Gemma Conway

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

Why did you choose to be an artist/designer? From as early as primary school, I spoke about going to Art School and pursuing Art as a career. I was lucky enough to attend Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design to complete my Honours degree and then complete my Masters at Glasgow School of Art.

What medium do you work in? I have worked in many media such as printmaking, sculpture, video and photography however painting is my main practice – typically working with Acrylic on Board.

What's your background, have you always been an artist/designer?

I have a full time job as a Customer Service Team Leader and make/sell my artwork the rest of the time!

How has your practice changed over time? It was in my 2nd year at DJCAD when I started to develop my graphic style and using silhouettes. I have experimented using this style with different media and continue to do so now

What Does Your Art Mean to You? What Does Your Artwork Represent?

My work has always been inspired by the people, from all walks of life, that I pass on the street everyday. Despite the anonymity of the silhouette, I hope people will relate to this in some subliminal way. Silhouettes allow the viewer to make their own interpretation of who these figures are and possibly remind them of someone in their life or even themselves.

How and when did you started creating….?

I've been making Art since a young age, however I really began to view it as a profession during my studies at college and Art School.

How would you describe your creations?

I would describe my paintings as graphic and bold.

What inspires you? Similar to my answer to question 5, my work is inspired by all the different people that I pass on the street everyday.

Where do you show / sell your art?

Other than at SDX, I exhibit my work in various open exhibitions and occasionally at art fairs. I also sell artwork through the shop on my website - . I can also be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter - @gemmaconwayart .


Do you think art can have an impact in the local community?

Yes. I think art, whether it is painting, sculpture, music, drama, etc., can start a conversation in a community and can therefore bring a community together and even initiate important changes.

Who are your biggest influences?

I have been massively influenced by Pop Art. My favourite artists include Julian Opie, Michael Craig Martin and Patrick Caulfield.


What difference has working with SDX made to your business?

Working with SDX has allowed for my work to be seen by a new audience. As well as making sales in the store, I have been contacted by people who have picked up a business card while visiting SDX and invited me to work on other projects or requested a commission.