Jenny Smith



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Study for Porchini 26x28cm laser engraved, limited edition print (2019)

Study for Maple, 26x28cm laser engraved, limited edition print (2019)

Bramble, 56x76cm laser engraved, limited edition print (2019)

Beetroot, 56x76cm laser engraved, limited edition print (2019)

Rowan, 56x76cm laser engraved, limited edition print (2019)

Garden of an Art Lover, limited edition artist book, laser engraved (2029)


Jenny Smith works in the medium of drawing, painting, print, artists' books, installation and film. Her work is an is investigation into the relationship between process and concept, within the context of memory, place and time, with particular reference to drawing in it's broadest sense.

Jenny creates processes within her work that reflect her experience of a particular time or place. Described as deceptively simple, Jenny creates work that is subtle, meditative and pared down, yet holds unexpected surprises when observed in close proximity.

Her current research investigates the relationship between traditional methodologies and new technologies, exploring laser cutting as a drawing medium. In her recent work she takes the tradition of botanical drawing as a starting point. These soft and subtle new prints have a Victorian, sepia feel to them, but are created with the new technology of laser engraving, creating a visual tension between the old and the new.

Jenny uses everyday plants and shrubs which have medicinal qualities as source material, reminding us of our close connection to nature and the traditional healing power of the natural world. Jenny’s last solo show Medicinal Nature at the House of an Art Lover in Glasgow was awarded as an Exhibition Prize at the SSA Annual Exhibition.

Jenny also has a socially engaged site-specific practice, creating limited edition drawings, prints and installations from people's hand written answers to the same question, which she laser cuts into paper, wood acrylic and grass. Please see her website for further details of this work. Jenny is available for commission.


Jenny lives and works in Edinburgh, exhibiting nationally and internationally. She gained a 1st class degree in Drawing and Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art , Dundee and an MA in Multi Disciplinary Print at UWE, Bristol. Jenny has won numerous Awards including the RSA Award for Painting and Friends of the RSA Bursary, with which she undertook a study visit to Japan. Jenny has work held in public and private collections, including acquisitions of her artist books by The Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. She has been a recipient of a Scottish Arts Council Creative Research and Development Award and shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Her work has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition on a number of occasions and she regularly exhibits with the SSA. Jenny is listed in the 34th edition of Who’s Who in Art and is also Director of The Edinburgh Laser Cutting Studio. Jenny has been a Council of the SSA between 1996-1999 and 2016-2019.


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