Overview

Jennifer Douglas' work references the working environments of heavy and light industry and their painterly equivalents within the history of modern and contemporary art.
Recent paintings on canvas reference both the
Buchi and Tagli (holes and slashes) of Lucio Fontana, and more specifically refer back to the artists aesthetic revelation at the battered, drilled and overpainted walls of an abandoned factory in post industrial Teesside (an area of Northern England subject to successive years of economic decline and dis-investment since the 1980’s).

Using proletarian materials such as industrial floor paint or carbon paper (a redundant material she associates with her Grandmother’s generation of women working en-masse in typing pools for the civil service) Douglas creates serene monochromatic canvases which she then works ‘blind’ - repeatedly puncturing and scratching the surface to create works that are both violent and painterly and refer back to the accidental beauty of toil and labour. A recent shift in her practice sees Douglas inverting this order of materials, using gold and silver leaf to cover her surfaces, and then using chemical reactions to destabilise and heavily tarnish the works creating paintings that resist the symbolism of wealth and point back, earth-bound, to the elemental properties of materials and their inevitable decline. 

 

Jennifer Douglas was born in 1975 in Amersham, UK. She studied Fine Art at Newcastle University and completed her MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 2005.

Exhibitions include Crab Walk, NGCA, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK; Confusion in her eyes that says it all, Maria Stenfors, London, UK; Tip of the Iceberg, Contemporary Art Society, London, UK; From Acanthus to Zebrawood  Cooper Gallery, University of Dundee, UK; Beijing/Glasgow, Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; Exit Strategy, Tramway, Glasgow, UK; The Games we Play, Barcsay Sala, Budapest; VANE Export, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; You Shall Know Our Velocity, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK. Her work is represented in collections such as The Government Art Collection UK; Tyne and Wear Museums Collection, UK. Simmons and Simmons, UK

Jemnnifer Douglas lives and works in Gateshead and Newcastle UK

Works
Exhibitions
Biography

Biography
 
Born 1975 Amersham, UK
1995 - 1999 BA (hons) Fine Art University of Newcastle upon Tyne
2003 - 2005 MFA Glasgow School of Art

Selected Solo Exhibitions
 

2015

SO, Workplace London, London, UK

Manchester Contemporary, Solos presentation, Manchester, UK

2013

Jennifer Douglas, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK

2012

Would You Care For Anything?, 36 Lime Street Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

2010
The Short Score, DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery, Durham UK
2008
FANTASTICA, Grundy Art Gallery & Museum, Blackpool, UK
2007
Jennifer Douglas, The Wood Between the Worlds, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK
2005
High Roller, Project Rooms, Glasgow, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions
 

2019

Touching From a Distance, The Conduit, London

2018

Have I Been Here Before?, Century Club, London

2017

In and Out of Sight, UH Gallery Hertfordshire, UK
2016
Identify Your Limitations, Acknoledge the Periphery, Vitrine, London, UK

Object Relations, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

2015

DOT DOT DOT DASH, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK

Crab Walk, NGCA, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK

Beyond The Goldmine Standard, RPM Music, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

2014

Confusion in her eyes that says it all, Maria Stenfors, London, UK

Satellite Satellite, Workplace London, London, UK

2013

Tip of the Iceberg, Contemporary Art Society, London, UK

SURFACE, Gallery@The Civic, Barnsley, UK

Dallas Art Fair 2013, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, UK

2012

Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK

Salon Art Prize, Matt Roberts Arts, London, UK

Collecting Contemporary Art, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

2011
ROTATE, Contemporary Art Society & Shortlist Media, London, UK
2010
The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester, UK
Northern Futures, The Civic, Barnsley, UK
2008
TOMORROW THE FUTURE, Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton, UK
From Acanthus to Zebrawood  Cooper Gallery, University of Dundee, UK
Past as Present, York Art Gallery, UK
2007
EMERGENCY3, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK
2006
You Shall Know Our Velocity, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
2005
Beijing/Glasgow, Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing
Exit Strategy, Tramway, Glasgow, UK
The Space in-between the Sole and the Heel, Globe Gallery, North Shields, UK
Strange Currencies, Park Circus, Glasgow, UK
2004
International Exchange Exhibition, Hunter College, New York, UK
The Games we Play, Barcsay Sala, Budapest
2003
Space Between Us, SMART Project Space, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
2002
Ladies Only, Collect Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Capital, VANE, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
2000
Playing Fields, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Precedence, Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
1999
VANE Export, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Rocket 2, VANE, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Towards the Millennium, Artsway, Hampshire, UK
Degree Show, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, UK
 
Commissions
 
2007
Jerwood Billboard Commission, Jerwood Space, London, UK
2004
Nimbus Concertina, Blue River Design, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
 
Residencies and Awards
 

2012

The Salon Art Prize

2010
Northern Futures Award 2010
2007
Art Gene, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK
2001
Fellowship, Northern Print Studio, North Shields, UK
2000
Artist in Residence, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
1999
Fire in the Land, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Aberdeenshire, UK
 
Bibliography
2017

Enduring but in Cinders, Lizzie Lloyd; exhibition catalogue: UH Gallery

2005
Exit Strategy, Hiscox MFA Glasgow Degree Show catalogue, ISBN 0 901904 44 9, UK
 
Collections

Government Art Collection, UK

Simmons and Simmons, UK

Tyne and Wear Museums Collection, UK
The Lodeveans Collection, UK
Business Collectors Network Collection, UK

Currell Collection, UK
Private Collections, UK

Publications
Art Fairs