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Anna McNeil

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University: Bath Spa University
Graduation Year: 2002

New Blood Art Statement

Anna McNeil’s work has a stirring painterly quality that transports us through our endless sense of memory and self. McNeil paints from found photographs. She absolves each photographs contextual origins and creates new narratives. This helps to create an imaginative quality to her pieces. The colour palette and ethereal brush strokes create dynamics evocative of the dreamy reflections in water. This opiate imagery remind us of the elusive quality of memory itself. With hazy watercolour and strong compositions of people and landscape, McNeil’s work successfully absorbs the dream like quality of our memories. The work delves into our innate emotional experience whilst all the while pertaining to unknown undertones.

Artist Statement

I paint what I experience, adopting motifs to act as intermediaries that reflect my internal dialogue. My recent work was inspired by thinking about Memory as a dynamic and creative process, that underpins who we are now and leads to our experience of the contemporary. I am interested in how this is reflected in the process of making my paintings, through the transformation of an image, the editing and embellishing processes of interpretation. The paintings reflect on autobiographical and emotional memory, considering themes of intimacy, unity and isolation in human relationships. Taking as my source imagery anonymous found photographs, I am interested in the alchemical process of how meaning is altered when an image is re-contextualized and translated to paint. The images show representations of people but they are not painted as portraits, rather as metaphors for the memory of a feeling. Through the elimination or distortion of specific representational details I hope to allude to the subject of an image without fully describing it. I want my paintings to display a sense of the personal, without dictating my own narrative; i would like them to act as a space where the viewer can make their own connections and form their own interpretations.

Exhibitions

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2017 Lynn Painter Stainers Prize Finalist exhibition 
2016 BEEP Wales International Painting Prize Finalist exhibition
2014 1st Prize Humet-Saula collection award, Barcelona
2013 Shortlisted at the Royal Watercolour Society Award, Bankside Gallery
2011 II Prize winner at the Internacionale acuarela y tecnicas sobre papel Fundacio Barcelona Olympica, Museo Olympica Barcelona 

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Arusha Gallery. Edinburgh.
2015 'Painting Lab' Salzburg summer Academy. collective. The Mill. Bornholm. Denmark.  

Group Exhibitions

2016 Wales Painting Lab Salzburg summer Academy. 
2016 Painting Lab Salzburg Summer Academy. 

2016 BuyArt Fair Manchester 

2016 AAF London Battersea 

2016 ‘Nexos’ La Contra Barcelona. Two Person exhibition. 

2016 AAF Hampstead, London  

2016 Artisan Manchester

2015 Protege Gallery London

2015 Group show, George Smiths, London 

2014 ‘La Luce de Prometeo’ Galeria Plus Arte Puls, Rome

2013 Humet -Saula Collection award. (Selected) Barcelona

2013 Solo-show at Fisherton Mill Gallery, Salisbury, UK

2012 Solo-show at Galeria Quality Street, Barcelona

2012 Group show, Galeria Ismes, Villanova

2012 Group show, Fisherton Mill Gallery, Salisbury, UK

2012 Group show, Oliveart Gallery, Barcelona. 

2011 Group show, El Changuito, Barcelona

2011 Group show, La Polea Gallery, Barcelona

2011 Solo-show, Galeria Quality Street, Barcelona 

2010 Group-show, Galeria Espai Motel, Barcelona

2010 Group-show, Comune di Nemi, Rome

2010 Scenic Collaborative project

2010 “Maldoror’ Taller Scarigo Puppets, Barcelona

2009 Galeria H20, Barcelona

2009 ‘The colour envelope’ group show, Barcelona

2008 Group show, Galeria Pilar Riberagua Andorra
2008 Group show, Galeria Espai Area 22, Barcelona

 

Original works:

Memento YB

By Anna McNeil

£530

Memento OH

By Anna McNeil

£480

Memento CK

By Anna McNeil

£460

Memento AS

By Anna McNeil

£460

Mago

By Anna McNeil

£780

Bambola

By Anna McNeil

£490

Mar

By Anna McNeil

£270

Tempus Fugit 018

By Anna McNeil

£440

Tempus Fugit m06

By Anna McNeil

£440

Tempus Fugit m12

By Anna McNeil

£440

Tempus Fugit m14

By Anna McNeil

£440

Tempus Fugit 09

By Anna McNeil

£330

Tempus Fugit 003

By Anna McNeil

£330

Flood

By Anna McNeil

£430

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