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’
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)
Size: 102 x 77
Type: oil on panel
Prices: : £12000 : $17400 : €15600
I wanted to express the unseen face of female rage, even today it is more acceptable for boys and men to express feelings of anger in public. In sport for example if it is to do with the will to win, a temper is seen as a positive thing.
Girls in a rage are perceived as loud embarrassing and shrewish, unfeminine or even slightly deranged.
‘Furious’ depicts a display of fury from a femininely dressed and sweet looking girl. However the emotion seeps into the room into her skin, her dress and the walls are drenched in crimson. All is red except her face which calmly stares out at the viewer. She has learnt how to hide her anger, but a fury lurks beneath the surface threatening to burst forth.
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