JACKIE DEVEREUX ELECTED PRESIDENT OF
THE SOCIETY OF GRAPHIC FINE ART
Jackie Devereux has been elected President of the Society of Graphic Fine Art, the only national society dedicated to drawing.
Even before studying fine art printmaking at St Albans College of Art, Jackie was exhibiting widely and making a name for herself. Her drawing skills led to commissions for illustration, greeting cards, business journals and books. Drawing and painting in watercolour has always been Jackie's passion and she has developed a distinctive, contemporary style which, over 30 years, has gained her increasing recognition in the UK and beyond.
In 1991 Jackie and her husband Barry moved to Southern France to run painting and photography holidays. There she had her own studio as well as travelling the world teaching and lecturing on art.
In 2003 she was elected an Associate Member of the Society of Graphic Fine Art and promoted to Full Membership shortly afterwards. She joined the Council in 2007 and was elected President in February 2014. Now resettled in the UK, Jackie regularly exhibits with the SGFA, and has shown with the Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and the Society of Women Artists. She has also exhibited in the US, Japan and France.
Jackie - who describes herself as ‘an avid drawer, hooked on watercolours’, has, in her own words ‘spent her life in creative mode’. Her large experimental paintings, influenced by her extensive travels and a need to look beyond the obvious, continually push her own boundaries, while her calligraphic/graphic and printmaking background also spills over into her constantly evolving work. She says, “I make no secret of the fact that I should like to see the Society raise its profile, attract more fantastic work and continue to show in prestigious and interesting venues. I look forward to a very exciting period ahead”.
Jackie`s work is collected internationally, she is well published, and contributed for a number of years to The Artist magazine.
For several years, Jackie has travelled world wide as Lecturer on board cruise liners for SAGA, and recently published “A Private View…….an artist`s world” – a fully illustrated hardback book of sketches selected from her numerous sketchbooks.
She will go wherever she is invited, to run workshops on all levels – is an avid `drawer` and contemporary watercolourist and likes nothing more than to share ideas by working with groups of like-minded people.
Jackie's unique selling proposition is that she will, apart from
creating work for her exhibitions, take on commissions for the business
environment, hotels and offices, as well as for private clients
interpreting their own properties and interiors in her unique style.
Her award-winning watercolours are widely collected and Jackie is
always willing to travel where possible to meet and discuss new
work and to offer her expertise by way of workshops wherever these
Patrons and Private Collections
Jackie's work is widely held by private
collectors and has also been purchased by the following corporations:
· Esso, London
· Allen and Overy, London
· BP Sanders & Company Ltd, Berkhamsted
· BRL Hardy Wines of Adelaide, Australia
· College Paul Bert, Beziers, France
· Oriel House Hotel, St Asaph, N.Wales
The Society of Graphic Fine Art originated in 1919 at London’s Central School of Arts and Crafts when a breakaway group dedicated itself to the defence of drawing. Sir Frank Brangwyn became its first President. Today it has over 120 members, selected twice yearly, regardless of media discipline, for drawing excellence. Every autumn the Society holds its Open Exhibition in London showing the best in drawing by UK and international artists.
Jackie's new book
`A Private View…….
an artist's world`