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>>>>>Anne Magill

Born in Northern Ireland, Anne Magill moved to London when she won a place to study at St. Martins School of Art. She subsequently became an award-winning illustrator, working for magazine and publishing houses and design and ad agencies. She is a past winner of the Benson & Hedges Illustration Awards.

Her first solo exhibition was in 1992 and since then she has regularly exhibited in London galleries as well as showing in Europe, USA and Ireland.

Magill describes her work as simply trying to capture a feeling of those fleeting moments in life. “There is always narrative in my paintings and I’m always trying to convey this through the use of light, colour and texture. The work is nearly always figurative. I’m caught up in trying to convey those moments where something epic has just happened, or is about to happen but just hint at it – a sort of ‘less is more’ approach.”

“Magritte said he was a man who thought and who communicated his thoughts by means of painting. Anne Magill is a witness, who bears testimony to a series of infinitely still and silent human scenes by means of her painting. The great power of her work is her Hopper–like genius to compel us to weave a story, conjured from our own repertoire about these scenes. Though we do not know the men or women we feel we recognize them, as they stand gazing at an event we cannot see or walking, face hidden under a hat, towards a destination of which we are unaware. The paintings are filled less with ambiguity than with mystery; are the young couple breaking up or making up? Are the older couple leaving or approaching the landscape? Is there an element of escape or resignation in the square set of their shoulders? They strike a Yeatsian note reminding us ‘That a pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love.’

Standing entranced before one of her paintings we become convinced that we will understand, eventually, the human truth which inspired the image. The world fades away and we are taken out of our time by the mysterious and iconic power of the figure, his or her humanity caught by the artist.” – Josephine Hart

“She is a master of portraying loaded emotions and silent tensions and this gives the paintings their power and eloquence.” – Lucy Alexander, The Times

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