Born in 1951, Jean Newman lives and studies on the Isle of Grimsay, in the Outer Hebrides. In 2018 she graduated with a first class honours degree in Fine Art, which explored an ongoing interest in time and temporal continuity. Wishing to continue with this strand of thinking, Jean's subsequent work on a Masters by Research in Creative Practice has provided the foundation for a thesis-based PhD, exploring the origins of visual creativity through ancient mark-making and decoration.
Jean continues to pursue her creative practice in the Outer Hebrides alongside her academic research. Secrets of the past are both concealed and revealed in ancient marks, in a Hebridean landscape, or in fragments of decorated pottery. Translation into rhythmic, repetitive grids and patterns infers time spent making, time passing and contemplation of the continuity between the ancient past and our uncertain present, echoing an ephemeral hold on this time and place.
2018: BA Fine Art, Moray School of Art, University of the Highlands and Islands
2013: National Certificate in Art and Design, Taigh Chearsabhaigh, North Uist
1973: BA French Studies, Nottingham University