Degree: BA Hons (First) Fine Art
University: Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
Graduation Year: 2012
Lisa Scrimgeour’s work encourages immediate responses to the elusive quality of identity. Large masked portraits absorb the composition, forcing confrontation. The use of subtle colour is used to aggravate a subdued, melancholy whilst expressive texture reveals fluid and grotesque depths of expression. The figures themselves seem almost contemplative, lost and alone. Their gaze reaches out with their frames grasping onlookers with detailed eyes. The painterly masks remain expressive and envelop each face, creating disturbing, dramatic depths in which the viewer themselves are left to contemplate. Stirring emotional responses, the works visceral enigmatic and destructive form disrupt traditional concepts of identity to create catharsis for the moral and social burdens of the everyday.
I am a portrait artist predominantly interested in culture, identity and stigma. My paintings contain a visceral quality that responds to the fragility and the vulnerability of the flesh. My initial ambition was to challenge traditional concepts of our interior and exterior identities. I sought to use my art to arouse questions of beauty and ugliness, of disfigurement and difference and in turn question the viewer’s responses to prejudice, stereotyping and perhaps even subconscious responses to help establish a position on the phenomena of social perception within an art context.
2017, ‘Women in the Arts’, St Andrews
2015, ‘How the Light Gets In’, Institute of Ideas, Hay on Wye, Hereford
2014, Museo della Carta e della Filigrana, Largo Fratelli Spacca, Fabriano, Italy
2014, Trans / Send, Group Exhibition, Maryland, U.S.
2013, Duncan of Jordanstone Masters Show
2013, Scottish Album of the Year
2012, Duncan of Jordanstone Degree Show
2011, Pittenweem Art Festival
2010, Visualise Art Exhibition
2008, Portfolio Group Show, Scotland