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. Jessie is currently studying for an MFA in Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art.
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; 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); Inhabiting the Dome, Whiteleys, London (2019). She was winner of the Cass Art Prize in 2017 and is the recipient of the 2019 Joya: AiR Residency in Spain and 2021 Col Art Residency in London.