Jenny Halstead PS
Journeying from the discipline of medical illustration back to the freedom of fine art is an exciting process. My work continues to explore drawing as well as the excitement of the moment. I am fascinated by form and colour and their interaction with light on both landscape and figure, and depict this in oil, pastel and water-based mediums.
Studied Art & Design at Sutton and Cheam School of Art, and then won Guest Scholarship to Royal Academy Schools while training in Medical Art at the Central Middlesex Hospital, London.
Worked in various London Teaching Hospitals illustrating surgery, anatomy and medicine.
Became free-lance, illustrating many publications including Gray’s Anatomy 36th, 37th & 38th editions, also expanded illustrative work into scientific and natural history subjects. Working in partnership with late husband, a palaeontologist, produced numerous books including a dinosaur series for children. Project work together in USA, West Africa, India and China.
Recently involved with teaching adult drawing and painting workshops in London and the Berkshire area, and painting holidays abroad, as well as progression of my own work.
Current Project: Artist in Residence, The Harris Garden, University of Reading
Solo Exhibition of works arising from the residency – May 2013 at the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading
Publication of the finished work and sketch book studies – May 2013 Two Rivers Press.
Established : Whiteknights Studio Trail - a walking tour of Open Studios in the area of the University in Reading
( 2001 - annually ), Co-ordinator and Exhibitor.
Exhibitions : regularly exhibits in London and in Group shows in South-Eastern England.
Fellow of The Medical Artists Association of Great Britain
Member of Chelsea Arts Society
Member of the Pastel Society
Anne Hevener, ‘Pushing the Limits : Jenny Halstead’ The Pastel Journal (USA), December 2011
Ken Gofton, ‘Large, Loose and Colourful – Jenny Halstead’ The Artist, March 2012
The Red House
85 Christchurch Road
Reading RG2 7BD