Approved: 18.12.2011

Jeannie Driver

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Project manager

Approved: 18.12.2011

Jeannie Driver’s post minimalist works utilise materials imbued with processes and metaphorical references to present works as drawing, installation, sculpture, and film.

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    Artist Statement

    Jeannie Driver’s post minimalist works utilise materials imbued with processes and metaphorical references to present works as drawing, installation, sculpture, and film.

    Fascinated by how paper is able to transverse both the 2D and 3D ‘Lifting The Drawing off the Page’ body of works develop from geometric drawings on the page and utilise systems, materials and measurements to create transient, 'un-fixed', installations that shift in time and space. This interest in sequence and repetition flows throughout her work, in both the utilitarian material and processes she employs.

    Traditional drawing materials of charcoal, graphite and paper occupy a dominant presence; as line becomes object, dust becomes surface, and space as form. Created in scale relationship to her own body, Driver’s wall installations explore perception and metaphorical space. Inspired by the drawings and approach of Sol Le Witt and Legia Clark, Driver’s expanded drawings are ‘unfixed’ and present in phases. 

    Born in London, 1966, Driver studied Fine Art at the University of Portsmouth, obtaining a 1st Class BA(Hons)in 1996, and a distinction MA by Project in 2000. On graduation Driver focused on new gerne of public art  winning national awards alongside exhiting her own works, that explored the relationship bwtweena artist and audince.  Following her highly reputed SPIKE IT proejct Driver shifted to a studio based practice in 2007. Her studio is currently based at Art Space Portsmouth.


    Driver's  installations and works have been exhibited nationally in commercial and public galleries, and site specific commissions. Significant exhibitions include, Dazzle & Disrupt, Quay Arts, When Contents Become Form,  Arbyte Gallery. Ubiquitous Materials, duo exhibition curated by Dr Out Remes. Driver has participated in numerous selected group shows, including, Edge to Edge, Cello Factory, FOUND Woolff Gallery, and Preparing the Site, Bank Gallery, Whitechapel. Site Specific installations include Lines of Passage at Salisbury Arts Centre. 

    Driver was a recipient of a DYCP ACE award in 2018-19 ad undertook, Stretching a Line, a residency and collaboration with Anna Cady at Stroud Valley Arts, and the exhibition UNFIXED at Art Sapce POrtsmouth gallery, includinging a presentation of research with accompanying programme of artist peer discussions and events. 






    CV & Education


    2021. Degrees of Ambiguity, Courtx. Installation

    2021 Edge to Edge, Cello Factory. Group show. Curated by Rob Dunt and Alex Hinks

    2021. Manifestaitons of a Cube. Jack House Gallery

    2021 Dazzle & Disrupt, Quay Arts, Newport, IOW. Due exhibition

    2019  UNFIXED. GASP. Exhibition and programme of events.

    2018  Stretching the Line, Stroud Vallery Arts.

    2016 Preparing The Site, Bank Gallery, Whitechapel. Group exhibtion. Curated by Anna Vardi and Emma Warburton.
    2015  Corporate Headquarters. Open Ealing group exhibition with Fabio Lattanzi, Martin Lau, Jon Purnell, Marc Rebshaw.
    2015  PAPER, Salisbury Art Centre, April - May. Site specific installation, Lines of Passage.
              Group exhibtion.
    2014  FFound exhibtion, Woolff Gallery. Group exhibition. 3rd October - 1st November
    2013  When Contents Become Form. Solo exhibtion. Arbeit Gallery, Hackney Wick, London.
    2012 - Ubiquitous Materials by Jeannie Driver & Christopher Lundie, Bracknell Gallery, South Hill  Park.
    2009 Work Play. Solo exhibtion, SPACE Gallery, Portsmouth
    2008 Spike It. ASPEX Gallery & Millias Gallery.

    Group exhibitions 2013 - PLAN.OPEN. Super Scale, ARBEIT Gallery. First Floor, 4 White Post Lane., Hackney Wick 2013 - Void Open 2013, Void Gallery, London 2012 - PLAN.OPEN. Hidden/Exposed, Mile End Art Pavilion, London 2012 - SPOTLIGHT curated by OVADA. , Oxford Town Hall, Oxford 2011 - Like Shadows: A Celebration of Shyness, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton 2007 - Works on Paper, Gallery 53, Beauchamp Place, Kingsbridge, London Intervention 2010 - Rising Tides of Bureaucracy. ARC Office. Installation, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

    Qualifications.  1996 - MA (by Project) Distinction, University of Portsmouth. BA Fine Art. 1st Class.

    August 2018  DYCP award funded by ACE