KINGA 
ELLIOTT

BACKGROUND

       
         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.

 AWARDS

 

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                           

EXHIBITIONS

2021      REUNION   Group show, Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow

 

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

COLLECTIONS

EDUCATION

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