Jean Firth



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waiting (shrouds) / oil on steel / 35 x 50 cm / 2019

remains (no suspect) / oil on steel / 50 x 35 cm / 2019

Scene : X62 / oil on copper / 20 x 15 cm / 2019

running/monkeyd (study) / mixed media on aluminium / 20 x 15 cm / 2020

who thought we burned? / oil on steel / 30 x 21 cm / 2020

red rug birthday boy / mixed media on aluminium / 15 x 20 cm / 2020


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.
The sewn pieces, formed to imitate the image of the Virgin Mary, have become artefacts of the mother, childhood, and tactile comforts.


Jean Firth is a young artist from Hawick, based in Aberdeen. Jean graduated from Gray’s School of Art with a first-class honours degree in Fine Art (Painting), and continues to work in a studio at the Northern Arts Club in Aberdeen. Jean’s work presents itself in a variety of mediums – oil, sewing, sculpture and installation.
The work is figurative, yet surreal – never revealing too much about the original subject matter but setting out a narrative to be uncovered by the viewer. Jean often deals with themes of childhood, motherhood, and the power and pain of nostalgia. She responds to many influences but finds painters Karin Mamma Andersson and Dorothea Tanning to be most important at the moment.


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