Kinga Elliott is a painter, born in Budapest, 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.
2020 RGU Arts and Heritage Purchase Prize for Fine Art
2020 Winner of the J. Gordon Brown Memorial Painting Prize
2020 Selected for the RSA New Contemporaries Exhibition, Edinburgh 2022
2020 Shortlisted for the Visual Arts Scotland Graduate Showcase
2020 Awarded the Royal Scottish Academy 2020 John Kinross Scholarship to Florence, Italy
2019 Winner of the SCPN Art & Design Prize for Creative Communication, Scotland 2019
2018 Shortlisted for SUT Award, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen
2015 Selected to the Scotland+Venice Learning Team, 56th Venice Biennale, Italy
2020 VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020, online
2020 Digital DEGREE SHOW, Gray's School of Art, online
2020 Interim 4th YEAR PAINTING EXHIBITION, Edinburgh Palette, Edinburgh
2019 A MOMENT IN TIME, Solo exhibition, Aberdeen Health Village, Aberdeen
2019 GRAY'S OUTLET, Group exhibition, Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen
2019 MORE CONCRETE!, Group performance and exhibition, Belmont, Aberdeen
2018 BGF & EY Painting exhibition, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen
2018 MAVERICS Group exhibition with NEOS, Hallgreen Castle, Inverbervie
2018 SMORG:ARTS:BORD, Painting Exhibition, Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen
2018 SNAP, Group exhibition, Ruthrierston Centre, Aberdeen
2015 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