual thoughts when making the diary. Recurring themes are concerned with life and death, art making and energy, cycles of nature and the changing seasons.

More information about Jennifer Binnie on her own website www.jevfinearts.co.uk

Jennifer Binnie’s work as one of the Neo Naturists recently featured in a retrospective exhibition at England & Co.

CV - Click to view
Art Education
1999-2002 PGCE Brighton University.
1978-1981 B.A. (hons.) degree in Fine Art, Portsmouth Polytechnic.
1976-1978 Two year Foundation course, Eastbourne College of Art and Design.

Group Exhibitions

June 2007 The Neo Naturists, England & Co., London
March 2007 Secret Public, ICA, London
October 2006 Secret Public, Kunstverein, Munich
May 2003 Whitechapel Project Space, London
December 2002 Gallery 286, Earls Court, London.
July 2002 Charleston Farmhouse, nr. Lewes, East Sussex.
October 1998 Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, East Sussex.
August 1998 A & C Gallery, Greenwich, London.
September 1997 Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, East Sussex.
September 1996 Towner Art Gallery, Eastbournse, East Sussex
May 1995 Riviera Gallery, Hastings, East Sussex.
October 1993 Olympian Arts, Centrepoint, London.
June 1992 Magic and Imagination, Spitalfields Heritage Centre, London.
October 1989 Jevington Fine Arts Workshop, Prism Gallery, Brighton.
August 1987 Young Contemporaries, Birch and Conran, London.
September 1986 Edward Reade Gallery, San Antonio Texas, U.S.A.
May 1986 International Contemporary Art Fair, Olympia, London.
March 1985 Edward Reade Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
December 1984 London Goes To Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
January 1984 .
10 Women Artists, Mountbatten Gallery, Portsmouth
July 1983 Procession, Mountbatten Gallery, Portsmouth.
July 1982 Neo-Naturist, painting and performance, B.2 Gallery, Wapping, London.
January 1981 Portsmouth Biennale, Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery.
September 1980 The Old Market Arts Centre, Brighton.

Solo Exhibitions

August 2006 Lewes Artwave, (open studios)
July 2003 Gallery 286, Earls Court, London
September 1998 Lewes Artwave, (open studios)
October 1997 Eastbourne Festival, (open studios)
May 1996 Brighton Festival, (open studios)
June 1991 Artist of The Day, Flowers East, London.
May 1990 The Bridge Gallery, London.
October 1988 Danlan de Bairead, London.
June 1985 James Birch Fine Art, London.
May 1984 James Birch Fine Art, London.