Artist Biography - Joyce Gunn Cairns

Joyce Gunn Cairns MBE was born in Bonnyrigg near Edinburgh, and has been based in the capital since 1977. After taking a degree in German and Comparative Religion, she studied at Edinburgh College of Art. Gunn-Cairns began to exhibit in the late 1980s. Her paintings and drawings are intensely personal, exploring her own emotional and physical history and using her own body as a... point of departure. She also produces portrait drawings, usually of friends, whom she likes to sit for her on a regular basis over a period of time.

Her work can be found in many public and private collections:

Newcastle University, The Tom Graham Room

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The Scottish Poetry Library

Balliol College, Oxford

Jesus College, Cambridge

Edinburgh University

New Hall College Art Collection, Cambridge
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