Artist Statement

Craig makes paintings and drawings that explore still life, figure and landscape subjects, seeking to investigate the profound qualities that exist in our surroundings.

Method of Working

' ... The eye sees only fronts, and the mind, on the whole, is satisfied with fronts. But intuition needs all-roundedness, and instinct needs insideness. The true imagination is forever curving round to the other side, to the back of presented appearance.' David Bomberg
Craig approaches his subject matter by careful observation and depiction of form to develop an understanding and personal connection with what he sees. He then moves from an observational response to an intuitive one seeking to get beyond the 'presented appearance', as Bomberg puts it, to the 'other side' of the subject. Craig allows his imagination to speak and inevitably abstract relationships develop within the work resulting in paintings and drawings of an ambiguous form that occupy the space between realism and abstraction

Biographical Details

2016 Elected member of NEAC
2015 Moved from Edinburgh to Bangor, Northern Ireland
2011 Leith School of Art, Drawing Course
2003-06 Edinburgh College of Art, BA Hons, Drawing & Painting
2002 Leith School of Art, Foundation Course
Scholarships, Awards, Prizes
2018 Winner of the Discerning Eye Drawing Bursary
2012 Winner of the RGI City of Glasgow Art Prize
2011 Winner of the Leith School of Art Drawing Prize
2003 Winner of the Leith School of Art Painting Prize

Past Exhibitions

2016 Columbia Threadneedle Prize Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2016 Exhibition of work by Craig Jefferson, The Engine Room Gallery, Belfast
2016 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2016 New English Annual Open, Mall Galleries, London
2015/16 Stafford Gallery, Exhibition of Scottish Artists, Wimbledon
2014 Leith School of Art Alumni Exhibition, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh