Kirsty Wither

Kirsty Wither

Born 1968head shot

Education: 1986-1990 Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen BA (Hons) Fine Art (painting)


2011 Entry in The Dictionary of Scottish Painters: 1600 to the Present by Paul Harris and Julian Halsby

2004 Elected Artist Member of the Chelsea Arts Club



Kirsty’s Personal Statement 2014

I started using oil paint at art school in Aberdeen nearly 30 years ago – and it was an absolute revelation! The smell, consistency, texture, richness of colour; I loved everything about it. I still feel exactly the same, maybe more so.

Generally working without references, but with a strong initial idea of subject and composition, the painting can quickly take on it’s own direction. it seems the actual working process can be virtually subconscious, allowing the picture-making process to be an intuitive and inventive. The surface of the painting has a life of its own,the subject matter can be secondary and the painting develops through a variety of layers and marks, light, shade and colour.

Recently I have been introducing new elements to the still life paintings. Lemons, oranges, tomatoes and pears are sitting alongside flowers and vases, creating different compositions and perspective, alongside the zinging colours. The new paintings also have more texture, the layers of paint building up thickly in places to emphasize different areas of the canvas.

Regular travel is always an inspiration, and never more so than when on home turf – my landscapes have always been rooted in Scotland. The light and drama is refreshed in my mind with each visit. There are rumbustuous groups of trees appearing in the paintings, and even suggestions of buildings. The landscapes seem to combine the lush colour and wild nature of Scotland with the rolling South Downs of Sussex where I now live.

Solo Exhibitions 1990 – 2014

2014 OpenEye Gallery, Edinburgh

2013 Portland Gallery, London

2012 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

2011 Mansfield Park Gallery, Glasgow

2010 Portland Gallery, London
2010 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2009 Mansfield Park Gallery, Glasgow
2008 Portland Gallery, London
2008 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2007 Mansfield Park Gallery, Glasgow
2006 Portland Gallery, London
2006 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2005 The Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow
2004 Portland Gallery, London
2004 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2003 The Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow
2002 Portland Gallery London
2002 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2001 The Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow
2001 The Richmond Hill Gallery, London
2000 The Richmond Hill Gallery, London
2000 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1999 The Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow
1999 The Richmond Hill Gallery, London
1998 The Clachanmore Gallery, Stranraer
1998 The Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow
1997 The Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow
1995 The Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow
1993 The Cree Gallery, Wigtownshire

Selected Group Exhibitions 1989- 2013

Royal Glasgow Institute

Singer & Friedlander Competition – Invited artist, The Mall Galleries, London

Albany Gallery, Cardiff

Art Fairs, New York, Battersea, Bristol, Hampstead, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Chelsea

Cameron Contemporary Art

Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh

The Richmond Hill Gallery, London Art 2002

Portland Gallery, London

Scottish Artists and Artist Craftsmen
Glasgow Print Studio
Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Eton
Frames Gallery, Perth
The Gatehouse Gallery, Glasgow
Glasgow Society of Women Artists
Leith Gallery, Edinburgh
Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow
Riverside Gallery, Stonehaven
Catto Gallery, London
Heinzel Gallery, Aberdeen
McCauley Gallery, Edinburgh
McLaurin Galleries, Ayr
De Putron Art Consultants, Air Gallery, Dover St, London
MacLean Fine Art, Arndean Gallery, Cork St, London
Art for Life, Christies, London
Heartbeat, Edinburgh
The Strathearn Gallery, Crieff

Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries

The Jerdan Gallery, Crail

Red Rag Gallery, Bath

Edgar Modern Gallery, Bath

Charity Auctions/Exhibitions 

2013 postcards for sick kids Edinburgh

2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2004 Macmillan Cancer Relief Exhibition, Glasgow

2006 June – Amnesty International and Gay Pride auction, Brighton Rocks, Brighton
2006 June – Hatwalk charity Event/Auction, Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh
2005 Walk for Life, breast cancer charity auction

Corporate Collections

Eastwood District Council, Glasgow
Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
Gleacher & Co, London
Misys plc, London

Work in Reproduction

Aquarelle Publishing: 8 giclee prints

Hibel, JAPAN: 14 giclee prints
The Art Group: 16 greetings cards and 8 posters
The Art Group: 6 limited edition giclee prints

Woodmansterne: 2 greetings cards
IKEA: 2 packs of 5 postcards

Buckingham Fine Art: 14 Signed Giclee editions.


2014 House and Garden Diary News page

2014 Huffington Post Art Fair recommendations

2014 Harpers Bazaar online, celebrating female artists

2014 Psychologies magazine online, Art for All

2014 Casenove wealth management magazine. Investment feature

2013 The Spectator, arts feature by William Cook

2013 Homes and Interiors Scotland, Scottish Colourist Tradition feature

2012 Velocity, Cityjet’s in flight magazine, feature

2011 Artists and Illustrators magazine, artist feature

2010 The Herald, Arts feature

2008 Scotland on Sunday, At Home magazine, feature

2005 Leisure Painter, feature

2005 Executive Lifestyle

2004 The Artist Magazine, Artist feature