Joan Doerr’s bold, expressive abstract paintings are predominately inspired by different aspects of the Edinburgh landscape, including the Botanic Garden and the decay of the weathered sandstone buildings of the city’s New and Old Towns.
She works intuitively and instinctively, often applying and removing layers of paint and drawing until she is satisfied with the depth and atmosphere of the work. Sometimes the work is almost melancholic and haunted, but more often is vigorous and celebratory.
She has been painting seriously for just over ten years, has exhibited widely across Scotland, and more recently has shown in London (Royal Academy and Discerning Eye), and in Bath and Suffolk.


Forthcoming Exhibitions

July-Aug 2017 - Solo Show, House for An Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow
Jun 2018 - Solo Show, the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh


Selected Exhibitions

2017
Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, Piccadilly, London 13Jun-20Aug
Cause and Effect, Tatha Gallery, Newport-on-Tay, Fife

2016
Visual Arts Scotland FLY2016, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
On a Small Scale, The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Annual Exhibition, The Mitchell Library (House for an Art Lover Award)
The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, The Mall Galleries, London
Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London
Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, Piccadilly, London
New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London
Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London
Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh
35 Years of the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh

2015
The Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh
On a Small Scale, the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
gallerytwentythree, Pop-Up Exhibition by London based Form_art Architects Ltd, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London
Solo show, the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Macmillan Art Show, Bonhams(Auctioneers), Edinburgh
gallerytwentythree, Pop-Up Exhibition by London based Form_art Architects Ltd, Aldeburgh, Suffolk
Solo Show, And Collective Art Gallery, Bridge of Allan *Go to 'Links' to see the online catalogue for this exhibition*
Mixed Summer Exhibition, Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen
Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition, Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Paisley
Mark Making for Macmillan, Union Square, Aberdeen
The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour 4th Open Annual Summer Exhibition, The MacLaurin Galleries, Ayr
Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh
RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London

2014
Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh
The Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh
The Christmas Exhibition, the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
On a Small Scale, the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Meffan Winter Exhibition, The Meffan Gallery, Forfar, Angus
Christmas Show, Quercus Gallery, Bath
ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London
Group Show, La Galerie 1940, Edinburgh
Macmillan Art Show, Bonhams(Auctioneers), Edinburgh
Fabric of the Land, Union Square, Aberdeen
Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, Piccadilly, London
Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition, Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Paisley
The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour 3rd Open Annual Summer Exhibition, The Meffan Institute, Forfar
Aberdeen Artists' Society Annual Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery
RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London
Out of the Blue, Quercus Gallery, Bath

2013
On a Small Scale, the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
The Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh
Macmillan Art Show, Bonhams(Auctioneers), Edinburgh
ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London
The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Annual Exhibition
Assembling, Quercus Gallery, Bath
Fabric of the Land (Art and Science Exhibition), Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
Fabric of the Land (Art and Science Exhibition), School of Geosciences, University of Aberdeen
Shortlisted for Cork Street Open Exhibition, Cork Street Gallery, London
The Society of Women Artists 152nd Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London
The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh
Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh

2012
The Black and White Room, the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
On a Small Scale, the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
The Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh
Summer Show, the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Paisley Art Institute 124th Annual Exhibition, Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Paisley
Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh
The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh

2011
On a Small Scale, the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
The Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh
The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts 150th Annual Exhibition
Quartet, the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Aberdeen Artists' Society Annual Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery
Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh

2010
The Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh
The Winter Show, Compass Gallery, Glasgow
On a Small Scale, the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Abstract Matters, the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh