- Academician Elected : 22/09/2020
Jane Hyslop was born in Edinburgh and was brought up in Midlothian where she still lives and has a studio. She studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art between 1984 and 1990 and is an artist with particular interest in drawing and printmaking.
Hyslop employs a range of mediums making artist’s books and works on paper combining natural and human histories by investigating points of tension where these different worlds meet. Place and identity are central to her work and subject matter is often sourced in her native Midlothian.
She develops these themes through intensive study involving observational drawing, reading, topographic study and material experimentation brought together in works which visually express narratives and detail findings. Often ideas are conveyed through examining the flora that inhabits particular sites. Examples of this include research into the history of Scottish gardens, the cultivation of specimen plants over indigenous ones and the development of Scotland’s linen industry.
Her work is held in numerous collections including Yale Center for British Art, Tate Library Special Collections, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Special Books Collection and the National Library of Scotland.
She currently lectures in Art and Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh.