Jenny Smith



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What is the best advice you have been given? (2013) Installed drawing SSA Annual Exhibition 2013, 150 x 325cm Laser cut black paper. Re-commisionable in different size, colour or material.

What is the key to happiness? (2014) Installed Drawing. Paper cut, 235 x 95cm, site specific commission

What is the most important decision you have made? (2013) Grass cut-out, Haugh Park, Cupar Arts Festival, 300 x 300cm

Untitled (2010) artist book, screen printed and laser cut, 6 x 6cm closed

Shadow Drawing I (2012) 52 x 52 cm, Laser etched limited edition print. One of a a series of 7.

What is the best advice you have been given? (detail) Installed drawing 150 x 325cm Laser cut black paper, Open Eye Gallery 2014. Re-commisionable in different size, colour or material.


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.

Jenny’s current research investigates the relationship between traditional methodologies and new technologies, exploring laser cutting as a drawing medium. She is currently developing socially engaged site specific work. Her installation "What is the best advice you have been given? " was created from 100 people's hand written answers to the above question, laser cut into black paper to preserve the integrity of the original hand wring and created for the SSA 2013 Annual Exhibition. Subsequent site specific works "What is the most important decision you have made?" was created for Cupar Arts Festival in 2013 and cut into the grass in Haugh Park by the Primary 7 children who answered the question. "What is the key to happiness?" (2014) was a paper - cut commission for the Noble Creative in Edinburgh. Jenny is available to commission new work in a variety of mediums.


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 has work held in public and private collections, including recent acquisitions by The Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. She was a recipient of a Scottish Arts Council Creative Research and Development Award and shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2009.Her work was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2014 and 2009. Jenny is listed in the 34th edition of Who’s Who in Art and is also Director of The Edinburgh Laser Cutting Studio


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