Jean Davey Winter
British artist Jean Davey Winter originally specialized in Printed Textiles NDD at Birmingham College of Art & Design. In her final year, she was awarded a Travelling Bursary from the Royal Society of Arts, which she used to travel extensively in Scandinavia.
This provided the catalyst for her ongoing fascination with travel, journeys, and mapping which are recurring themes throughout her work. Over the years Jean has worked with a wide range of media, frequently combining several. During the 1980’s/90’s, she worked primarily with handmade paper, usually with textile materials and techniques and often involving printmaking processes.
During this period Jean was represented by the Anderson O’Day Gallery in London and undertook a series of commissions, including Electronic Data Systems, Phillips Petroleum and Glaxo, Smith Kline, UK.
Jean’s career as an artist developed in parallel with that of lecturer in Fine Art, printmaking, and textiles. During this time she also exhibited regularly in Germany, France, Holland, and Japan besides numerous exhibitions in the UK. Her work is in a number of private and public collections including: The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan; The Crafts Council Collection, London; and Dana Petroleum, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Over recent years Jean’s preoccupation with travel has focused on aerial views and mapping. She has travelled extensively in Europe, Mexico, South East Asia, and the USA. The starting point may be a photograph taken on a flight or a found image from an internet mapping site. Aerial perspective provides an increased awareness of the delicate balance between man and the environment, giving an overview of the marks made upon the earth’s surface by activities such as agriculture, mining, transport, and urbanization.
The initial images are digitally manipulated and combined with painting. Use of the folding format makes reference to map making traditions of the past whilst linking them with the technology of today. This also facilitates the transport of even quite large work, making the journey of the actual artwork a relevant part of the concept.