Jayne Simpson is a visual artist and lecturer in the North West of England. She teaches life drawing to undergraduates and is an academic tutor at UCLAN in Preston. She has taught visual art in further education, higher education and privately for the last 21 years.
She is an exhibiting and commissioned artist and her practice reflects on memory and personal histories. She is focused on the passing of time and the human condition.
Her practice straddles different forms and media, sometimes the subject is recreated through installation or the re-use of domestic props like lights or chairs. Olfaction is often considered and used to further enhance the experience of her installations. It is her intention for her work to be emotive and evoke recognition or to connect emotionally.
She has recently completed a commission with LeftCoast Blackpool for Creative People Places, part of an Arts Council initiative.
Over the past year, Jayne’s practice has returned exclusively to painting. This was in response to the global pandemic as it allowed focus and freedom in what was otherwise a locked-down world. The paintings explored the fantasy of what could not be reached or experienced throughout this period. The use of colour and form within the paintings have allowed for liberty and freedom of expression, in a way that she has always intended. Later, the paintings became therapy and a remedy for bereavement and grief.