Jenny Vaughan CV

Born Bangalore, India.  1944

Harrogate School of Art. Pre-Diploma. 1961

Sunderland College of Art, Diploma in Art & Design 1962-65

Designing and making hats and cushions for Liberty, London 1965-6

Moved to St Ives, Cornwall 1966

Start exhibiting at Penwith Gallery, St Ives

Start working with Dai Vaughan at Porthmeor Studios. 1967

Form Magic Murals 1968

Painting sound-to-light backdrops for bands and DJs

Start designing, painting and lighting club and disco interiors from 1969

Culminating in completing Bumpers, Piccadilly Circus, London 1972

(at that time the largest Discotheque in Europe)

Moved to the Isle of Lewis, Scotland 1973

Formed Jenny Vaughan Knitwear 1976 designing and making crochet outer garments using the local Harris Tweed wool.

Founder member of An Lantair, Stornoway. Exhibit each year from 1980

Start working on mainland. The Green Tree, Bathgate. 1981

Creating trompe l’oeil rooms in and around London 1981-1985

Start working in Glasgow 1985.

Designed and came up with vision for Glasgow Garden Festival Gullivers Travels/Alice in Wonderland themes with larger than life sculptures 1985-6 (giant flowers etc)

Trompe l’oeil rooms in private homes in the city, as well as mural panels for Balbir’s Ashoka, Restaurant, Elderslie St.

Start working with Ken McCulloch on various bars and interiors.

Moved to Glasgow and formed Art-Works on winning the Scotland-wide open competition to be artists of Princes Square, Buchanan Street. 1987-88. Completed escalator walls portrait murals, trompe l’oeil panels, illusionistic shop fronts, the Foucault Pendulum Clock, and various lighting effects.

Joined Hugh Martin & Partners design team, with work in Edinburgh and London

Completed a set of illusionistic murals for Bill Murdoch Associates, for Asahi Hotel, Osaka, Japan 1988

Further work in bars, clubs and restaurants in Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen

New Lanark Visitor Centre, painting of sets and scenery for the Annie Macleod Experience. 1988


Crieff Hydro, decorative murals in Leisure Complex 1989

Panoramic mural for Weymouth Museum 1989

George Square, Glasgow, designed three-dimensional sculptural lighting display, and also designed schemes for Sauchiehall St and Argyle Street (the latter two never happened)

Organised “In the Making” exhibition at the Glasgow Arts Centre, Washington Street, of all

those involved in the George Square lights. 1989. which were used for twenty six years.


House for an Art Lover, start work on research and design detailing of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s drawings for various artworks, starting with the finials.

Start a series of twenty four gesso panels for the Dining Room 1989-1996

Princes Square, design and position of Peacock roof sculpture (made by Alan Dawson) also design banners and exterior lighting.

Design, construct and install a 60ft Christmas Tree Mobile.  1990

Gweek Seal Sanctuary, Cornwall. Design and construction of sets and kinetic features 1990

Cardiff City Centre, for Cardiff Marketing, design, supervise construction and installation of Christmas lights for the whole city centre……..all streets and prominent buildings  1991

Visitor Centre, Gatehouse of Fleet, construction and painting of all sets and scenery, for Dumfries & Galloway Council. 1991

GRE Properties designed, made and dyed a set of five entrance panels for offices at 163 West George Street, Glasgow. 1992

Monument Mall, Newcastle upon Tyne. Painting of dome soffit and atrium frieze with gold leaf murals depicting symbols of the River Tyne and the sea. 1992-3

Design, manufacture, and installation of Christmas Sculptural feature over 60 metres in length for the atrium space. Also, festive lighting for the exterior and main entrance. 1992-4

Set of large-scale panoramic murals for Strathclyde Regional council, Loch Winnock Visitor Centre. 1994

Christmas Lighting Catalogue featuring our designs of twelve illuminated features, which were ordered by UK city councils. 1994

Installed all the features along the exterior of The Big Breakfast House for Channel 4, which ran for the whole festive period and were seen on TV every day 1994

Edinburgh City Council also ordered all the features from the catalogue, which we then installed along Princes for two years 1994-5

Designed and made Electric Candles for clergy and choir. Glasgow Cathedral. 1995

Casino Austria, Klessheim Palace, Salzburg. Designed, made and       installed Angel Sculpture in Light. Now in Vienna. 1994

House for an Art Lover. Completed 24 gesso panels now installed in the Dining Room 1995-6

Livingston Development Corporation & West Lothian Council. Design, manufacture and install Christmas lighting display in Almondvale Boulevard, Livingston. 1995-7


Princes Square. Design team work on entrances and re-alignment of theatre lighting. 1996

Robbie Dhu Centre, Glenfiddich Distillery, William Grant& Sons. Designed and painted five mural panels showing the stages of making malt whisky. 1997

St Johns Church, Cupar. Design, construction and installation of large Celtic Cross. 1997


Buchanan Street competition for Glasgow Development Agency.

Worked with Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates in New York. We were shortlisted and thankfully came second. 1997

North Rotunda, Glasgow. Design and painting of dome with gold leaf design for casino club. 1998

Complete a series of my own paintings. 2003

Travels in India. Watercolours and drawings of the places visited 2005


Exhibition of my own work. Glasgow 2005

Travels in India. Watercolours and drawings of the places visited. 2009

Travels in India and Nepal. Watercolours of the places visited. 2011

Exhibition of work done during trips to India and Nepal.

Leading Charles Rennie Mackintosh tours for Mackintosh Society, Travel Editions and Arts and Crafts Tours of America. 2006-2016

Travelling in Morocco. Watercolours of the places visited.2014-2015

Travels in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. Series of watercolours of the places visited. 2016-2017

Since our work for the House for an Art Lover, completed a large number of gesso panels, mostly based on the work of Margaret Macdonald, and commissioned by private clients, in UK and the States.

Final gesso panel commission. All Ye that walk in Willow Wood inspired by the original panel by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, for the Salon de Luxe at The Willow Tea Rooms, (now called Mackintosh at the Willow) in Sauchiehall Street.) 2018

Travels in Sri Lanka. Series of watercolours.