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Jacqueline Read-Szymczyk

My paintings have been selected for exhibition in Washington DC, USA, London , Cairo, Egypt as a member of the IASG-they organised touring shows; I joined during a period when I was in the in the USA for long periods. In my first work as a painter, I simply enjoyed painting en plein aire and still life painting. I continue with this work. I like to capture ephemeral moments; to illuminate memories with a clarity that startles.
Water also features highly in my work: I enjoy the sensual experience of moving
effortlessly in this element and often dream I am swimming.
Winning the Rugby Open 2011 First Prize with the large pen and ink drawing “The Tao of the Sea and The Wind”, inspired a year of work with pen and ink creations. I was awarded a 2 week exhibition space at Floor One, the Rugby Museum and Art Gallery. This work evolved from taking “a line for a walk’’ (as Paul Klee advised) and inspired total immersion for a few months and quite a few new large pieces. I then decided to bring in myth and Shakespeare and planned the compositions a little more. Then I worked on the anatomy of any figures, after which I could allow the images to trail from my subconscious mind.

My Swan drawings and works on Shakespearean themes were commissioned and purchased in April 2012 by the Fullers group for the White Swan Hotel in Stratford upon Avon. The works are in the hotel’s main medieval bedrooms and suites.



Many of my works are available as Fine Art Guild Limited Edition Signed Prints,each with a Certificate of Authenticity: These are small runs only up to 20 copies to be printed for each work.

Exhibitions and studies:

2011-12 Solo Show: First Prize Winner's Exhibition Rugby Open Exhibition; plus pen and ink drawing
Leda and The Swan selected for main Exhibition

2011 Winner of the First Prize Rugby Open Exhibition

2010 Paintings selected for the Rugby Open Exhibition

November to January 2009 Leicester City Gallery, paintings selected for the East Midland Open Exhibition

November to January 2008 Rugby Museum and Art Gallery; paintings selected for the Open Exhibition

November to January 2007 Rugby Museum and Art Gallery; Selected for the Open Exhibition

November 2005 to January 2006;
CAIRO, EGYPT; IASG Touring Group Exhibition

December 2005 to January 2006; East Midlands Artists Open Exhibition;
NOTTINGHAM CASTLE

February 2006: GEORGE TOWN GALLERY WASHINGTON DC. International Artists show

January to March 2005:
OXO TOWER WHARF GALLERY;LONDON ART OF LOVE, VALENTINE SHOW LONDON ART,

November 2004 to March 2005:
Solo Exhibition ‘DELICATE’; Swimmers/Divers
ALTHORPE ESTATE NORTHAMPTON

2002 to 2003
Spent in the USA and Italy, travelling and painting

November- December 2002:
Solo Exhibition: ‘HORSES OF A DIFFERENT COLOUR’.
works resulting from a two year, in-depth study of the archetypal, symbolic nature of the horse,
CITY GALLERY; GRANBY ST. LEICESTER

November to December 2000
Solo Exhibition, CITY GALLERY; GRANBY ST. LEICESTER
‘CARPE DIEM’

January 1999
Northampton Town and County Art Society 200 Year Centenary Exhibition
NORTHAMPTOM MUSEUM
Bursary 1999 From Church’s in Northampton

STUDIES: 1998-9.
Leicester De Montfort University, modules in B.A. Fine Art/Painting

1995-97
Rugby College B.Tech. in Fine Art/ Painting

1996
Studied and painted en pleine aire, France

1979-82Arts Honours Degree; Northampton University, Northampton