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Lived/Active: Scotland      Known for: portrait, genre

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Biography from a third party submitted on 07/07/2006:
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Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1961, self-taught artist Joan Somerville has been painting professionally for just six years – yet her work has already attracted worldwide interest, with collectors across the United States, Europe, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Joan was chosen as a major prizewinner in the 'Brave Art' competition held by the Smith Art Gallery and Museum in Stirling, Scotland.  The contest was open to artists inspired by the movie “Braveheart” (based on the life of William Wallace); and Joan's winning painting depicted a group of brawny warriors awaiting battle – determined to defend to the last man – set against a backdrop of the Scottish countryside.  Joan has had sell-out exhibitions in Glasgow, Birmingham, London and New York. 

Washington Green, Europe's publisher of collectable art, also publishes her work in the form of limited edition prints, greeting cards, and ceramic sculptures.  Joan recently opened her own gallery at Charing Cross, Glasgow, in autumn of 2002.  An avid people-watcher, Joan's own enthusiasm for life is reflected in the delightful, fun-loving characters in her paintings.  Her art work introduces you to the anonymous people we see and meet in our everyday lives, and allows the viewer to join in on a conversation, pull up a chair at a dinner table or mix and mingle in a bar. Her humorous portraits reveal to the viewer how wonderful it is to exist without the veil of perfection placed on us by society.  Fun-loving characters and quirky titles bring a smile to peoples' faces; she has a gift for catching the right expression, the indulgent move, the perfect moment.

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