Jessica Kirkpatrick is an artist originally from California living in her adopted home Edinburgh, Scotland.  Her work is in private collections across the United States, Europe and Australia.  As an Abbey Award Fellow and RAIR Grant alumna, she has developed her work in vital art communities.   She believes that painting is a visceral anchoring into living sensation.  She is currently working on new series of oil paintings, entitled "The Connectivist's Dilemma"  and writing during her son, Calder's naptime.  

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Space is what we move through in the world; however by painting I explore space as psychic, pictorial, digital and temporal.  If minds create order out of a series of relationships between shapes and colors, the notion that experience is subjectively cohered provides a backbone for my art.  Painting is an engagement with sensation—a play of form. It carves memories of places and dream-scapes. I define painting as a contemplative image-form which projects from the artists mind. I paint to engage my own mental space, to seduce my subconscious out into a material plane—to mirror my own nightmares, fantasies and narcissism. 

Technique is a gimmick— a series of methods and rules which guide the artists hand to create an image out of stuff. Technique without intelligence means nothing. One can rely on technique to connect a painting to an array of historicalprecedents.   As a technique junkie, I use a lack of style, a refusal to commit, to dance with the language of painting and perhaps even undermine myself as author.  My voice emerges in its cumulative effect, cutting through jungles of diverse material in pursuit of an unveiled expanded visage.

Woman is a body, but she is also a multifaceted collection of principals and conventions.  I engage in the battle of representing the feminine, but also allow her to guide me as a philosophy of being and making.  The feminine embodies values of relatedness and cooperation, nurturing, magnetism, sensuality and creative manifestation.  My recent entry into motherhood provides a framework for structuring an artistic life, a lifestyle and a psychic lens, that is both sensible yet disarrayed— fractured yet ever so tender.  



2010 MFA Edinburgh College of Art

2004 BFA University of Colorado at Boulder

2003 Studied Illustration School of Visual Art NY



2017 Artist in Residency in Motherhood, Edinburgh UK (9 months self run)

2013 Roswell Artist In Residency Program, Roswell, NM (12 months)

2012 Abbey Award Fellowship for Painting, Rome, Italy (3 months

2009 Cove Park Centre, Helensburough, Scotland

2009 John David Moonie Foundation, Chicago Il

2009 Takt Kunstprojektraum, Berlin, Germany (1 month)



2012 Open Eye Gallery Prize at Visual Arts

2012 Leith School of Art Prize

2007Best in Show, Core New Art Space Juried Exhibition, Denver, Co



2017 Ancient Pain--The Every Movie, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh UK

2015 We Are Walking, stArt up Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

2013 The Sculptor’s Model, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM

2011 Emotional Wavelengths of Unseen Color, The Palour Bar, Edinburgh, UK

2010 Inexorable, Total Kunst Gallery, Edinburgh UK

2008 Where a Shoulder Bears it’s Edge, Denver, CO



2012 RSA Open Annual, Edinburgh, UK

2012 Ex Roma III, APT Gallery, London , UK

2012 This is Where We Live Now, British School at Rome, Italy

2012 Lynn Painter Stainer Prize, Mall Galleries, London UK

2011 Visual Arts Scotland, RSA Edinburgh UK

2011 RECREA(C)TION, Art’s Complex, Edinburgh, UK

2010 Return to Source, Art’s Complex, Edinburgh UK

2010 Post-Graduate Show, Somerset UK

2009 Inexorable, Total Kunst Gallery, Edinburgh UK

2009 Open Studios, Takt Kunstprojektraum, Berlin, Germany

2009 Third Wheel, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh UK

2009 Maquette, Big Red Door, Edinburgh UK

2008 3032 Miles, J.D Mooney Foundation, Chicago, IL

2008 Annual Auction, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder CO

2008 Emerging Artists, Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder CO

2008 Decalescence, Now Gallery, Denver, CO

2007 Art & Spirituality, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO



11/23/14, Tess Townsend, “New Exhibit by RAIR Fellow” Roswell Daily Record, Review

01/15/14, Techera Niyego, The New Collectors Book 2014, feature, pg 107 

13/11/13, Rosylyn Stevenson,  The Ruidoso Free Press, “So RAIR,” article, Link

11/21/13, T. Townsend, Vision Magazine, Roswell Daily Record, Article Link

 09/30/13,  Rebecca Wilson, SaatchiOnlineOne-To-Watch, Link

06/12 British School at Rome Fine Arts catalog 2011-12, image, pg 28-29

3/2012   Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition Catalog, image

07/08Denver Westword,  Arts Section, exhibition announcement and cover image



2015 Middle School Art Teacher, San Domenico School, San Anselmo, CA

2014 Guest Artist, Elementary Arts Legacy Project, Roswell, NM 

2013 Drawing Instructor, Roswell Museum and Art Center Roswell, NM

2010-2012 Drawing and Painting Instructor, Leith Academy, Edinburgh UK



Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art