Playing with Porcelain

Sunderland AA2A

February 2017

Beachcoming and woodland walks petrified in porcelain.

  • glass and copper lines

  • red seaglass oak

  • oak seaweed

  • limpet grass

  • seaglass seesaw

  • seaweed barnacles

  • copper folds

  • seaweed eagle rock

  • grasshopper stone

Drawing out in the Field

August 2016

Summer days working in the woods and fields near the studio. An example of what I've been working on in the last few weeks.

  • Ash with homemade ash charcoal

  • drawing in the fields

  • Jenny Purrett drawing in the fields

  • drawing in the fields

  • drawing in the fields

Making Sense

The Customs House, South Shields

February 2016

Working with individuals supported by Sight Service, Making Sense is a sensitive and personal exploration of the relationship that individuals with visual impairment have with their local environment. This installation captures an exchange of mark-making between the artist and the group.

Much of Jenny Purrett’s practice is focused on drawing as process. She makes work in response to her experience of her immediate environment. In this project, she has worked with a group of people who have progressive sight loss. Together they have explored ways to use drawing to communicate their own personal experiences of the South Shields coastline. The exhibition records the creative journey undertaken and shows both collaborative and individual drawings from the jewel-like to the enormous. The outcomes demonstrate that, despite fears and frustrations, we can still enjoy the drawing process and, if we continue to be prepared to take creative risks, we astound ourselves with what we can achieve

  • Washed Out, Pastel, Japanese paper and fish hooks Installation

  • Washed Out (installation detail) Pastel drawings on Japanese kozo paper

  • Washed Out (detail)

  • Shift, participatory sand drawing

  • Sound of of the sea drawings, Sight Service participant, ink on paper

  • Touch drawings, graphite on paper, Sight Service participant

  • Touch drawing, graphite on paper and Shift, participatory sand drawing

  • Sight Service participants talking about their work at the PV

  • Washed Out (detail) Pastel drawings on Japanese kozo paper

  • Washed Out (installation detail) Pastel drawings on Japanese kozo paper

  • Washed Out (installation detail) Pasteldrawings on Japanese kozo paper

Two new pieces of work showcased at the Customs House as part of the Making Sense Project.

Washed Out 2016,

Pastel drawings of rock formations and beach debris on Japanese paper suspended from fish hooks.

Worn  2013-2016,

Reworked pastel memory drawing on Japanese paper

Lithograph Commission

Collaborative Lithograph with Lee Turner from Hole editions

August 2015


  • preparing to etch the stone

  • Decision time....

  • First Impression

  • Lee Turner working his magic

  • Final Proof

Where is the Line?

Granary Gallery Residency, Berwick upon Tweed

November 2015

  • Storylines (detail), pastel wall drawing, Jenny Purrett

  • Storylines, Gallery View

  • Other people's stories added to the line

  • Other people's stories added to the line

'Where is the line?’ brings together works from Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) which holds one of the most important collections of drawings in the North-East.

The exhibition focuses on artists who use drawing and mark making as a tool to document and interpret their immediate environment – both urban and rural, real, imaginary or somewhere in-between and includes works by Norman Cornish, William Tillyer, George Shaw, L.S Lowry and David Hepher amongst

Additionally the exhibition includes a drawing commission from Northumberland based artist Jenny Purrett and Middlesbrough based artist Annie O’Donnell, who have collaborated to create new work inspired by the

Memory drawings on Japanese paper

Studio Work

Summer 2015

  • Wrung Out Memory Drawing

  • Washed out Memory Drawing 235cm x 68cm

  • Memory Remnant I 24cm x 24 cm

  • Memory Remnant II

  • Memory Coat; Studio Shot

  • Memory Cloak: Studio Shot



Powder Works for North Exhibition

  • Powderworks, detail, ember

  • Graphite mine, exterior

  • Graphite mine interior

  • Powderworks: Gatebeck

  • Powderworks: Elterwater

  • Powderworks: detail

  • Gunpowder drawing smoke

Looking into the history of gunpowder production in the Lake District, I have begun a series of gunpowder drawings mapping the relevant areas as well as small graphite sketches showing the remains of the industry in the landscape.

These were exhibited at "North" St Helens, Spring 2015

For more historical information, check out Gunpowder industry in Cumbria

Plant pigment monotypes

  • elderberry painting detail2014 Jenny Purrett

  • Elder stalks arranged

  • The Sum of its Parts: Elder: Part I

  • Elder Cluster

  • Elderberry pigment on paper

  • The Sum of its Parts: Elder Part II


A series of works on paper using the pigment in elder plants. Collecting, dissecting, ordering and recording was all part of the process. One of the works was selected for the Bryant Keeling Open Painting competition 2014.

Powder Drawings, 2014

Black Swan Arts, Somerset

June 2014

I was invited by the Black Swan Arts Centre to partake in the exhibition dRAW alongside 3 other artists who take an experimental approach to drawing.

  • Laying the line

  • Burning the line

  • Powder remains

  • Layered Powder Burn

dRAW is an exhibition of experimental drawings by five contemporary artists; Tim Knowles, Rhys Himsworth, Jenny Purrett, Balint Bolygo and Eske Rex. The show will explore drawings made using unconventional techniques. From electronic drawing machines to drawings created by lighting gunpowder resting on the surface of paper, the show will challenge our views of the medium and showcase the breadth of drawing practice used today.

For the exhibition I made 2 large performative gunpowder drawings on cartridge paper, the image: an enlarged print of my trigger finger.

Moments Lived; Moments Re-lived

Unique Drawings, One Church Street Gallery

September 2013

The four artists showing at One Church Street Gallery throughout September 2013 were selected from the Open Drawing Exhibition in 2012. This Open Submission attracted a wide range of drawing processes and included some international submissions. The judges were Professor Rod Bugg and Doctor Yvonne Crossley. Selected artists are Reginald Aloyisius, Rachel Gibson, Debbie Locke and Jenny Purrett.

  • Moments lived

  • Moments relived

  • 7thday7times-III

  • 7thday7times-II

  • Gallery shot

  • work in progress

  • Work in progress

  • Moments Relived

Every day, moments collected. Tiny drawings on a continuous till roll. Washing on the line, clouds drifting overhead, blackberries ripening, livestock grazing. These moments, then re-drawn: each thread of memory woven into a vibrant tapestry of recollection.




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