“She starts by using very runny translucent paint that she dribbles on and pushes around and let’s pool. It seems a very personal and instinctive way of working, but she is also very good at capturing an insightful likeness in her portraiture, which makes for a powerful combination.” Tai Shan Schierenberg, Beyond The Canvas, Quadrille Publishing Ltd

“My current work jostles between representation and abstraction and experiments with the possibilities of painting both through its language and material substance. I’m interested in blurring the boundaries between reality, memory and the imagined.” Selena Mowat

Born in Inverness, Scotland 1977
BA(Hons)Fine Art, DOJCAD, Dundee University 2002
Lecturer in Drawing & Painting, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee University 2004 – 2010

Painting since childhood.

Currently living and working between Germany and Ireland

David Gordon Memorial Prize, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh //
Mario Lanza Residency, Filignano, Isernia, Italy //
Shortlisted, British School of Rome, London, England //
Dundee Visual Artists Award, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland //
DVAA Scheme Publication, DCA, Scotland //
The Workroom Residency, Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland //
Yuck and Yum(contributor)Artzine, Dundee, Scotland //
Founder/Director/Curator, Hoopdash Collective, Dundee //
Artists Bursary Award, Donegal County Council, Donegal, Ireland //
Founder/Secretary, Avant Garda Artist Collective, Ireland //
Founder/Curator/Editor, Zweef Artzine, Donegal, Ireland //
Glebe Gallery Prize, Derek Hill Foundation, Donegal, Ireland //
Victor Vasarely Residency, Victor Vasarely Foundation, Aix, France //
Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year, National Portrait Gallery, London //
A Little Book of Portraits – Beyond the canvas, Quadrille Publishers, London //

Centenary – Ireland remembers 1916, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin //


2018  Derek Hill and the view from Donegal  //  State Apartments, Dublin Castle, Ireland

2017/18  On The Natural (solo), RCC, Letterkenny  // An Gailearai, Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland

2017  Local Heroes (solo), KulturDiele, Rudolstadt World Music Festival, Germany //

2017  Kunstzone, M1 Gallery, Gera, Germany //

2016  The Look of the Irish, Glebe Gallery, Co.Donegal, Ireland //

2015  The Contemporary Portrait, Thompson’s Gallery, London, England //

2015  Vis a Vis, Saale Gallery, Thuringia, Germany //

2014  Belonging (solo) Glebe Gallery, Co.Donegal, Ireland //

2013  Sky Arts Portrait Artist Of The Year, National Portrait Gallery, London //

2013  ERRARE, Avant Garda Artist Collective, Victor Vasarley Foundation, Aix De Provence, France //

2012  Artists Books, DCA, Dundee, Scotland //

2012  IMAGINARIUM (solo) An Grianan Theatre, Co.Donegal, Ireland //

2012  Outspace, Earagail Arts Festival, Co.Donegal, Ireland //

2012  ‘AUSFAHRT’ A Special Place, Space 2b, Augsburg, Germany //

2011  Are Your Eyes Bleeding Yet? Belfast Fringe Festival, Northern Ireland //

2011  The Floating World  (solo) ArtCo Gallery, Letterkenny, Co.Donegal, Ireland //

2009  Hoopdash, Rehearsal Rooms, Dundee Rep Theatre, Dundee, Scotland //

2007  Generator Members Show, Generator Projects, Dundee, Scotland //

2006  Aberdeen Artists, Selective Show, Aberdeen, Scotland //

2005  Fake ID, Limousine Bull, Aberdeen, Scotland //

2003  Ecce Homo, Isernia, Italy //

2003  Spirito, Filignano, Italy //

2003  New Graduates, Leith Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland //

2002  Royal Academy Annual Student Exhibition, Mcllellan Galleries, Glasgow, Scotland //

2002  Painting….per se, Gallery 10, Glasgow, Scotland //





2 thoughts on “About

  1. hi Selena, I loved your portrait of the woman you painted in the final of sky arts 1 portrait painter of the year. Would you be interested in selling it ?., if so what would be the price ?.regards Graham

    • Hi Graham, Thankyou for your enquiry, unfortunately the last painting of Shami Chakrabarti was a commissioned painting and so it belongs to the liberty group. Regards, Selena

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