Joyce Gunn Cairns
Selected for the 2018 and the 2017 Scottish Portrait Award exhibitions.
Companions, SPA 2018
Mary as Mrs Docherty, associate of Burke and Hare, Spa 2017
Literature is my first passion and I have been drawing writers for many years. Ten of those drawings are in the collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPG). In 2019 I have an exhibition of heads in the Scottish Poetry Library and a two-person exhibition with writer and artist Alasdair Gray.
An artist of conviction and integrity is always striving towards deeper expression, and always has the feeling of falling short.
I have been working daily and exhibiting regularly for almost forty years. My work includes figurative and wildlife, reflecting my belief in the inter-relatedness of all sentient beings. I exhibit regularly and, against the odds, have enjoyed considerable success: ten works in the collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPG) and inclusion in several SNPG exhibitions; numerous prizes, regular favourable reviews, interviews on radio and TV and many solo and joint exhibitions, latterly with Alasdair Gray. In Edinburgh, I exhibit with the Union and Sutton Galleries.
Other works outside the Scottish Portrait Awards