Stirling Street Stories: Meet the Artist – Jacqueline Marr

Jacqueline Marr is one of Scotland’s leading figurative contemporary artists who this year celebrates 21 years in her field.


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Jacqueline Marr

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The 43-year-old professional artist predominantly paints figures in oils producing a small number of paintings every year and exhibiting her work extensively in galleries and at art events throughout the UK and Europe.

Jacqueline has also featured in television shows including being selected for `Portrait Artist of the Year 2020’ on the Sky Arts Channel. For this programme, she was one of three artists chosen to paint celebrity sitter Ricky Wilson – the charismatic frontman of rock band Kaiser Chiefs.

 Jacqueline has had a passion for art – particularly painting and drawing – for as long as she can remember. She says: “Art is something I have been in love with all my days – I was always drawing illustrations and cartoons as a child and it carried on from there. I’ve always had a need to produce works of art and to create.  Painting is my voice and my vision and quality is key for me.”

“No matter what I paint I will never stop working on mastering my craft.  I strive to bring the paint to life, to allow my figures, my subject to emerge from the canvas stepping out from the stretched linen and into reality.”

Jacqueline was born in Falkirk and has lived in and around Stirlingshire for most of her life. She studied Art at school before gaining her BA Honours in Fine Art at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at Dundee University.

She says: “When I first went to college, I didn’t know what direction I would end up going in and was just keen to learn and enjoy my four years there. In my second year I realised I could make a career from producing my own artwork and my tutors – many of whom were exhibiting their own works across the UK and Europe – really opened my eyes to this possibility.”

After graduating in 1999, Jacqueline travelled to Florence, Italy for three months to study the city’s amazing art and architecture after she was awarded a John Kinross Scholarship from the Royal Scottish Academy. Since then, her career as a professional artist has flourished and she marks her 21-year milestone anniversary this year.

For the first ten years, Jacqueline focused on working with numerous art galleries and collections while undertaking many private and public commissions. And since 2010, in addition to her painting practice, she has led and supported art projects and workshops working with adults and young people across Forth Valley.

Jacqueline was also one of the founding committee members of Forth Valley Art Beat – one of the largest cultural events celebrating creativity across Forth Valley. The Street Stories project appealed to Jacqueline as a way of bringing art to a wider audience and she was delighted to be selected for the initiative.

She says: “I liked the concept of bringing the traditional and digital art worlds together, combining traditional painting with the interactive AR technology. I can’t wait to see the animations produced for each Street Story and it’s great to be involved in something which will allow more people in Stirling to enjoy art.

“I was over the moon to be one of the eight artists chosen for such an exciting project which I think will appeal to people of all ages and is a great way of bringing people back into the high street.”

A series of Jacqueline’s unique oil paintings, featuring wings, a masked woman and a levitating floating woman, will be displayed and animated on the windows of the former Designer Distinction shop unit at 55 Murray Place. They unfold the story of the Barnwell brothers – Frank and Harold – who were aviation pioneers.

In July 1909, the brothers achieved Scotland’s first powered flight after they designed a large canard biplane which took off from fields in Causewayhead, reached an altitude of 13ft and travelled eighty yards before landing. Their life and work are commemorated with a sculpture at the Causewayhead roundabout near the fields where their famous test flights took place.

More details about Jacqueline Marr and her artwork can be found on her website – www.jacquelinemarr.co.uk – and social media pages – www.facebook.com/jacquelinemarrfineart; www.instagram.com/jacqueline_marr and www.twitter.com/jacquelinemarr

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