Janet Kenyon is a multi-award winning watercolour artist who as gained an enviable reputation for her innovative use of watercolour and is now recognised as one of the UK’s leading watercolour artists.

Over the course of her career, Janet has received an impressive number of accolades, including winner of the Sunday Times/Smith & Williamson Cityscape Prize twice, first in 2009 for her painting titled: Northern lights, Blackpool and in 2016 for her painting titled: Gridlock (Manhattan) The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is the largest and most prestigious showcase of contemporary watercolour painting in the UK.

Born and brought up in Bolton, Lancashire in 1959. In 1975 she studied for two years at Bolton College of Art & Design. In 1977 she moved away from Bolton to study at Leeds Polytechnic and later gained a B.A. Hons. in Graphic Design. It was here she began to experiment in watercolour and ever since as continued to push the boundaries of this very difficult medium.

For Janet it’s the capturing of natural & artificial light, in her paintings, and the way it interacts with the landscape, alongside the unexpected perspective and sense of space, that ignites her imagination.

Janet’s highly individual and distinctive landscapes have been exhibited in many leading galleries including the Mall Galleries, London, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh and The Lowry Gallery, Salford and can also be found in private collections in the UK and abroad.



1995 1st prize winner – Greater Manchester Arts Award
1997 1st prize winner – Northern Region Laing Watercolour competition, Manchester
2000 1st prize winner – Laing Watercolour Landscape competition Critics prize, London
2009 1st prize winner – Smith & Williamson, Cityscape Prize in the RWS/Sunday Times Watercolour competition
2009 1st prize winner – Kent Valley Award in the Lake Artists Society Competition
2009, 2012 & 2013 prize winner in the Cumbrian Open Competition
2010 2nd prize winner – St Cuthbert’s Mill Award in the Royal Watercolour Society Open Competition
2010 1st prize winner – Cumbria Life, Lake Artists Society prize
2011 1st prize winner – Cumbrian Open Competition
2011 1st prize winner – RWS Bankside Gallery/Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Purchase prize
2014 1st prize winner – Cumbrian Open Competition
2016 winner of the Sunday Times/Smith & Williamson Cityscape Prize


Exhibitions/Gallery Representation

Carnes Fine Art, Mawdsley, Lancashire

The Old Courthouse Gallery, Ambleside, Lake District

Vermilion Gallery: Knutsford, Cheshire

Burlington Paintings 
Burlington, London


Solo Exhibitions

1980 – Salford City Art Gallery, Manchester
1985 – Bury Art Gallery & Museum
1996 – The Lowry Art Gallery, Manchester
2008 – Upfront Gallery, Penrith
2009 – Heron Theatre, Cumbria
2010 – Octagon Theatre, Bolton
2014 – Upfront Gallery, Penrith

Selected Group Exhibitions:

1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, & 2006, The Laing Watercolour Landscape competition, London,
2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2017, 2019 & 2020 The Royal Institute of Watercolours competition, London.
2005, 2006, 2011 & 2017 The Society of Women Artists, competition, London.
2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 & 2006 The Sunday Times Singer & Friedlander competition, London
2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 The Royal Watercolour Society/Sunday Times competition, London
2016 & 2017 The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, London
2009 & 2010 The Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize competition, London
2009 The Royal Scottish Academy Open competition, Edinburgh
2010, 2011, 2014, 2016 The Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary competition, London
2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020 Lake Artists Society Open
2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 Cumbrian Open, Upfront Gallery, Penrith
2011 New English Art Club Open Exhibition, London
2017 – 2018 & 2020-2021 New Light Prize Exhibition



  • Bolton City Council, Rock Hall, Bolton
  • Salford City Council
  • Smith & Williamson
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer