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Elaine Speirs


1989 - 93 Edinburgh College of Art BA Hons
1993 - 95 Slade School of Fine Art MA

Solo Exhibitions
2019 AndGallery, Edinburgh
2017 Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh
2014 And Collective, Bridge of Allan
2013 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

Selected Group Exhibitions
2021 The Stratford Gallery
2021 Artis Focus Week, And Gallery
2020 Winter Exhibition And Gallery
2020 Glimpse of GOld, Patriothall Gallery
2019 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery
2018 And Gallery, Edinburgh
2017 Basel, Switerland Art Fair, Arusha Gallery
2016 Shortlisted for W.Gordon Smith Award, Dovecot Studios
2016 SSA Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh
2015 Thompson's Gallery, London, Portrait Show
2015 Summer Exhibition, Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen
2015 Scottish Summer Exhibition, Thompson's Gallery
2015 Mall Galleries, London
2014 Paisley Art Institue, Paisley
2014 Aberdeen Art Gallery
2013 The Mall Galleries, London
2013 VAS, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2013 SSA Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh
2013 Aberdeen National Gallery
2012 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2012 Award Winner's Show, Glasgow Art Club
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2012 Royal SCottish Academy, Edinburgh
20212 Shortlisted National Open Art Competition
2012 Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
2012 Aberdeen National Gallery
2012 Paisley Institute Drawing Competition
2011 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2011 Quartet, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2011 VAS, Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh
2010 RSA, Edinburgh

2015 Purcell Works on Paper Award, Mall Galleries, London
2013 Caron Keating Memorial Art Award, Mall Galleries, London
2012 Glasgow Art Club Award

'In these new works for the Stratford Gallery I have created a deep historical well - from the domestic indulgence of the brilliant Berthe Morisot to the isolation of Tracey Emin, to the lively brushstrokes of the Impressionists. My main purpose was to capture the fluidity of paint, to express my familiarity with art history and allow my viewers a glimpse into a private sphere.

The works draw from memory, art history and contemporary life. They have an uneasy yet beautiful coexistence of contradictory states : Strength and vulnerability, loneness and hope, love and despair. I examined these tensions by capturing fleeting moments of humanity with the novel 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. A subject that is still ongoing and evolving all the time. I examine these tensions by employing a technique of wiping and layering that suggests the human process of erasure and reinvention. I am left with a series of momentary resolutions that contain both clarity and a sense of contingency.'

Studio Shots