5 September - 10 October 2020
‘Her Nature’ is an exhibition of small paintings executed during the lockdown by Elizabeth Magill in her studio in rural County Antrim.
“Over the last seven odd years or so, my partner and I have been managing some farmland on the Antrim coast. It’s a beautiful location, and we have planted five thousand indigenous trees as kind of a small nod in relation to where we are ecologically, but as the lockdown kicked in, it was the only place I wanted to be, among nature and the grown woodland, and to see the birds and the sea. So, these particular paintings came out of this time. They were a nod to nature but also a kind of lament to the strange times we were living in. They are also an attempt to suggest a kind of beauty; a beauty of distance and maybe a kind of passing of time, and a lament for that which we can’t really understand. But I’m hoping that with the way I have painted them that there is an ease with the gesture which suggests a healing, or a rest.”
Recent solo exhibitions include: Headland, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, (2017); travelling to Ulster Museum, Belfast, (2018); Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2018) and New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK, (2019); Green Light Wanes, Towner Gallery & Museum, Eastbourne, UK, (2011); Recent Paintings, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, travelling to Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes; BALTIC, Gateshead; Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, (all 2005) and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin (2003). Recent group exhibitions include: The Aerodrome – An exhibition dedicated to the memory of Michael Stanley, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, (2019); Legacies: JMW Turner and Contemporary Art Practice, New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK, (2017); and High Treason: Roger Casement, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Ireland, (2016).
Magill's work is represented in many museum and public collections worldwide including those of TATE, London; The Irish Museum of Modern Art; The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin; The Arts Council of England; The Arts Council of Northern Ireland; Ulster Museum, Belfast; The British Museum, London; Towner Art Gallery & Museum, Eastbourne; Worchester Museum and Art Gallery; Southampton City Art Gallery; The British Council and the National Gallery of Australia.