Jean Picton

Born in 1934, Jean joined a circus at the age of 14 and began a theatrical career. From this modest beginning, by the 1950s (having toured most variety theatres in the UK), Jean became one of the famous Windmill Girls at the Windmill Theatre in the West End of London, working with such greats as Harry Secombe and Bruce Forsyth. In 1990 she began painting seriously, and spent many years studying art. In 2002 Jean graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a BA (Hons) in Fine Arts. She has also completed a design diploma at Central St Martin's and studied art and design and ceramics at West Hertfordshire College of Art & Design. Jean’s work is more about “painting” than "flowers". The subject matter is used as a means to explore the skill of tonal values, composition and the drawn line. She has moved through various phases in her development; from minimalist poppy images to more complex structured paintings, exploring a deeper resonance of colour. Jean visited India in 2011 which left a lasting impression on her. The intense colours she saw around her made her think about the relationship between colours and their ability to create movement on canvas. Her latest works are the result of this thinking. Jean has taken the abstract form to a larger scale, intensified the colours by adding a resin finish, and thus created "movement" within the work.

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