“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
HARP-CHATTER-PEPPERMINT, solo exhibition, GLENESK FOLK MUSEUM
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
VISUAL ARTS SCOTLAND GRADUATE SHOWCASE 2020, online
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