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Heather Nevay  Born  1965

Biography



Heather Nevay was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1965. She studied at Glasgow School of Art and graduated with BA Hons., Art and Design (Printed Textiles) in 1988. Heather uses symbolism to express ideas of heroism, weakness, fear and the shifting balance of human relationships. Her paintings are mostly figurative with colour being an important element of her work.

Heather Nevay exhibits with Portal Painters at The London Art Fair, Islington, The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea (spring) and Hampstead and The 20/21 British Art Fair at the Royal College of Art. The writer and film maker James Burge writes of Heather’s work :

"Heather Nevay’s paintings shock at fist sight. She employs a repertoire of images that appear to have found their way to us from Hieronymus Bosch via classic cinematic horror: dogs with human heads, sinister little girls playing with lifelike dolls, a dark woodland teeming with tiny animals in strange clothing. They frequently depict children, surprised in the middle of some incomprehensible ritual, staring out at us with hostility and contempt’

Exhibitions :
2001 & 2003 Portal Gallery, London 
 2005 "The Playroom", Portal Gallery, London & AAF NY with Portal
2007 "Showtime", The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 
2008 Flockhart, Nevay, Thomson: Group Exhibition, Mansfield Park Gallery,
2009 "The Savage Garden", Portal Gallery, London
2010 "Four Scottish Artists" Portal Painters, London 
2010 "Spectators" - Group Exhibition with Helen Flockhart and PeterThomson Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh. 
2010 Beinart Collective Group Exhibition, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, California 
2012 Gallery 101, Miami & ‘Four Scottish Artists’ Portal Painters (June) 

Confessions of an Only Child

Size: 61 x 31 cms
Type: oil on panel
Prices: : 5950 : 7914 : 6664
Description: 

This is a tableaux image of the intimate relationship between an only child and her doll, who has become her trusted confessor. A safe ear with which to share the fears and misdemeanors of childhood placed in a theatrical setting of the open-air confessional.

 

Sheets draped from trees replicate the private space of the confessional whilst a doll’s house becomes literally converted in the girls head as a church and has the chairs arranged in a semi-circle  to seat an imagined congregation. The scene is heightened by the ceremonial nature of the child’s costume and headgear to bring veracity to a roleplay game in the garden.

 

As an only child the girl’s her doll is everything from her trusted friend or a longed for dance partner to a mirror of her own hopes, fears and wishes.

 

I was inspired to paint this image by seeing the stains left on the mesh of the confessional ‘window’ from the whispered words of the confessor to the priest in churches in Southern Italy and Sicily . They left a permanent mark of contrition from many years of guilty mutterings which drew my interest and started my imagination working.

 


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Pleasure Gardens

Size: 54 x 29 cms
Type: oil on panel
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Description: 

This is a playful image of sexually ambivalent flowers on a tabletop which form my own version of The Garden of Eden. It is placed within a room with a child’s bed in the corner. I was looking at Rousseau’s landscapes and somehow this imagery began to emerge – thinking of the “garden” aspect of Eden, but with the idea of the sexual temptations it threw up for Eve. It is the first of two paintings (the other is ‘The Fall’) and is an introduction to the theme.


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The Fall

Size: 50 x 40 cms
Type: oil on panel
Prices: : 3950 : 5254 : 4424
Description: 

This is the second of my ‘Garden of Eden’ paintings – it shows an innocent child looking with interest at the bizarre flowers growing on the table top. It also shows the older girl having fallen from the garden off the table , she is surrounded by plucked flowers strewn around the floor, this alludes to the fall of Eve leading to the Expulsion from the Garden of Eden. I have painted a literal imagining of this in ‘The Fall’.


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The Dream - A tribute to M. Rousseau

Size: 17 x 11 cms
Type: oil on panel
Prices: : 850 : 1130 : 952
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Party

Size: 26 x 20 cms
Type: oil on panel
Prices: : 1950 : 2594 : 2184
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Study for Whisper

Size: 14 cms diameter
Type: oil on panel
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Whisper

Size: 26 x 26 cms
Type: oil on panel
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The Lesson

Size: 50 x 44 cms ( 20 x 17 ins )
Type: oil on panel
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The Promise

Size: 111 x 74 cms
Type: oil on panel
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The Lie

Size: 33 x 24 cms
Type: oil on panel
Prices: : 3000 : 3990 : 3360
Description: 

This painting is the first of a quartet, the other will be entitled

'The Pledge', 'The Secret' and 'The Promise' - All the birds will be different colours- gold for the Promise white for the Secret and as yet undecided for the Pledge.


