Born in 1965
Born in 1965
Born in 1965, Heather Nevay is a Scottish artist who currently resides in Glasgow. She studied at Glasgow School of Art, graduating with honours in Art and Design. Nevay creates figurative works that use symbolism to explore the themes of childhood and innocence.
Initially, Nevay’s works appear eerie and disconcerting, portraying strange animals with human features and sinister children engaged in play that has a ritualistic element. While they do have this sinister edge, Nevay depicts children to understand the broader dynamic of human relationships, and universal themes such as heroism, weakness and fear.
Nevay works with oils to create her figurative portraits, and is meticulous with her use of colour. She paints children playing, and has an interest in games where children play traditional societal roles. Nevay examines the nature of children’s games to explore childhood as not only a frightening experience, but also as the foundation of adulthood.
Nevay has exhibited widely both in the UK and in the USA. In 2002 she was the winner at the prestigious Discerning Eye Exhibition, and in 2016 she won the Royal Scottish Academy Maude Gemmell Hutchison Prize. Nevay is also an elected member of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts.