Jennifer Mackenzie – Solo Exhibition Preparations

We are delighted to announce our solo exhibition for this year, with the wonderfully talented artist, Jennifer Mackenzie. Jennifer will exhibit 40 of her beautiful paintings at Gallery Heinzel from Saturday 9th March to 20th April 2019.

Ahead of our exhibition opening we want to tell you a little bit about Jennifer and her incredible work. In addition, Jennifer will be joining us at the opening to chat about her paintings (full details at the bottom of this blog post).

Jennifer Mackenzie in her studio in Golspie

About Jennifer Mackenzie

Jennifer Mckenzie is a Scottish artist who lives and works in the beautiful setting of Golspie, Sutherland. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in the 1970s, where she was taught and influenced by great artists such as David Donaldson, Duncan Shanks and Leon Morocco. It was here that Jennifer was allowed the freedom to hone her artistic abilities and creative talent.

Following graduation she taught Art and Design in schools in Lanarkshire, Inverness and Sutherland. Since her retirement from teaching in 2001, Jennifer has been painting professionally and exhibiting her art in numerous galleries across Scotland.

Jennifer has exhibited with us for more than 25 years, however this will be Jennifer’s first solo show with Gallery Heinzel.

‘Winter Tulips’ oil on canvas by Jennifer Mackenzie featuring an illustration of ‘Elise’ by David Donaldson.

About Jennifer’s paintings

Ever since her days at Glasgow School of Art, Jennifer has been passionate about still life compositions, with flowers often the main subject matter. Since October, she has relied on shop-bought flowers for this exhibition. However, Jennifer’s husband is a keen gardener, and she often raids his borders for props over the summer months.

Shop bought flowers arranged in one of Jennifer’s favourite jugs that appears regularly in her compositions.

Jennifer’s paintings are a very personal response to what is around her, in terms of colour, light and space. Before creating her composition, she considers the colours she will use very carefully, then mixes them on the palate rather than on the canvas. Her paintings have a remarkable texture. She applies the paint with a palette knife wiping the canvas with a rag if she feels that the texture is becoming too repetitive.

Jennifer’s paint covered palette knife is camouflaged as she prepares to mix just the right shade.

For Jennifer, the biggest challenge is deciding whether a painting is complete. She admits that once she starts footering, that’s when it’s usually time to stop.

About the exhibition

This exhibition will include over 40 of Jennifer’s still life compositions painted over a number of months since summer 2018.

It runs for 6 weeks from 9th March to 20th April 2019 at Gallery Heinzel on Thistle Street, Aberdeen, and is available to view online from 4th March.


Come to our opening event

The exhibition opens 11am on Saturday 9th March. The Gallery Heinzel team and Jennifer will be on hand to introduce you to the work.

You can drop in anytime between 11am and 2pm, be among the first to view Jennifer’s exhibition, meet the artist and enjoy a glass of bubbly.

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If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can email or call 01224 625629.