Jennifer McRae

Robin Jenkins, 1912 - 2005. Writer (2000)

About this artwork

Robin Jenkins was one of Scotland's greatest writers. McRae has painted him in a setting reminiscent of his home on the southern tip of the Cowal peninsula, Argyll. There are also references to his life in the East - he lived for long periods in Afghanistan and Borneo - and to his work. The fir cone on the author's lap suggests the title of one of Jenkins's most celebrated novels, The Cone Gatherers, published in 1955. In that work, innocence is pitted against evil, and evil triumphs. Loss of innocence was a recurrent theme in the author's work.

Jennifer McRae

Jennifer McRae

McRae studied at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen from 1987 to 93. Since 1988 her work has appeared in group and solo exhibitions in Britain and America, and she has won numerous awards including the BP Travelling Scholarship in 1999. Best known for her distinctive portraits, she has had work commissioned from the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. McRae is also an enthusiastic printmaker. She currently lives in London.