Elizabeth Magill

09 Jun - 10 Jul 2006


Elizabeth Magill is one of the most inventive artists of her generation. Since the late 1990's she has used landscape as an arbitrary devise to investigate the world around her but doesn't regard her paintings as landscape as such. Rather they represent a general view of the world in all its morbid glamour and beat up beauty that is unbounded by the specifics of geography or the traditions of landscape painting.
Magill utilises various media including photography and collage to interplay with paint and draws on a vast array of source material from the romantic sublime to contemporary kitsch to create mysterious and provocative paintings that hover between dream and reality.
Her first major solo exhibition was at the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, in 1990. In the same year she was included in the seminal 'British Art Show', which first introduced many of the most prominent younger artists to a wider public. She has had one-person exhibitions at various venues in Ireland, Britain, Germany, France and Spain, including Southampton City Art Gallery in 1998; the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery Dublin in 2003 and the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Baltic, Gateshead and Milton Keynes Gallery in 2004. Selected group exhibitions include 'Places in Mind', (with Adam Chodzko and Stan Douglas), Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast 2000, and 'Premio Michetti 2000' at Fondazione Michetti, Italy. Magill is represented in many public and private collections worldwide including those of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin the Arts Council of England, Southampton City Art Gallery, the British Council and the National Gallery of Australia.

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© Elizabeth Magill
Arborescence 2006
oil on canvas
133 x 168 cm

Tags: Adam Chodzko, Stan Douglas, Elizabeth Magill