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Jean Picton

Fellowship:  May 2003 – May 2004 Attimore Barn

Artform: Painting

Jean Picton was born in 1934, joined a circus at the age of 14, and began a theatrical career. From this modest beginning by the 1950’s having toured most variety theatres in the UK, Jean became one of the famous Windmill Girls at the Windmill Theatre in London.

In 1970 Jean spent some time in the US and was a regular on the Joey Adams TV show ‘Coast to Coast. In 1980 Jean was a regular in the TV ‘Hi de Hi’ and Eastenders; In 1990 Jean started painting seriously.

‘Life goes on’

As I look at the world, mans inhumanity to man leaves me feeling with sadness as I get older I feel a full stop coming up. I use the abstracted flower as a metaphor, that life goes on, no matter how broken or devastated the place becomes. New growth erupts even in the bleakest corner, and nature still manages to complete its life cycle, with an abundance of colour, life and hope.

In this work I try to convey that feeling of freedom and joy!

Training and Education:

1994 Central St. Martins design diploma

1995 West Hertfordshire College of Art & Design – City & Guilds Ceramic part 1 & 2

1997- 2002 University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield Degree course part time BA (hons) Fine Art

1998 Started ‘ART MENORCA’ organizing small painting holiday groups on the island of Menorca – tutoring in water colour and acrylic techniques.

Galleries:

Galaria Del Sol Menorca, Spain

The Artshed, Herts

Webbs Road Fine Art, London

Stark Gallery, Grenwich & Canterbury

The Flower Gallery, Welwyn Garden City, Herts

International Graphics, Germany

Media:

The Arts programme Radio 3

‘on the wall’ interview Radio 1

Athena Media Documentary

BBC TV Ch 4

Channel 5 TV’s Richard and Judy

Women’s hour feature Radio 4

Hert Beat Radio Interview