Jenny Cleary is an artist and illustrator based in Dublin, Ireland.
She is originally from Norway but has travelled and lived in many countries which has influenced her work. She is inspired by people around her and always on the lookout for interesting characters which she can use in her art. Colour plays a major role in all her work and she uses a variety of techniques.
Her illustrations are mostly painted with acrylic on board. She has illustrated for, among others, The National Museum of Scotland, The Sunday Times and Scotland on Sunday and the book Ceol na Nollag (Irish Christmas Songs).
She was educated at Edinburgh College of Art and since graduation in 2000 has been a practising artist and teacher.
The human face and body have always fascinated her with their intensity of colours, structure, light and shadow. She chooses subjects based on features that captivate her. She also wants to re-create human skin and flesh using the multitude of colours she sees when looking at a subject and uses mark-making to communicate the way a body behaves.
The landscape paintings that she creates usually focus on the sky with all its colours and cloud shapes. She tries to capture the light that is forever changing in the sky by using paint and glazes. The pictures are based on skies and landscapes that she has observed in Ireland, Scotland and Norway and they are usually rural settings with no buildings or traffic to obstruct the view.
2010 - present
Solo show – Bokbyen, Norway, 2014
Group show – Drammen Museum, Norway, 2012
Summer show – Gallery Athene, Norway, 2011
Solo show – The Helix, Dublin, 2011
Christmas show – The Bad Art Gallery, Dublin, 2010
Group show – Drammen Museum, Norway, 2010
Group show- The Bad Art Gallery, Dublin, Dublin, 2010
Group show – The Teacher’s Club, Dublin, 2010
Group show – Drammen Illustrated, Norway, 2010
Small works show – The Crow Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 2010
2000 - 2009
Christmas show – The Bad Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 2009
Group show – The Bad Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 2009
Group show – St. Clarenden, Dublin, Ireland 2007
Two person show – Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin, Ireland 2006
Christmas show – The Crow Gallery, Dublin,Ireland 2005
Group show – The Crow Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 2005
Group show – Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin, Ireland 2005
Group show – NCAD, Dublin, Ireland 2005
Group show – United Arts Club, Dublin, Ireland 2004
Two person show – Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Ireland 2004
Red Bull show – RHA Gallery, Dublin, Ireland 2003
Illustrators Annual Awards – Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland 2003
Mural exhibition – Special Olympics, Dublin, Ireland 2003
Group show – Drammen Museum, Norway, 2001
Degree show – Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland 2001
Group show – Kaoshung College, Taiwan 1998
Group show – Bower Asthon, Bristol, England 1997
Solo show – Seljord Art Hall, Norway 1996
Teacher Training Certificate, The Arts Programme, Northern Ireland Open College Network (2004)
BA Hons, Visual Communication – Edinburgh College of Art (1997-2000)
Foundation Degree in Art&Design – University of the West of England, Bristol (1996-97)
Diploma in Arts and Crafts – Seljord Folkehogskule, Norway (1995-96)
Unselected but not forgotten, A.Dunne, The Irish Times 22/6-09
Signal Art Centre hosts Figures and Portraits, Bray People, 26/8 –04
Exhibition Opening, Bray People, 9/9 –04
November exhibition, Bjorn Zarbell-Engh, Drammens Tidende, 2/11 –04
On tour with the three degrees, JMcL, The Herald, 23/6 –00