Craig makes paintings and drawings that explore still life, figure and landscape subjects, seeking to investigate the profound qualities that exist in our surroundings.


‘…The eye sees only fronts, and the mind, on the whole, is satisfied with fronts.  But intuition needs all-roundedness, and instinct needs insideness.  The true imagination is forever curving round to the other side, to the back of presented appearance.’  – David Bomberg


Craig approaches his subject matter by careful observation and depiction of form to develop an understanding and personal connection with what he sees.  He then moves from an observational response to an intuitive one seeking to get beyond the ‘presented appearance’, as Bomberg puts it, to the ‘other side’ of the subject.  Craig allows his imagination to speak and inevitably abstract relationships develop within the work resulting in paintings and drawings of an ambiguous form that occupy the space between realism and abstraction.




–   1983 Born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland

–   2002 Leith School of Art, Foundation Course

–   2003-6 Edinburgh College of Art, BA Hons Drawing and Painting

–   2011 Leith School of Art, Drawing Course

–   2015 moved from Edinburgh to Bangor, Northern Ireland

–   2016 elected member of NEAC



Society Memberships


New English Art Club



Scholarships, Awards, Prizes


2003        Winner of the Leith School of Art Painting Prize

2011          Winner of the Leith School of Art Drawing Prize

2012          Winner of the RGI City of Glasgow Art Prize



Recent Exhibitions


May 2014                      Leith School of Art Alumni Exhibition, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh

Jan 2015 & 2016           Stafford Gallery, Exhibition of Scottish Artists, Wimbledon

Feb 2016                       Columbia Threadneedle Prize Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

Mar 2016                       Solo Exhibition of work by Craig Jefferson, The Engine Room Gallery, Belfast

Mar 2016                       Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Dublin

June 2016                      New English Art Club Annual Open Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

Feb 2017                        Solo Exhibition of work by Craig Jefferson, The Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon

Mar 2017                       Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London