Pauline has many influences for her work but she is particularly interested in the work of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Finding their use of symbolism, hidden meaning, rich colour and fine detail areas which she would like to emulate in her work. A recent trip to Italy to view Renaissance art and artchitectue has given Pauline new ideas for compositions and layouts.
Inspirations for painting:
Pauline was selected for the Japan Foundation Secondary School Teachers’ Study Tour of Japan in 1999 and decided to develop a series of paintings which had a distinct oriental feel. She incorporated images and scenes from Japan enclosing them within shapes of ginger jars, teapots, pagodas, etc to make unusual compositions. At this time she created many Japanese-themed still-life paintings which had intricate designed fabric, delicate patterned crockery and objects brought back from her travels to Japan.
More recent work, although similar in style to the oriental themed work, includes subjects closer to home relating to her love of her home city of Dundee. Inspiration comes from her childhood memories, family history, the history of Dundee, architecture, songs and stories about Dundee. Pauline researchers Dundee’s history and explores the vernacular architecture combining them to create imaginative and interestingly painted compositions. Lately, she has included a crossover from Italian Renaissance art with intention to include the illusion of a frame around the images, developed using details from decorative architecture to create and rotate around the design of the imitation frame, encourage the viewer to focus on the narrative enclosed within and not to take the paintings at face value.
2022 – Group Exhibition - Sketchbook at Dundee Art Society
2019 – “My Dundee” Solo Exhibition University Dundee Botanical Gardens
2019 – Ongoing Exhibition - “Dundee Paintings” Solo Exhibition at the Little Theatre Dundee
2018 - Maggie's Penguin Parade, Dundee
2017 - Present - Group Exhibitions - Sketchbook Botanic Gardens
2015 - Present - Solo Exhibition - Little Theatre Dundee
2014 - Present - Group Exhibitions - Monifieth Art Society
2014 - Joint Exhibition - The Parrot Café, Dundee
2010 - Group Exhibition - Craft & Painting - Winsor Gallery Dundee
2010 - Group Exhibition - Craft & Painting - Dundee West Café Arts
2007 - Solo Exhibition - Parrot Café, Dundee
2007 - Group Exhibitions - Jam Gallery, Dundee
2006 - Group Exhibition - Tartan Coffeehouse, Dundee
2005 - Joint Exhibition - Metzo Restaurant, Perth
2004/2011 - Group Exhibitions - Dundee Art Society
July - Sept 2018 - Maggie's Penguin Parade Dundee - Penguin Commission for Dundee Football Club
Monifieth Art Society -
2019 - Voted best picture in the March exhibition for the drawing, "The Dundee Suffragette"
2017 - Winner of painting in the style of Franz Marc at Monifieth Art Society
2016 - Winner of painting in the style of James Guthrie at Monifieth Art Society
2017 - 2020 - Member of Monifieth Art Society Committee
Friends of Magdalene Green -
2005 & 2007 - Xmas Card Design for Friends of Magdalene Green.
Dundee Art Society Painting Competitions:
2010 - Winner of the Harry Vaughan Dundee Painting Prize - For Painting “View from Close"
Recent Articles –
“Courier” Dundee Edition – 23 Aug 2019 – article relating to “My Dundee” Exhibition at the
University of Dundee Botanical Gardens.
Read all about it…..
Pauline will be at the following craft fayres in the lead up to Christmas.
Items for sale, a range of cards for Christmas in the “Snowy Dundee”, Everyday cards, “My Dundee” Calendars, Felted Items, Hand Painted Brooches and the odd bit of knitting.
Saturday 1st October 2022, 11am to 4pm –
The Yard, 71 Brewing, Ure Street, Dundee.
Saturday 3rd December 2022 –
Blyth Hall, Newport.
Can’t manage any of the fayres contact Pauline directly if there is anything you would like.
Keep an eye out for
Pauline is going to be taking part in Inktober……
Head over to Pauline Lavery Art on Facebook or @pauline.lavery on Instagram to join in the fun!