Jessie Stevenson British, b. 1993

Jessie Stevenson (b. 1993) is a British artist based between London and Norfolk. She graduated from Central Saint Martins with a BA in Fine Art in 2017, including an Erasmus programme at the Akademie der bildenden Künste, Vienna in 2015. In 2022 Jessie graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art with an MFA in painting, receiving The Bartolomeu dos Santos Graduate Award.

Predominantly focusing on painting, Jessie is interested in the performative nature of this medium and is directly influenced by her surroundings. Her recent work is inspired by the wild landscape of her home in Norfolk. Interested in natural phenomena, Jessie takes familiar imagery found in Art history and combines it with her own experience of memory and place to create a feeling of sensory pleasure and spatial uncertainty in the work. By creating her own canvas ground using a mix of local marsh clay, she gives the physical basis of her work an important role in the process of making. Her colours are suggestive of contemporary digital pigments found in fashion advertising, while also evoking a sense of whimsical romanticism.

Recent exhibitions include; Dreaming in Colour, Bonhams, London (2022); The Pump House, Berntson Bhattacharjee, London (2022); Way Out East, Solo show with Sapling Gallery, London (2021); Stäying Alive, Berntson Bhattacharjee, Sweden (2021); Colour and Poetry online exhibition, The Slade (2021); Berntson Bhattacharjee X Women's Aid Charity Auction (2021); Mnemysone, Purslane (2021); Cutting At Lemons For Freckles, Skippings Gallery, Great Yarmouth (2021); The Ing Discerning Eye Exhibition (2020); The Heart of Light, The Silence (2020); Slade Runner, ASC Gallery, London (2020); Savage 2020, The Crypt Gallery, London (2020). She was winner of the Cass Art Prize in 2017 and is the recipient of the 2021 Col Art Residency in London. In November 2022 she will continue her work as part of The Richard Ford Award at The Prado Museum, Madrid.