Josie Deighton paints and draws people as if they are transparent, weaving and darting around. Her works capture particular states of mind, how it feels, rather than how it looks.

            Born in London in 1991 she attended Sussex Coast College Art Foundation. Subsequently the BA Fine Art at Birmingham City University. Her degree show, 18 figures across a 26ft painting, earned her the Pip Seymour painting prize. During her degree she received an Erasmus grant to study in Romania, where she undertook rigorous tutelage in life drawing and painting. In 2014 she was awarded scholarship to the ‘Drawing Year’ at the Royal Drawing School. Whilst there she focused on anatomical and observational drawing, which gave her the confidence to draw with greater freedom and imagination.

                She is a freelance art and life drawing tutor for London Drawing and Drawing at Work.


July 14-31 2021, ‘I Dreamt I Woke Up,’ Central Space Gallery, 23-29 Faroe Road, London W14 0EL, online here

 April 2021 - continues, ‘One Year of Creativity,’ London drawing, online here

Nov 2020 - continues, ‘Response - At a Distance’ , Riverside Artists Group, online here

July 2016 - continues, America Square Conference Centre, One Crosswall, America Square, London, EC3N 2LB


2021  Royal Over-Seas House,  London, UK
‘Art Car Boot Fair,’ online
‘Unfinished Business,’ London, UK, website

2020 ‘Riverside@Riverside,’ Riverside Studios, London UK ,
‘The Art of Isolation,’ Unit 38,  London,  UK
‘The Art Car Boot Fair,’ online

2019 ‘Diving Line,’ Acava central Space Gallery, 23 -29 Faroe Road, London, UK
‘Salon de Refusés,’ Camden Image Gallery, 174, Royal College Street, London, UK

2018 ‘Sounds of an Unquiet Mind’, Queen Mary University,
London, UK; ‘Hart club Fundraiser Auction’, Hart Club, London, UK;
‘Riverside Artist Group,’ Acava Central Space, London, UK;
Studio Show, Greatorex Studios, London UK

2017 ‘Recent Works,’ Teatro La Grada, Madrid, Spain;
Open Studio, Greatorex Studios, London, UK

2016 Riverside Artist Group, America Square conference centre, UK;
Recent Works, Teatro Del Grada, Madrid, Spain

2015 Best of the Drawing Year, Christe’s, London, UK; Drawing Year 2014/2015,
The Royal Drawing School, London, UK;
Open Studio, Tea Building, London, UK;
El Camino, Hortensia Gallery, London, UK;

2014 Riverside Artist Group, Hortensia Gallery, London, UK;

2013 BA Fine Art Degree Show, BIAD, Birmingham,
UK; Imago, BIAD, Birmingham, UK;

2012 The Artists Playground, Antwerp Mansion, Manchester, UK;
Queer [S T A T E], The Vaults, Birmingham, UK;
Live Drawing, BIAD, Birmingham, UK;
Midnight Portrait, Minerva Gallery, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
Midnight Portrait, Tolouse Café, Cluj- Napoca, Romania;
Midnight Portrait, Cafeuana L’Atelier, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
Life Drawing, BIAD, Birmingham, UK; Favori, BIAD, UK

2015 Postgraduate Diploma, The Royal Drawing School, London
2013 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design
2012 Erasmus Scholarship, Universitatea Arta si Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2010 Foundation Diploma Fine Art Foundation, Sussex Coast College

Freelance Life Drawing tutor, privately and for several companies;
Royal Over-Seas League, Drawing at Work, London Drawing.

Tavolozza Foundation, The Artists at Work; HRH The prince of Wales; Abrahams Design

2015 Catherine Yarrow grant; 2013 Pip Seymour Painting Prize; 2012 Erasmus grant

Sajid Rizvi, ‘’Diversity is Alive and Well in London RAG Artists’ Show,’ Art Criticism Today, 11.04.2017
Jeeti Singh, “The Drawing Year at Egon Schiele, The Radical Nude,’’ The Royal Drawing School blog, 2.1.2015; Hannah Furness, “The picture that made Prince Charles turn coy,” The Telegraph, 18.11.2014;
The Daily Mail, “Portraits of a Prince…” 20.11.2014Ferencz Zsolt, “{translated from Hungarian} Five Artists, Five Countries, One Vision: Portraits at Minerva Gallery”, Szabadsag, XXIV, 25.04.2012, page2