Kinga Elliott’s output challenges visual preconceptions and the obvious. A world of coded systems, logic and lyrical picture making. Complex designs from objective starting points that are further worked and nurtured. Her work examines relationships between art and science but at the core she is continually aiming to control the liminal qualities of light. As a painting student she researched and mastered cyanotype as a vehicle for reportage through complexities of composition and innovative meaning. Traditional methods re-invented and re-invested through new knowledge and a contemporaneous slant on the world she occupies and responds to.


Michael Agnew RSA, Head of Painting, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. A quote from the Royal Scottish Academy NEW CONTEMPORARIES 2022 Exhibition Catalogue


         Kinga Elliott is an artist living and working in Glenesk, Scotland, on the border of Angus and Aberdeenshire. She studied painting at Gray’s School of Art graduating with first class honours in 2020. She is the recipient of the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy 2020 John Kinross Travel Scholarship to Florence and has been selected to take part in the RSA New Contemporaries exhibition in Edinburgh in 2022.
         She is the winner of the J. Gordon Brown Memorial Painting Prize 2020 and of the 2019 SCPN Art & Design Prize for Creative Communication, Scotland.  Examples of her work are held in the RGU Arts and Heritage Collection and are due to be selected for the Royal Scottish Academy Collection as well.

        Her works are abstract, focusing on the notion of interconnectedness, conscience and complexity. Kinga Elliott holds a Master's Degree in Mathematics and Physics and she sometimes uses forms borrowed from geometry as a starting point for her paintings. 

        She has a long held interest in the concept of light, let it be optics, theoretical physics, or from a theological aspect. As part of the artistic exploration into the nature of light, she found a very apt process in the making of cyanotypes, where light plays an active part in the creation of the image.

        She developed a unique way of making semi-transparent paper transparencies that serve as negatives for the cyanotype process. The resulting large paper cyanotypes then become starting points for further painterly developments. She uses oil and acrylic paint, ink and various dry mediums in her creative process. Sometimes she mounts the cyanotype onto board, creating a tough surface that enables her to build up several layers of resin coatings with layers of paints in between them.

       The titles of her work bear reference to coding systems of online platforms. She creates seemingly random word combinations that evoke a sense of atmosphere and musicality.




RSA Patrons Award


David and June Gordon Memorial Trust Award


Glasgow Print Studio Publication Prize



RGU Arts and Heritage Purchase Prize for Fine Art

Winner of the J. Gordon Brown Memorial Painting Prize

Selected for the RSA New Contemporaries Exhibition, Edinburgh 2022

Shortlisted for the Visual Arts Scotland Graduate Showcase

Awarded the Royal Scottish Academy 2020 John Kinross Scholarship to Florence, Italy



Winner of the SCPN Art & Design Prize for Creative Communication, Scotland 2019    



Shortlisted for SUT Award,  Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen



Selected to the Scotland+Venice Learning Team, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy                           





8 May - 4 November 2022


ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY 196th Annual Exhibition

23 April - 12 June 2022

SYNAPTIC-ALLUVIUM-BETROTHAL, solo exhibition, The Small Gallery, GHAT, Aberdeen RI

19 February - 1 May 2022


REVERB selected group exhibition, Visual Arts Scotland, online            

19 March - 29 April 2022

RSA NEW CONTEMPORARIES, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh


GENERATOR PROJECT Annual Exhibition, Dundee




REUNION   Group show, Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow





Digital DEGREE SHOW, Gray's School of Art, online


Interim 4th YEAR PAINTING EXHIBITION, Edinburgh Palette, Edinburgh



A MOMENT IN TIME, Solo exhibition, Aberdeen Health Village, Aberdeen


GRAY'S OUTLET, Group exhibition, Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen


MORE CONCRETE!, Group performance and exhibition, Belmont, Aberdeen



BGF & EY Painting exhibition, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen


MAVERICS Group exhibition with NEOS, Hallgreen Castle, Inverbervie

SMORG:ARTS:BORD, Painting Exhibition, Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen


SNAP, Group exhibition, Ruthrierston Centre, Aberdeen



The MEFFAN Winter Exhibition, The Meffan Museum & Gallery, Forfar


Royal Scottish Academy

Robert Gordon University


2016-2020    BA (HONS) Painting, First Class, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen


2012-2015    HNC Contemporary Art Practice, Dundee and Angus College, Arbroath  


1985-1991    Equivalent to MSc in Mathematics and Physics, ELTE University, Budapest