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Sharon Quigley

Artist Biography

Artist’s statement: The body; its multitude of functions and its relationship with the material properties of paint, are concerns in my work. I use it as a framework to explore the subjects of physicality, intimacy and sensation. I create intricately patterned surfaces, fusing a myriad of cultural references, from topographic and diagrammatic engravings, arabesques, micrographic reproductions and cellular structures, in an attempt to explore and reflect the correlation that exists between them. In recent paintings, scenes which invoke the natural world also reveal the anatomy of patterns which persist and endure throughout life.

Sharon Quigley Studied

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee 1986 – 1990 B.A (Hons) Fine Art – Painting (First Class) M.A European Fine Art, Barcelona, Winchester School of Art 1994 - 1995

As a visual artist Sharon balances collaboration with self-directed studio practice. She is the current President of the Society of Scottish Artists and has undertaken a number of well received visual art/ public art commissions and research projects. Sharon studied painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee before completing an MA in European Fine Art in Barcelona. She currently lives and works in Edinburgh. Quigley has been the recipient of several awards including, most recently, the W and Jay Gordon Smith Award, The Royal Scottish Academy Latimer Award, The Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts Exhibitionship, The Jeffrey Orchar Award for Painting, SSA Edinburgh Printmakers’ Visiting Artists Award and a Hope Scott Publication and Travel Award. She has work in numerous collections, including the University of Stirling’s Art Collection, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Mastercard, Art in Health Care, Baillie Gifford and The International Centre for Cultural Development in India. Sharon has undertaken residencies with the University of Stirling’s Archive Department, Atlas Arts, Forth Valley Royal Hospital, The Changing Room, Gallery, Stirling, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen and The International Centre for Cultural Development, India.

Selected Exhibitions 

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

Luminal, House for an Art - Lover Pavilion Studio (2016), Staring at the Ceiling Looking at the Stars, University of Stirling’s Art Collection (2016), East Kilbride Art Centre (2015), Beatha air an Fhearainn (Life on the Land) Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist, (2014) GARAGE, Edinburgh Arts Festival, (2014), Dreaming of Sleeping, Bedroom GARAGE, Edinburgh (2012), Strata, Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London, (2010), Amber Roome Contemporary Art, Edinburgh, (2007), Phillip’s Contemporary Art, Manchester (2000). 

Professional Membership 

2017 - present Elected President, Society of Scottish Artists

2014 Elected Vice President, Society of Scottish Artists 

2013 - present Board Member, Exhibiting Societies of Scottish Artists 

2012 Elected Council Member, Society of Scottish Artists 

2009 Scottish Artist Union 1998 Society of Scottish Artists, Professional Member

Awards 

W Gordon Smith Award (SSA and VAS) 2018

Hope Scott Trust Award (Publication) 2009 

Edinburgh Printmakers Visiting Artists Printmaking Prize (SSA) 2008 

Hope Scott Trust Award (Travel)1995 

Royal Glasgow Institute Exhibitionship Prize 1994 

Royal Scottish Academy Latimer Award 1993 

James Guthrie Award for Painting 1991

Selected Residencies and Commissions 

Art in Health Care Commission, Rohallion Secure Care Unit 2016

Anne Frank Trust Commission 2015

Stirling District Asylum Archive, Artist in Residence, University of Stirling 2014-2015

Gartnavel Royal Hospital Dementia Research Residency, 2014-2015

Bring the Outside In, Stirling Community Hospital Commission, 20142015

Atlas Arts Residency Taighchearsabaigh Art gallery and Museum, North Uist, July-October 2014 

Children’s Spaces, Artist in Residence, Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert, 2013-2014 

Changing Room Gallery,  Abrupt Encounters Residency, 2012 

International Centre for Cultural Development, Artist in Residence, Trivandrum, India, 1998 

Peacock Printmakers Workshop, Artist in Residence, Aberdeen, 1991

Collections

Art in Healthcare 

Collection University of Stirling Art Collection 

Cardiology Department, Forth Valley Royal Hospital

Baillie Gifford Headquarters 

Mastercard International 

Royal Bank of Scotland 

University of Dundee International 

Centre for Cultural Development, India