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Elizabeth Magill was born in 1959 in Ontario, Canada, of Irish descent, she grew up in Northern Ireland and studied at the Belfast College of Art before moving to London to study at the Slade School of Art, in which city she now resides. She began exhibiting in the 1980’s, gaining her first major solo exhibition at the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol in 1990.

She has developed a novel technique for her oil paintings, often starting off with a photographic image on the canvas, which she proceeds to work on, applying and scraping away layers of paint, until she achieves the mood in the painting which she is seeking. The landscapes, often bare, desolate and even forbidding, are less about representing real views as about reflecting her emotional response to the experience of the encounter. Besides her editions of coloured lithographs, she has also at times produced series of monotypes – one notable series reflecting a visit undertaken to work in Venice.

She has held solo exhibitions in galleries in London, Dublin, Paris, Düsseldorf, Madrid, New York and Tokyo, and solo museum exhibitions at the Southampton Art Gallery (1999), the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin (2003), an exhibition organised by the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, touring to theMilton Keynes Art Gallery, Baltic at Gateshead and the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea (2005-06), and the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2011).

 

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Elizabeth Magill was born in 1959 in Ontario, Canada, of Irish descent, she grew up in Northern Ireland and studied at the Belfast College of Art before moving to London to study at the Slade School of Art, in which city she now resides. She began exhibiting in the 1980’s, gaining her first major solo exhibition at the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol in 1990.

She has developed a novel technique for her oil paintings, often starting off with a photographic image on the canvas, which she proceeds to work on, applying and scraping away layers of paint, until she achieves the mood in the painting which she is seeking. The landscapes, often bare, desolate and even forbidding, are less about representing real views as about reflecting her emotional response to the experience of the encounter. Besides her editions of coloured lithographs, she has also at times produced series of monotypes – one notable series reflecting a visit undertaken to work in Venice.

She has held solo exhibitions in galleries in London, Dublin, Paris, Düsseldorf, Madrid, New York and Tokyo, and solo museum exhibitions at the Southampton Art Gallery (1999), the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin (2003), an exhibition organised by the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, touring to theMilton Keynes Art Gallery, Baltic at Gateshead and the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea (2005-06), and the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2011).

 

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