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Elizabeth Magill

Described by critic Isobel Haribson as “epic, enigmatic and evocative”, Elizabeth Magill’s highly idiosyncratic paintings present subjective and psychological takes on the landscape genre. Rich with kaleidoscopic patterning and fragmented forms, these vistas are embedded in place – usually rural settings on the edges of settlements – but transported through the artist’s imagination, memories, photographs or moods to be presented as something other: lush, visionary recollections of hills, lakes, hedges and skies glowing with ambient light. The term ‘inscape’ has been used to describe Magill’s practice: landscapes not based on direct observation, but imbued with a sense of interiority and reflection. Though they have a cinematic beauty, her paintings can also be eerie or unsettling: trees or telephone wires conceal the view; birds are silhouetted in the dark; rare human figures feel distant, phantasmal; colours feel subdued, or occasionally toxic. Magill’s complex and densely layered paintings are produced using various techniques, at times incorporating stencilling, screenprinting and collage, as well as the pouring, blending, dripping, splashing and scraping away of paint. Film and photography are also central to her research, shaping the way the artist looks at landscape, and infusing her approach to light, tone and atmosphere.

 

Born in Canada, Magill grew up in Northern Ireland and now lives and works in London.

Selected Works

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Elizabeth Magill 
Variation (2), 2021
oil and mixed media on canvas
128 x 148 cm / 50.4 x 58.3 in   

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red stars, 2021 EM40921

Elizabeth Magill 
Red Stars, 2021
oil and screenprint on canvas
183 x 153 cm / 72 x 60.2 in   

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Elizabeth Magill 
Variation (1), 2021
oil and mixed media on canvas
128 x 148 cm / 50.4 x 58.3 in  

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Elizabeth Magill  
Radial, 2021
oil on canvas
30 x 40 cm / 11.8 x 15.7 in   

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EM41021

Elizabeth Magill 
Lough, 2021
oil and mixed media on canvas
128 x 148 cm / 50.4 x 58.3 in   

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Elizabeth Magill 
Flush, 2021
oil on canvas
35.5 x 45.5 cm / 14 x 17.9 in   

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EM26716

Elizabeth Magill 
Return, 2016
oil and collage on canvas
152.5 x 183 cm / 60 x 72 in  

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EM26512

Elizabeth Magill 
Dendriform 10, 2012
oil on canvas
214 x 277 cm / 84.3 x 109.1 in   

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Elizabeth Magill 
Night Sky Maker, 2019
diptych, oil and screenprint on canvas
145 × 110 cm each panel

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Elizabeth Magill 
Grayscale (2), 2005
oil on canvas
137 x 168 cm / 53.9 x 66.1 in  
Collection of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane 

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Elizabeth Magill  
Chronicle of Orange, 2007
oil on canvas
153 x 183 cm / 60 x 72 in
Collection of Ulster Museum, Belfast

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Elizabeth Magill 
Forest Edge 2, 2000
mixed media on canvas
122 x 153 cm / 48 x 60.2 in
Collection of Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

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Elizabeth Magill  
Overhead (2), 2000
oil on canvas
183 x 213 cm / 72 x 83.9 in   
Collection of National Gallery of Australia

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Elizabeth Magill 
Scenic Route No 1, 1997
oil on canvas
61 x 61 cm / 24 x 24 in   

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EM4199

Elizabeth Magill 
Verge Near Flyover, 1999
oil on canvas
167 x 198 cm / 65.7 x 78 in   
Collection of TATE, London

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Elizabeth Magill 
Variation (2), 2021
oil and mixed media on canvas
128 x 148 cm / 50.4 x 58.3 in   

red stars, 2021 EM40921

Elizabeth Magill 
Red Stars, 2021
oil and screenprint on canvas
183 x 153 cm / 72 x 60.2 in   

Elizabeth Magill 
Variation (1), 2021
oil and mixed media on canvas
128 x 148 cm / 50.4 x 58.3 in  

Elizabeth Magill  
Radial, 2021
oil on canvas
30 x 40 cm / 11.8 x 15.7 in   

EM41021

Elizabeth Magill 
Lough, 2021
oil and mixed media on canvas
128 x 148 cm / 50.4 x 58.3 in   

Elizabeth Magill 
Flush, 2021
oil on canvas
35.5 x 45.5 cm / 14 x 17.9 in   

EM26716

Elizabeth Magill 
Return, 2016
oil and collage on canvas
152.5 x 183 cm / 60 x 72 in  

EM26512

Elizabeth Magill 
Dendriform 10, 2012
oil on canvas
214 x 277 cm / 84.3 x 109.1 in   

Elizabeth Magill 
Night Sky Maker, 2019
diptych, oil and screenprint on canvas
145 × 110 cm each panel

Elizabeth Magill 
Grayscale (2), 2005
oil on canvas
137 x 168 cm / 53.9 x 66.1 in  
Collection of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane 

Elizabeth Magill  
Chronicle of Orange, 2007
oil on canvas
153 x 183 cm / 60 x 72 in
Collection of Ulster Museum, Belfast

Elizabeth Magill 
Forest Edge 2, 2000
mixed media on canvas
122 x 153 cm / 48 x 60.2 in
Collection of Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Elizabeth Magill  
Overhead (2), 2000
oil on canvas
183 x 213 cm / 72 x 83.9 in   
Collection of National Gallery of Australia

Elizabeth Magill 
Scenic Route No 1, 1997
oil on canvas
61 x 61 cm / 24 x 24 in   

EM4199

Elizabeth Magill 
Verge Near Flyover, 1999
oil on canvas
167 x 198 cm / 65.7 x 78 in   
Collection of TATE, London

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Royal Hibernian Gallery, Dublin, 2018

Elizabeth Magill has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Arnolfini, Bristol; Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool; PEER, London; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Milton Keynes Gallery; BALTIC, Gateshead; Towner Gallery, Eastbourne; Southampton City Art Gallery and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Recent solo exhibitions include Kerlin Gallery (2021); Pent House, Margate (2020); New Art Gallery, Walsall; 12 Star Gallery, London (both 2019); Ulster Museum, Belfast; Matt’s Gallery, London; the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (all 2018) and Limerick City Gallery of Art (2017). Her work can be found in the collections of the Tate, London; the British Museum; the National Gallery of Australia; the Irish Museum of Modern Art; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; the Ulster Museum; the Crawford, Cork; the Government Art Collection, London; the Arts Council of Great Britain and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Exhibitions

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Elizabeth Magill
Headland, 2018 -2019
The New Art Gallery  Walsall, UK

 

Elizabeth Magill
Headland, 2018
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland

Elizabeth Magill
Headland, 2017
Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland

 

Elizabeth Magill
Green Light Wanes, 2011
Towner Gallery & Museum, Eastbourne, UK

Elizabeth Magill
Arborescence, 2006
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Elizabeth Magill
Recent Paintings, 2004
BALTIC, Gateshead, UK

Elizabeth Magill
Headland, 2018 -2019
The New Art Gallery  Walsall, UK

 

Elizabeth Magill
Headland, 2018
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland

Elizabeth Magill
Headland, 2017
Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland

 

Elizabeth Magill
Green Light Wanes, 2011
Towner Gallery & Museum, Eastbourne, UK

Elizabeth Magill
Arborescence, 2006
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Elizabeth Magill
Recent Paintings, 2004
BALTIC, Gateshead, UK