Jenni grew up in London as one of seven children. She attended Loughborough University where her love for painting and storytelling developed throughout her degree in Visual Communication. Upon leaving University Jenni spent a short time working in a London office before realising her passion lied in the arts. She knew it was the only thing she wanted to do. Almost ten years on and she hasn’t looked back; Jenni’s work now graces walls across the country and the world in places such as Australia and Singapore.
Now living and working in Norwich with a family of her own, her studio is full of scribbles of ideas and splashes of paint. Jenni’s ideas come from working in a reportage style; armed with a sketchbook she takes real people and situations, filtering them through her imaginings and daydreams to create vibrant images of colourful worlds. “There is something so special about having real people and their stories in my paintings, they make for such a rich image. As I shut my studio door at the end of the day, I aim to have created something funny and quirky, filled with people and stories that are uplifting through their joyful, positive outlook, sparking happiness and shared memories.”
Working in acrylic on panel which has been under painted in order to intensify the colours, Jenni slowly builds up the layers, scaling and repeating the leitmotifs until they evoke a sense of wonder and magic.
We are delighted to have Jenni Murphy on board at Forest Gallery.