Alice McMurrough PAI RGI RSW

Alice McMurrough PAI RGI RSW

My art re-interprets memories and cultural and mythological themes to engage with contemporary concerns.  

I intertwine events, personal, cultural, real and imagined: my work is informed by family legends, religious fables and cultural myths. I create a reality where patterns and connections are made with apparently diverse subjects. I aim for a childlike clarity in observing experiences, before reality and maturity strips life of its daily magic.      

My work revels in the absence of an authoritative reading. I invite the viewer to engage with the paintings and derive their own interpretation.

TRAINING1973-1977 Glasgow School of Art- Diploma Art1977-1978 Awarded Post Graduate Studies - Commended 1978-1979 St Andrews College of Education-Dip Ed

WORK EXPERIENCE 1979 Teaching Art and Design1980 Illustrated teenage, social education publication - Harper Collins 1986-2007 Job-share post Art and Design In 1990’s held post Acting Principal Teacher, SQA marker and moderator. 2001 Teacher placement Auld Kirk Museum Kirkintilloch 2002-2004 Cultural Coordinator in East Dunbartonshire. 2005 Curated ‘Making Connections’ Exhibition, Auld Kirk Museum Kirkintilloch. 2007 Left teaching to paint full time Organize group painting holidays in Scotland,Italy, Spain,France AWARDS 2015 Edinburgh Art Shop Award, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh 2014 Bessie Scott Award, Paisley Art Institute 2013 Elected RSW 2013 Dalrymple Award, Maclaurin Annual Fine Art Exhibition 2013 Elected RGI 2013 Elected PAI 2012 Anne Stevenson Memorial Award East Dunbartonshire Council 2012 Joe Hargan Award Paisley Art Institute2011 James Torrance Award,RGI 2010 Glasgow Art Club Fellowship 2008 Art Hire Award, Paisley Art Institute 2007 East Dunbartonshire Council Purchase Prize 2002 D.Muirhead Purchase Prize RSA 1978 D.Sommerville Award GSA SELECTION OF EXHIBITIONS 2016 ‘Spring Exhibition’ Tolquhon Gallery, Ellon 2016 ‘A Space of One’s Own’, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow 2015 ‘Allusion’ RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow 2014 Festival Show, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 2014 ‘Scottish Exhibition’ Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon 2013 Scottish Exhibition, Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon 2013 Winter Exhibition, Smithy Gallery, Blanefield 2012 Stockholm AAF,Sweden - Tig Gallery 2012 Six Degrees of Separation' Smithy Gallery,Blanefield 2011 Solo Exhibition - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh2011 Two Person Exhibition - Auld Kirk Museum, East Dunbartonshire 2011 'Through the Looking Glass' - 2011 Group Show - Contemporary Fine Art Gallery,Eton2010 Glasgow Art Fair - Mansfield Park Gallery 2010 Solo Exhibition - Mansfield Park Gallery 2010 Art London - Open Eye Gallery 2010 6 Artists - Scotland 2010 Art London Fair - Open Eye Gallery 2009 'Cabinet Pieces' - Fraser Gallery, St Andrews 2009 Group Show - Lemon Street Gallery, Truro 2009 Edinburgh Art Fair - Mansfield Park Gallery 2009 101 Exhibition - Maclaurin Galleries, Ayr 2009 Glasgow Art Fair - Mansfield Park Gallery 2009 Two Person exhibition - Kelly Gallery, Glasgow 2009 Solo Show - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh 2007 ‘Seven’- Kelly Gallery,Glasgow 2004 ‘Five’- Kelly Gallery, Glasgow 2002 ‘Seven’- Kelly Gallery,Glasgow 1999 Vallico in Arte Exhibition, Tuscany 1996 Two Person Exhibition Aldessan Gallery, Clachan of Campsie 1985 ‘Ten Glasgow Artists’ Glasgow Art Centre 1979 3 Person Exhibition-Collins Gallery, Strathclyde University.

Diplomate of the Paisley Art Institute and Artist Member of the Glasgow Art Club. Associate Artist Member of Hospitalfield Alumni Association.

Regular exhibitor in RGI,RSA,RSW,PAI and the Glasgow Art Club Work in private collections in Scotland, England, Italy, Spain and USA

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