The first and most important lesson I learned about colour was when I saw the colours and patterns of the Turkmen carpets on the floor lit up by the strong sunlight. Jahan Gerrard was born in the USSR, and is now based in the UK. Her upbringing in an artistic household has shaped both her inspirations and her career. The creativity of her parents (father an artist and mother a weaver) had a huge impact on her visual awareness. Having studied music first, she started drawing and painting later, after moving to England.
Jahan Gerrard’s work is versatile, spontaneous and always evolving. In an intensive process and dialogue between the artist and the work, the paintings are created to capture the moment, movement and feeling of an inner world and reality.
My approach to painting is physical and spontaneous. Using layers, markmaking and brushstrokes, exploring the surfaces and the possibilities of paint and colour, I’m interested in finding out something unknown. Paintings like thoughts and feelings come in fragments of moments of inspiration and imagination.
2002-2006 University of Hertfordshire
1988 Moscow Conservatoire
Music theory and history
Shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize 2018, Liverpool
2021 "tekne" Galeria Azur Madrid, Spain
2020 The Secret Postcard Show, Lock Up Gallery, August 2020, Cromford, UK
2019 Wales Contemporary Competition, Mall Galleries, London, UK
2019 Wales Contemporary Competition, Waterfront Gallery Milford
Haven, Wales, UK
2019 Micro, Air Gallery, Manchester, UK
2019 Love Stories, The Old Biscuit Factory, London, UK
2018 Studio Event Exhibition, Work Hall, High Wycombe, UK
Summer Salon 2017, Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes,August-September 2017,London
The Secret Postcard Show, Lock Up Gallery, August 2017, Cromford, UK
Black Box - Boecker Contemporary at Faux Mouvement, Centre d'art contemporain, Metz, France
July 6 - October 22, 2017
Antennae, Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes, 12-14 May 2017, London
Summer Salon 2016, Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes, July-August 2016, London
OFF THE WALL, The 9th Terrace Annual Open, London, 2014