Kirsty Wither is a Scottish painter of flowers, landscapes and small nudes. She trained in painting at Gray’s school of Art, Aberdeen and has painted professionally and exhibited publicly since graduating in 1990. She was given her first exhibition in 1993 in Glasgow and has continued to exhibit regularly, going on to have nearly fifty solo exhibitions since, mainly in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. More recently, her work has also been shown in Dubai, Denmark and the US.
A passion for oil paint was ignited at Art School and has remained virtually her sole medium. She describes working with oils as a continual learning curve whereby colour and texture are of equal importance to the subject matter. In this way, Kirsty never paints with a vase of flowers in front of her or paints or sketches outdoors, relishing the liberation of creating something from an idea and her own recollection. The image develops on the canvas: an energetic and sometimes lengthy process of adding and subtracting tones with palette knife, brushes and fingers.
The paintings are a distillation of colour and a heightened view of the world around us: Ultimately she wants the viewer to find a sense of optimism and joy.
Kirsty’s work is included in many notable private and public collections including The Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, Glasgow District Council, London’s Misys Plc and Gleacher & Co and also in private collections world-wide. Japanese company Hibel published a series of limited edition prints which lead to a signing tour of Japan’s major cities. She has been an invited artist in the Singer and Friedlander Competition at Mall Galleries London, and twice been an invited artist at the Discerning Eye Exhibition, also at Mall Galleries.