Artist Statement -

British artist Jessica Dunn studied painting at Kingston Polytechnic and moved to Portugal in 1987. She has settled in the Algarve with her Portuguese husband and two young daughters. Jessica has exhibited extensively across Portugal, at the Corte Real Gallery in the Algarve, Galeria Cógito in Setúbal, at the Eaton Gallery in London and participated in the Biennale Internazionale Dell'Arte Contemporanea in Florence. Her works are represented in various private collections in Portugal and abroad.

Visitors Centre Parque Ria Formosa (15 April to 15 June 2011)
Studio 21 (2010)
GT Studio, Almancil - Group show (30 May to 30 July 2009)
Café Ingles, Silves (1 May to 7 June 2009)
Corte Real, Paderne (ongoing)
Dunn’s paintings have received international attention at places as prestigious as the Eaton Gallery, in London’s Piccadilly and the Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy.

Her paintings and her lifestyle have also been the subject of a picture story in ‘Hello!’ magazine.

Artist Exhibitions

Café Inglês, Silves Portugal.
September 2012
Museu Mãe de Agua, Lisbon
Benamor Golf Club - Tavira
Visitors Center - Parque Ria Formosa
15 April to 15 June
Studio 21 (2010)
January 2008 Café Inglês, Silves Portugal.
08 September to 06 October 2007
Galeria de Arte Convento Espírito Santo, Loulé Portugal.
Galeria Atlantico, Vila Sol, Portugal
"Unspoken Treasures" Corte Real Gallery
"Seaside Summer Stories" Corte Real Gallery
Galeria do Convento Espirito Santo
Galeria de Arte Praça do Mar, Municipal Gallery, Quarteira
Biennale Internationale dell´Arte Contemporanea- Florence,Italy
Galeria do Convento Espirito Santo
Galeria Cógito, Setubal.
Galeria do Convento Espirito Santo, Loulé.
Galeria Cógito, Setubal.
Galeria do Convento Espirito Santo, Loulé, Portugal.
Galeria Cógito, Setubal.
Eaton Gallery, London.
Hotel Atlantis, Vilamoura.
Museu Municipal de Lousá.
Atelier Edmundo Cruz, Colares, Portugal.
Hotel Loulé Jardim, Portugal.
Port Arte, Portugal.


Artist Publications

"Good Life Magazine" 2005

It is part of the human condition to hold onto objects that trigger off fond memories, even though they may have no monetary worth. Jessica Dunn has used this as a theme for her new exhibition of paintings, ‘Unspoken Treasures’ that opens at the Corte Real Gallery in Paderne on the 10th & 11th of December.
Using personal items and those collected from her family and friends, every picture has a poignant significance. Printed fabrics, ornaments, items of clothing and toys are juxtaposed, creating individual stories woven together by Jessica’s compositions and the imagination of her audience.

Corte Real enjoys a reputation as the Algarve’s friendliest and most innovative art gallery since it opened last autumn on the outskirts of the village of Paderne.
Now, it is celebrating the latest chapter in the Corte Real success story by staging an exhibition of work by the Algarve-based English painter Jessica Dunn

Jessica, who studied fine art at Kingston Polytechnic in London, moved to the Algarve in 1986 to live and work. She has exhibited widely in both solo and collective shows in Portugal, England and Italy including the prestigious International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Italy in 2003.

The paintings in her exhibition, which will be on show for three weeks, have been framed in the characteristic Corte Real style which is a trademark of the gallery.
All of the work shown at Corte Real is framed in a unique way that reflects both ecological and aesthetic concepts. Re-cycled or re-claimed wood is imaginatively designed and crafted by the gallery’s founders Pedro Corte Real and Tom Compton to embrace and harmonize with the painting.
Carolyn Cain

Artist Collections

Clive Dunn, Portugal & London
Anne & David Croft, Portugal & UK.
Anita Harris, London U.K.
Michael Elphick, Portugal.
Lord Hugh Jenkins, London, U.K.
Judith Gregory, Bordeaux, France.
Roger Hancock, Brighton, U.K.
Sumolis, Portugal...

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