Lorenz, Kirsty Curriculum Vitae

Flowers mean different things to different people. To me they are the secret of the cosmos. - Winifred Nicolson
Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light. - Theodore Roethke
I paint flower portraits much as a portrait artist will paint heads and figures, and through them express something fundamental about life and living. Translated into paintings the flowers become near perfect uber flowers, sometimes enlarged to a monumental scale or constructed into chains or shapes adding symbolic meaning.
I paint a wide range of flowers; cultivated varieties that exhibit great poise, character and drama like dahlias, lilies and peonies. Amaryllis are other-worldly and triffid-like. I have an ongoing Daisy painting project - single Daisies and Daisy chains. I love their prolific humility, nostalgia and beauty. I paint wild Scottish flowers that have wonderful form and colour - Foxglove, Wild Rose, Buttercup , Clover etc. I am also working on a painting series called �Carnal.� The Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh allowed me access to their carnivorous plant collection and I am creating paintings through this research exploring the darker side of plant life.
I work from my unusual studio in Fife on a railway platform. In August �09, after a year of applications, fundraising and hard work, I was able to move in. Created out of three boarded up rooms on the platform, unused for years, they are now bright, light spaces full of character. My launch in September 2009 was featured on both BBC Scotland and STV news, as well as various magazines and newspapers. From here I create my paintings, run painting workshops and hold occasional Open Studios, events and exhibitions.
I paint predominantly in oils on canvas, and also acrylic, watercolour and pencil on paper.
I received a BA Joint Honours 2:1 in Art and Art History from Goldsmiths College, London where I studied from 1989 - 1992. Before returning to painting in 2002, I ran galleries, projects and workshops in hospitals for Artlink-Edinburgh. I was a member of The Scottish Arts Council Visual Arts Committee and a freelance Arts Education consultant

Royal Bank of Scotland, Applecross Property Development, Lothian Healthcare NHS Trust, private collections in UK, Europe and USA.

Awards and Grants
2010 Artist Award, Fife Council
2009 Railway Heritage Trust, Fife Business Gateway - grants towards studio/renovations project at Ladybank Station
2008 Artist Award, Fife Council
2005 Hope Scott Trust award to visit specialist plant nursery in Germany that import a rare Peony called Rockii from China for a series of paintings and prints
2008 �Wild Flowers� published by Perjink Press - A collaboration of poetry by Giles Connisbee and paintings by Kirsty Lorenz

Solo/Two Person Exhibitions
2009 Invited Artist, Perthshire Arts Association, Perth Museum and Gallery, Perth
Perthshire Open Studios, with painter Susie Johnstone at Touchie Studios, near Kinross
2008 �Really Wild Flowers� with artist Jenny Matthews at Donald Watson Gallery, East Lothian
Featured Artist - Art at the Airport, Edinburgh Airport
2007 �Pushing Up Daisies II�, Cairns Gallery, Peebles, -Two person show with Ian Healy
2006 Solo Exhibition, The Riverside Gallery, Aberdeen
�Pushing Up Daisies�, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh - Two person show with Ian Healy

Selected Group Exhibitions
2010 Scotlandart Edinburgh & Glasgow
Advocate Galleries, London
Roger Billcliffe, Glasgow
Cortereal Gallery, Portugal
2009 The Gallery Upstairs, Warwickshire
Strathearn Gallery, Crieff
Gallery 13, Los Angeles
Scotland art (Edinburgh & Glasgow)
Newbloodart (London)
May Muir Maxwell Trust charity Art Fair, Edinburgh
Pitlochry Theatre, Pitlochry
2008 Scotland art (Edinburgh & Glasgow)
Newbloodart (London)
May Muir Maxwell Trust charity Art Fair, Edinburgh
2007 Oisin Gallery, Dublin
Stenton Gallery, East Lothian
Affordable Art Fair, London
Gateshead Art Fair, Newcastle
Riverside Gallery, Aberdeen
Just Scottish, Edinburgh
Art at the Airport, Edinburgh
Scotlandart, Edinburgh and Glasgow
2006 Affordable Art Fair,London
Heinzel Gallery, Aberdeen
Oisin Gallery, Dublin
Riverside Gallery, Stonehaven
Cairns Gallery, Peebles
Stenton Gallery, East Lothian
2005 Merz Gallery, Edinburgh
The Gallery Upstairs, Warwickshire
Stenton Gallery, East Lothian
Aberdeen Artists Society Annual Open, Aberdeen
Arc Gallery, Chicago, U.S.A.