Jenny Vaughan CV

1944 Born in Bangalore, India

1961 Harrogate School of Art. Pre-Diploma

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

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

1966 Move to St Ives, Cornwall. Start exhibiting at Penwith Gallery

1968 Awarded Arts Council Studio. No 4 Porthmeor Studios.

From now on all work done in partnership with Dai Vaughan

1968 Founded Magic Murals. Painting Backdrops which worked with lights for Bands and DJs

1970 Appointed Visual Arts Organizers. First St Ives Festival. Design, Paint and light club interiors.

1972 Paint large scale murals for stage, entrance and exterior of Bumpers Piccadilly Circus. The largest discotheque in Europe at that time.

1973 Moved to the Isle of Lewis.

Bought and started restoring a 1829 Thomas Telford manse

1975 Founded Jenny Vaughan knitwear using local island wool.
Showed at London Fashion Week.

Sales from then on to London, Canada and Germany.

1980 Exhibition of Magic Mural Backdrops at Glasgow University.

Commissions followed from clubs in Scotland.

1981 Founding members of An Lantair, Stornoway and exhibit each year.

The following are some of the commissions for illusionistic rooms and panels for private individuals and developers, in and around London.

1983 Drawings and watercolours while backpacking in India

1985 In response to an ad in the Stornoway Gazette, we submit design concepts for Glasgow Garden Festival. It was Jenny’s vision the idea that Alice In Wonderland/Gulliver’s Travels should be the main theme of the festival. This included larger than life sculptural installations like the giant flowers. Sadly, Jenny’s ideas were used but she was given no credit and the work was given to others.

Initial move to Glasgow

Start work on Festival designs and designs for Ken McCulloch for the hotel No 1 Devonshire Gardens.

Design and Paint Trompe l’oeil rooms in a number of private flats in the city.

Paint Indian scenes for Balbir’s Ashoka Restaurant.

1985 Complete a series of stencil designs for private homes.

Decorate a Pirate Themed pub near the harbour in Aberdeen

1987 Win the competition for artists for Princes Square Shopping Centre, Glasgow. This was a Scotland-wide open art competition.

Work on a series of anamorphic mural portraits of famous people born in Glasgow for the escalator walls, paint two large trompe L’oeil window scenes of Glasgow in 1987 showing both daytime and night-time views of the city centre, calibrate the Foucault Pendulum Clock, and paint various illusionistic shop fronts.

1987 Paint a series of decorative panels for Caskie’s bars in both Glasgow and Dundee.

Design and paint sets for the Annie Macleod Experience, New Lanark Visitor Centre.

Design and paint two illusionistic murals for the Asahi Hotel, Osaka In Japan

Complete a series of trompe l’oeil panels

1989 Chosen by Glasgow City Council to design the Christmas Lights for George Square, to celebrate Glasgow becoming 1990 European City Of Culture. These were used for twenty six years which must be a record.

Do Christmas lighting designs for both Argyle St and Sauchiehall Street pedestrian precincts. These were never carried out.

Organize the “In the Making” exhibition at the Glasgow Arts Centre, featuring all those involved in the George Square Festive lights.

1989 Design and Paint decorative murals for the Leisure Centre, Crieff Hydro

Paint a large panoramic mural for Weymouth Museum

1989 Start research and design detailing for the Art Lovers House, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, only now being built in Glasgow

Study the work of Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. These are the four initial gesso panels we completed.

1990 Continue work on the Art Lovers House design details, and start work on a series of gesso panels for the Dining Room, based on drawings by Mackintosh and gesso panel work of Margaret Macdonald.

1990 Join design team of Hugh Martin Partnership and work on further designs for Princes Square, culminating in the Peacock Roof Sculpture, exterior banners and effects lighting.

Design, construct and install a 60ft tall Christmas Tree mobile in the atrium.

Design and construction of sets and kinetic sculptures for Gweek Seal Sanctuary in Devon.

1991 Construction and painting of all sets and scenery for the Gatehouse of Fleet Visitor Centre, Dumfries and Galloway.

1991 Fresco murals for Italian Restaurant in the Barras Glasgow.

1991 Chosen by Cardiff City Council to design Christmas Lighting features for Cardiff Castle, and all the main city centre streets and buildings.

The theme was music and so we based our animated displays on Christmas Carols, complete with musical staves which lit up in time to the tunes.

1992 Design teamwork with Hugh Martin Partnership for Monument Mall, Newcastle upon Tyne. Design and paint dome murals and a set of mural panels for atrium area on the theme of the River Tyne

1992 For Monument Mall we design, make and install a large Santa and Reindeer flying through the atrium space with presents tumbling out of the sleigh

1992 Designed, dyed and installed five large entrance panels for GRE offices at 163 West George St, Glasgow.

1993 Design and paint the ceiling, and design, make and install a mosaic bar front for the Shish Mahal Restaurant, Maryhill.

Design and paint the entrance and main room mural panels for The Punjab Express Restaurant, Coatbridge.

Design, make and paint a large dining room table for a private client.

1994 Design and paint a set of large panoramic murals panels for Loch Winnock Visitor Centre for Strathclyde Regional Council.

1994 Publish a catalogue of Christmas lighting features for councils throughout UK.

Install a number of these features along Princes Street, Edinburgh for Edinburgh City Council.

Create an Angel in Light for Casino Austria, and install it at the front of what was Hitler’s Summer Palace in Salzburg, Austria.

