Jean Bacon is Emeritus Professor of Distributed Systems in the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge. She was the first woman to be appointed as a Lecturer there in 1985. She is also an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College Cambridge and a Director of Studies in Computer Science.
Her other talents include her artwork. She has held several exhibitions at The Art Centre at King's College Cambridge. In 2016 she was asked to present a painting to the Xu Zhimo Festival of Art and Poetry. She works in watercolour and often in still life or abstract fashions. The subjects of her paintings include plants and architecture.
Art In Response To Nature
Throughout her professional career Jean always made time to paint. She is a keen plants woman, both as a gardener and a naturalist. Her first exhibitions at King’s had plants as their main theme. After buying a house in Blythburgh, Suffolk, the reed beds in the area became the basis for her next painting project. Like most artists who start from drawing and representation she developed a thread of abstraction. This can be seen in the “stripes” based on the colours and forms of Suffolk estuaries and reed beds. The collection also includes pieces depicting King’s College Cambridge. Jean paints images of the angels from the Chapel and the old willow tree which used to grow by King’s Bridge.