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About Jenny Meehan
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"We must try to step aside from the confusion of schools, movements, and current fads, and attempt to see the whole story of art as a meaningful effort of mankind...Art is a product of evolution - not often a result of revolution - a product of meaningful insights accumulated by artists over thousands of years. Fortunately, these insights cannot be easily erased; they continue to endure and they eventually modify and absorb the useful products of revolution"
From "The Meaning of Abstraction" by Nathan Cabot Hale.
Jenny Meehan (née Jennifer Gray) grew up in Teddington Middlesex. After a BTEC Diploma in Art and Design and Advanced Level Art at Richmond Upon Thames College in Twickenham she abandoned her aspirations in art for a while, but when later studying as a mature student at Hillcroft Women's College in Surbiton, her interest in Literature and the History of Art spurred her forwards to Kingston University for a BA Hons Degree in Literature. A Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Roehampton University led to a career in teaching for several years.
Jenny then continued her professional training over a period of six years through the short course programme at West Dean College near Chichester and through local adult education provision. This pathway of training gave her a vast amount of experience with different materials and techniques and contact with a wide range of other talented artists who have greatly informed her development.
Jenny takes a process led approach and while the art she creates is informed by her research activities, her outlook on life, and personal experiences, it is the formal qualities and what she perceives as the presence or poetry of the work itself which she is most concerned with. Her visual art is intimately connected with her writing and poetry, and the relationship between these two strands of her creativity is a lively and interesting one.
Jenny is particularly interested in the relationships between creativity, spirituality and mental health and wellbeing and uses both Christian contemplative practices and participation in regular psychoanalysis to inform the direction and development of her artistic practice. She explores this dimension of her life experiences and thinking through an artist's blog on Wordpress: Jenny Meehan Artist's Journal - The Artist's Meandering Discourse.
"Working with abstract elements of art: line, shape-form-mass, pattern, scale-proportion-space, analysis-dissection, lightness-darkness and colour, is a joyful task, with endless opportunities to explore and experiment. Over the last three years, I've been fortunate enough to develop my painting which has moved from the representational/figurative into the more imaginative/suggestive realm, but I am quite sure that the only reason for this is that I have "fallen in love" with the materials I use to such an extent that it no longer feels like what I paint needs to be a central focus. "
Jenny exhibits her work mainly in the United Kingdom. See the exhibition history via the Exhibitions tab.
Jenny Meehan is a member of Kingston Artists' Open Studios, Guildford Arts, Kingston Arts, and St Paul's Church of England Church in Hook, Surrey. She is interested in spiritual formation generally, and how visual art contributes to emotional and psychological wellbeing. Areas of study at the moment are the art of spiritual direction, (spiritual mentoring/prayer life guidance) and the contemplative way of life. Jenny's artworking is bound up in Christ centred spirituality which informs her everyday life.