YORK artist Jenny Eden is popping down to London to set up her first significant solo show outside her home city.

The contemporary abstract painter and art tutor will be showing new paintings at The Frith Street Pop-up Space from today until until Wednesday. Opening hours will be 10am to 6pm, plus a for the rest of the run.

"The paintings are going to be shown in a property at 23 Frith Street in Soho, which consists of two shop spaces that have been knocked through to make one larger space," says Jenny. "The exhibition has a pop-up nature, due to the use of the property previously and in the future."

Jenny undertook a similar enterprise in tandem with her friend and fellow artist Joy Simpson in April and May in York, where they took over unused office space on the first floor at 11 Little Stonegate to hold an exhibition entitled New Artworks.

Her London debut will showcase her latest collection of innovative work built around her interest in abstraction and present painting concerns. "I've investigated new ideas in painting to produce a body of work that is challenging in content, confident and suggestive," says Jenny, who teaches Fine Art A-level at York College, as well as maintaining her artistic practice at Bar Lane Studios.

"In terms of what I'm doing in my work, these paintings have explored colour, form, pattern and texture combinations to generate surface tension and visual stimulation. I'm experimenting with composition to make paintings that imply the ‘continuation’ of a form past the frame.

"I particularly enjoy working with a heavily mixed palette, where colours are taken beyond their conventional norm. As well as that, the forms within the paintings are often awkward, unusual or placed irregularly or towards one side of the frame to suggest the existence of something larger beyond the canvas."

Jenny is seeking to "do something very contemporary in my work". "I'm responding to some of the current explorations and trends in painting. For me, I feel I can only really be involved in some of the conceptual ideas that interest me, those linked to placement, control and confidence, by using paint as a facilitator," she says.

Jenny's work involves the process of journeying through the image in order to make sense of it. "I'm keen to gain a sense of forms advancing and retreating within a painting to indicate movement," she says. "The visual result of using solid colour –sometimes to conceal work underneath the surface – creates a break or shift between heavy texture and something much less involved. Together, these elements of my work give the viewer a role in thinking about the purpose of a painting."

Jenny, who trained in Fine Art at Birmingham School of Art, is influenced most strongly by her postgraduate studies in Art Psychotherapy. "It generated my awareness of theoretical and psychoanalytical discussion that finds parallels in certain aspects of my work," she says.