Joyce Gunn Cairns Artist
I do enjoy the experience of meeting writers and actors through my relative ability to draw heads, but my deepest interest as an artist is in the figure, and so long as I cannot paint like Rembrandt, I will be forever restless. Most of my figurative work is imaginative insofar as it may begin with a sitter but it transforms itself through re-working.
A third strand to my work is wildlife drawing. I especially love to draw birds and hares, and I spent many happy hours at the Royal Museum in Edinburgh. I have been saddened by the recent refurbishment because the creatures are now all behind glass and many are obscured by the information panels.
Over many years I have enjoyed much affirmation and encouragement for my work, including several warm reviews by Professor Duncan MacMillan, and a few prizes – 2nd Prize in the Jerwood Drawing Prize in the early 2000s, and the Scottish Art Club Annual Prize.”
“…Gunn Cairns is a one-off, a maelstrom of creative energy which never stops probing and pushing. … There is an almost translucent softness to her heads and figures although … she has a fine strong line which is as forthright on paper as her character is in person. A Gunn Cairns portrait feels like it has been drawn from the outside in, using light-as-a-feather strokes, as though teasing out the subject’s psyche. ….
Her work never shirks from the big subjects of love, hope, ageing and death…”