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All the Birds

Size: 26 x 26 cms
Type: oil on panel
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All the Birds

Size: 16 x 11 cms ( 6 x 4 ins)
Type: oil on panel
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It Rained All Day

Size: 33 x 28.5 cms ( 13 x 11 ins )
Type: oil on panel
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The Empty Room

Size: 102 x 76 cms
Type: oil on canvas
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Pelt

Size: 45.5 x 38 cms
Type: oil on panel
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The Ante Room - Fur and Gold

Size: 39 x 31.5 cms
Type: oil on panel
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Sunday

Size: 33.5 x 27 cms
Type: oil on panel
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Secrets or Lies

Size: 24.5 x 18 cms
Type: oil on panel
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Study for Empty Room

Size: 15.5 x 11.5 cms
Type: oil on panel
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Study for Olympia

Size: 14 cms diameter
Type: oil on panel
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Study for the Kings Daughter

Size: 24 x 19 cms
Type: oil on panel
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Olympia

Size: 55 x 46 cms
Type: oil on panel
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Pelt - The Discovery

Size: 46 x 39 cms
Type: oil on panel
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Anteroom

Size: 16 x 10 cms ( 7 x 4 ins)
Type: oil on panel
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Last Days in the Dolls House

Size: 30 x 27 cms ( 12 x 11 ins )
Type: oil on panel
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Enrapture

Size: 19 cms diam ( 8 ins diam)
Type: oil on panel
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A Walk in the Woods

Size: 50 x 40 cms (20 x 16 ins)
Type: oil on canvas
Prices: : 5250 : 6982 : 5880
Description: Three figures in an empty woodland.  Two girls - sisters (?) come upon a make-do theatre fashioned from a blood red back cloth and scattered chairs.  The presence of the reclining figure prompts the question of what has just happened and what will happen.  I wanted to set up a tableau which is open to interpretation by the viewer, with the memories of fairy tale warnings and my ambiguous imagery, which creates a tension in the painting and perhaps a vague feeling of discomfort in the viewer.
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Singing Tree in an Imagined Landscape

Size: 120 x 77 cms ( 48 x 30 ins)
Type: oil on canvas
Prices: : 9950 : 13234 : 11144
Description: The image of The Singing Tree is seen throughout the harvested forest areas of Scotland.  They are left behind by the foresters for the birds which have their habitat in the dense forests to be able to relocate from a point of familiarity.  It is a jagged, ugly spike which becomes beautiful with the multitude of birds it attracts and by the positive purpose it has. A sort of regeneration from a desolate place.
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The Singing Lesson

Size: 47 x 27 cms ( 18 x 11 ins )
Type: oil on panel
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Tryal by fire

Size: 21 x 16 cms
Type: oil on panel
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Red Handed

Size: 24 x 20 cms
Type: oil on panel
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Winter Plumage

Size: 14 x 11 cms ( 6 x 4 ins )
Type: oil on panel
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The Tryal

Size: 27 x 20 cms ( 10 x 8 ins )
Type: oil on panel
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The Coven

Size: 16 x 12 cms ( 7 x 5 ins)
Type: oil on panel
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The Hide

Size: 40 x 30 cms ( 16 x 12 ins)
Type: oil on panel
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The Handmaiden

Size: 30 x 26 cms ( 12 x 10 ins )
Type: oil on panel
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The Collector

Size: 28 x 23 cms ( 11 x 9 ins )
Type: oil on panel
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Belov’d

Size: 46 x 30 cms ( 18 x 12 ins )
Type: oil on panel
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Carnival of the Relics

Size: 44 x 30 cms ( 18 x 12 ins)
Type: oil on canvas
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Betrayl

Size: 51 x 41 cms ( 20 x 16 ins)
Type: oil on panel
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The Waiting Room

Size: 91 x 60 cms (36 x 24 ins)
Type: oil on panel
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Little Bird

Size: 25 x 20 cms ( 10 x 8 ins)
Type: oil on panel
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Miracle I

Size: 26 x 22 cms ( 10 x 9 ins )
Type: oil on panel
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Miracle II

Size: 28 x 22 cms ( 11 x 9 ins )
Type: oil on panel
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