From circus girl to showgirl to artist, Jean Picton is certainly no ordinary 83 year old and this September we are honoured to be hosting one of her largest exhibitions of the year. Jean will be making a personal appearance at the gallery on 1st and 2nd September to unveil over 30 of her newest paintings and chat about her colourful life as celebrity and artist. This is a fantastic, not-to-be-missed opportunity to meet Jean and find out more about her.

“After gaining my art degree in 1994 I didn’t know what to do next, so I applied to the Digswell Art Trust for a fellowship. To my surprise I was accepted and it was here I experimented and developed my own style of painting. Up to this point, selling my paintings had not occurred to me. A chance meeting on a train, with an editor of an art magazine who was interested in my life story led to an article in that magazine which was seen by a major fine- art publisher. The rest, as they say,

is history!” 

Born in 1934, Jean joined a circus at the age of 14, and began a theatrical career. From this modest beginning, by the 1950’s having toured most variety theatres in the U.K. she became one of the famous Windmill Girls at the Windmill Theatre in the West End of London, working with such greats as Harry Secombe and Bruce Forsyth.

From 1970 Jean spent time in the U.S.A. and was a regular on the Joey Adams TV show Coast to Coast and from 1980 could be seen regularly on UK TV shows including Hi de Hi and East Enders.

Her artist studies began at the prestigious Central St Martin’s in London at the tender age of 60 where she gained a Design Degree in 1994.

Sandy (FIZZ’s owner) comments about the upcoming event:

We are so excited to have Jean coming to the gallery. She’s such a dynamic and vibrant personality – just like her paintings! Her work has already proved hugely popular and I think there are a number of reasons for this.

Although she paints a lot of flowers her paintings are not girly or pretty – they are bold and confident which makes for a fantastic statement piece. They are energetic and uplifting and beautifully finished with a hi-gloss glaze which really brings out the vibrant colours.

Depending on how they are framed they can fit into nearly any interior from contemporary to more traditional. And for original paintings, beautifully framed, they are very affordable with prices starting at £265.

If you would like to meet Jean at the Preview on 1st September please ask the gallery for an invitation and we will be very happy to send you one. Otherwise come and meet her at the opening of her show on 2nd September from 2-5 pm.