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About Jill Meager

Jill trained at Cambridge University and Putney School of Art and Design. Her early years in rural Scotland set in motion a desire to uncover the wilderness in every aspect of life.

“All my life I have been especially drawn to vulnerability – both in the natural world and in young humans. In my early work as an actor, then as a political coach and now in my practice as a visual artist, I have spent many years exploring how to find and articulate ideas, how to fine tune expression and the means of communication and most importantly, how to find a meaningful voice.”

In my portraits, as well as revealing the unadorned beauty of my subjects, I want to suggest their silent acquiescence, and the often precarious balance of their existence.

“Jill’s particular genius is to distill the essence of the natural world and in so doing make it something more than itself. Her work is not photographically reproductive and in her manipulation of scale she nimbly creates pieces which pulse with subtle and mischievous life. She imbues her creatures with character without anthropomorphising. The result is the true definition of art: through the medium of the artist the subject is transformed and given more than ordinary significance. Jill’s technical skill is matched by her wisdom, wit and passionate engagement with the world around her and it is these qualities which are the underpinnings of her work and why every piece she makes is simply, viscerally, compellingly beautiful.”

Francesca Brill, writer and film maker

Francesca Brill

“I love your appreciation for birds and all of nature, which I also hold dear. I have a real reverence for the precious natural world.  Your art captures the essence of the absolute beauty of your subjects and it induces a wonderful feeling on viewing.”

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Crow, National Open Art Competition

Jane Newbery Gallery
84 Dulwich Village SE21 7AJ

Art at the Shard

Selected exhibitions

2012 V&A Inspired by: finalist

2012 Morley Gallery Draw More: finalist

2014 National Open Art Competition: finalist  

2016 Michael Morpurgo short story:  Hare 1 selected illustration

2017 House and Garden  Magazine 70th Anniversary Edition: featured artist

2015-19 Christmas card illustrations for Farms for City Children and InterAct Stroke Support 

2019 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition shortlisted

A selection of my work is held at the Jane Newbery Gallery, 84 Dulwich Village London SE21 7AJ,  The Ashburn Gallery, Ashburton, Devon and the Darryl Nanatais Gallery, Linton, Cambridge and Auchterarder, Perthshire

I am a member of ARTCAN





Elevate O2 The London Shard

13-15 March

Borders Art Fair, Kelso


Solo Show Ashburn Gallery, Ashburton, Devon

19-21 June 2020

Artists 'Staying' At Home

London W4

September 1-November 7

Chiswick in Pictures

Clayton Hotel, Chiswick High Rd W4

1 September-30 November

"Where the heart is"

Ashburn Gallery, Devon

16th-30th November

Artists at Home Charity Auction


February 6-November 30

Selected works at The Shard London

April 30-September 30

ArtCan 44 Hallam St W1

May 13-18

From the Studio Floor, St Barnabas, Cambridge

June 14-16

AAH Artists at Home, Chiswick

August 2-31

Ashburn Gallery Summer Exhibition, Ashburton, Devon


Chiswick in Pictures, Clayton Hotel,  London  


Solo show Jane Newbery Gallery Dulwich Village London

November 30 - December 1

The Chiswick Creatives

Christmas Pop-up Craft Fair

The Michael Room, St Michael and All Angels Church W4

Sat 11-6

Sun 11.30-4.30

The Ashburn Gallery Christmas Exhibition

Private View November 15th 4-8pm

2 Kingsbridge Lane, Ashburton, Devon TQ13 7DX

Elevate 02 at The Shard

December 4-April 30

Featuring Crow Collage and Rook Collage


From the Studio Floor, Mill Lane, Cambridge

ArtCan, at 44 Hallam St, London

Chiswick in Pictures, Clayton Hotel London

Laveli Chiswick



Chiswick in Pictures, Clayton Hotel London




Christmas exhibition, Oil and Water Gallery London

Birds, Beasts and Butterflies, Oil and Water Gallery London

Portrait, Espacio Gallery London



Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, Oil and Water Gallery London

artFix inaugural show, London



National Open Art Competition, Courtauld Gallery

Touring to Minerva Festival Theatre, Chichester

Making Seen, Espacio Gallery, London


If you would like more information on any of my work, please email me. 

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