Gunn Cairns, Joyce MBE

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Joyce Gunn Cairns MBE

1948 –

Joyce Gunn Cairns 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