Jenny Shah

Jenny Shah

Venue 40


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After a career in Graphic Design Jenny took a break to start a family. She quickly jenny-shah-2discovered that being a full time mum was challenging to say the least and found that the Clifton Lido was fast becoming her sanctuary, a sort of ‘mini-break’ from the daily routine!

Jenny had been a member of Spike Print Studio but found printmaking too long a process to return to while the children were still young. So she began to consider painting. Faced with no brief and a blank canvas Jenny was unsure what the subject matter was going to be. After jenny-shah-3months of pondering, sipping lattes and being mesmerised by the splashing and gliding of the swimmers in the pool she realised that the answer had been staring at her in the face the whole time! And so the Clifton Lido paintings were born!

This ongoing series of paintings explore the way the light and weather can combine in many ways to create a constantly changing pool colour. Jenny is also fascinated by the interaction of the swimmer with thejenny-shah-4 water (regular members may recognise themselves in her paintings!). As a member herself she tries to capture the passion she has for swimming in such inspiring surroundings, a true urban oasis!