In response to an exhibition of Jean Walcot’s paintings at Art Central, Barry:
On show is a range of paintings from her large canvases inspired by moving legs and feet, to small digital prints in designs taken from duplicating and distorting feet.
The large paintings may appear flat but there is an inner glow created by the use of colour and the smooth velvety quality of the surfaces. The figure form slithers across the surface; gestural marks introduce movement.
Smaller works have a more graphic quality. Made with heated wax and crayon on heavy watercolour paper, they are fast and immediate within the medium.
Jean has spent time on a number of artists residencies in America where she freely used a mix and match of different media. The exhibition demonstrates Jean’s constant experimentation but the theme changes little over the two decades covered by the exhibition. The location of her ideas lies within her own physicality.
Adviser to Arts Council Wales.
International Society of Experimental Artists, USA.
The Welsh Group (Chair 2002-5).
The Women’s Arts Association (Trustee, Chair 2003-5, 2007-8).
Contemporary Arts Association of Wales.
Wales Assembly of Women.
Friends of Art Central, Barry, Wales.
Born: West Wickham, England.
Lives: Cardiff, Wales.
Agent: Janet Martin, GPF Gallery, George Street, Newport, S.Wales, UK.
1978 B.A.Hons (Open University).
1979 Diploma in French, University of Wales College of Cardiff, Cardiff.
1982 Spent 6 months in California studying Art and Architecture.
1995-6 Diploma in Fine Arts – Distinction, (University of Wales Institute).
1996-9 B.A Fine Arts, University of Wales Institute.
1998 Exchange, Ball State University, Indiana, USA.
2012 Hands and Feet and the Bits Between, Art Central, Barry.
2004 One Step Forward, Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery, Aberdare.
Think and Feel: Blind Contour Hand Drawings, Harrison Center, Indianapolis, USA.
2004 Jean Walcot Large Works, Muncie Medical Center, Muncie, Indiana, USA.
2003 Body and Sole, running concurrently in Brecknock Museum, Brecon and Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, Wales.
2001 One Month and After...., Llanover Hall Arts Centre, Cardiff.
From this to…, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Wales.
1999 American Experience, Llanover Hall Arts Centre, Cardiff,Wales.
1997 One Person Show, Woodstock Gallery Penarth, Wales.
Awards and residencies:
2007 Residency Vermont Studio Center Johnson, Vermont, USA.
2005 Residency Vermont Studio Center Johnson, Vermont, USA.
2004 Wales Arts International grant support for residency at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, USA.
Residency Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont, USA.
The Export Association, International Trade Fund to attend ISEA Conference, Muncie, Indiana, USA.
Residency Vermont Studio Centre, Johnson, Vermont, USA.
2001 The Export Association, International Trade Fund for ISEA Conference Traverse City, USA.
2000 Residency Vermont Studio Centre, Johnson, Vermont, USA.
Feature Artist of the Month on the website Artcymru.