Install Christmas lighting features for the whole exterior frontage of Channel 4’s Big Breakfast building, which was seen on TV every morning for the whole two months Christmas season.

1995 Re-start work on the 24 gesso panels for the Dining Room of the House for an Art Lover inspired by the work of Margaret Macdonald.

Complete a series of gesso panels closely based on the gesso panels. These were originally considered for the Dining Room and then we decided not to use them, but to base the panels on a theme.

Design and make Electric candles for clergy and choir, Glasgow Cathedral.

Design, manufacture and installation of the Almondvale Boulevard Christmas Lights in Livingston, for Livingston Development Corporation And West Lothian Council.

1996 Design teamwork with Hugh Martin Partnership on design of scaffolding banner for Frasers Department Store in Buchanan St. Also work with HMP on Princes Square decoration of entrances and Theatre Lighting for Atrium

Gave talks and ran gesso workshops at the MacLellan Galleries during The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Exhibition.

1997  Research, design, paint and install a set of five trompe l’oeil mural panel illustrating the five important stages of making malt whiskey, for William Grant & Sons, at the Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown.

Design, construct, paint and install a large Celtic Cross for the entrance of St John’s Church, Cupar, Fife.

Design and paint five mural panels showing the important stages of the making of malt whiskey for William Grant & Sons in the Robbie Dhu Centre, Glenfiddich Distillery.

Design teamwork in New York with Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates and Ove Arup on the Buchan Street Competition. Short listed entry.  Came second equal with RMJM.

Light activated murals in city centre bar in Aberdeen for Weddell & Thomson.

Paint dining Room at Torr Hall in a Renaissance style

1998  Large trompe L’oeil mural for private clients at Shotley Hall, Northumberland.

1998  From now on we receive continuous commissions from private clients throughout UK and the States for gesso panels, some to our own design and some inspired by Margaret Macdonald’s panels

Enter Glasgow Millennium Tower Competition in partnership with Hugh Martin, Ove Arup and others.

2003   Start doing my own paintings again.

Investigate 3D illusions and paint a series of stereoscopic paintings

2004 Complete our enlarged versions of Margaret Macdonald Opera of the Wind and Opera of the sea

2005   Drawings and watercolours while backpacking around North India.

2005  Exhibition of new paintings at Studio17, The Hidden Lane. 1103 Argyle St

Completed a large Tibetan Tanka painting of Chenrizi for the Shrine Room of Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre. This is done as part of a team of artists at Samye Ling Monastery

Appointed Glasgow Charles Rennie Mackintosh Tour Guides, and continue until 2015 with tours for the Mackintosh Society, Travel Edition and the Arts & Crafts Tours of America.

2006   Decorative murals for Balbir’s new Indian Restaurant

Design and paint the dome of the North Rotunda for the Rotunda Casino Club

2007   Garden work for various private homes

2007  Large painting of Hafod in Wales, from a small Turner watercolour

Restore old farmhouse in Wales

Design and make stained glass window as a memorial for a relative

2007 Commissioned to make almost life size version of The Seven Princesses by Margaret Macdonald. Went to Vienna to study the original which is undoubtedly not only her largest gesso panel but is without doubt her masterpiece

2009   Continue with commissions from private clients

Drawings and watercolours while backpacking in Central India

2009  Exhibition of Indian paintings & drawings in studio in Pollokshields

2011   Drawings and watercolours while backpacking in North India & Nepal

Exhibition of work from the trip, and a number of these paintings and drawings used to illustrate the poetry book Four Journeys, published to coincide with the exhibition. Venue was Studio 18, The Hidden Lane

Indian themed opening with flute and sitar music and curries.

2011   Publication of the poetry pamphlet Glasgow Moments

2012   Publication of poetry pamphlet, After Life with cover showing detail of our version of The Seven Princesses by Margaret Macdonald

Drawings and watercolours while backpacking in Morocco, some of them used to illustrate book of poetry entitled Seven Weeks in Morocco

2013   Small gesso panel for friends to celebrate their wedding anniversary

Commissioned to make as close a copy as possible of The White Rose and the Red Rose by Margaret Macdonald, which is above the fireplace in the studio annex of the White Drawing Room in the Mackintosh’s home

2014   Publication of Dowsing in Circles, illustrated with drawings and photographs

2015   Continue with private commission for gesso panels

Commissioned to create another version of The Seven Princesses by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh

2016-17 Drawings and watercolours while backpacking in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam

2017   Publication of From Pollokshields to Angkor Wat

Re-start blacklight painting

Complete a series of small egg tempera paintings on gesso panels and The Triptych paintings

2018   Final public commission at the Willow Tea Rooms, Sauchiehall Street our version of Oh ye, all ye that walk in Willow Wood by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, which is the centre piece of the Salon de Luxe

Take part in group exhibition at the Old Hairdressers Gallery, Renfield Lane

Complete the Red & White Series of four paintings and The Pair Paintings

2019   Watercolour paintings while backpacking in Sri Lanka

Large Three-Month painting entitled   It is what it is.

Painting on short trip to the Algarve, Portugal

2019 Complete large painting of The Second Fire at Glasgow School of Art

Exhibited this painting at Queens Cross Church by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1899)

Publication of More Glasgow Moments, with front cover of the GSA second fire on the cover

2020   Paint the Lockdown series of five canvases

Continue working on Blacklight paintings


Tibetan Thanka #2 – This was the painting Jenny was working on when she died. She said she only had the face to do.