Lot 19 - Elaine Woo MacGregor - Mrs Aldaya
Acrylic on Paper (UV Varnish Applied)
Signed on Verso
Curated by Sandra De Giorgi
Elaine Woo MacGregor is a Scottish-born Chinese artist trained in the Glasgow School of Art. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree with honours, acquired a studio and began working as a full-time artist. MacGregor began to be noticed as a serious and thoughtful painter and her first solo exhibition was 'Portraits' in Glasgow.
Elaine Woo MacGregor's work encapsulates the world seen through the eyes of a cross cultural artist. She uses eclectic mark making and imagery to create atmospheric and theatrical scenes. Although her painted stories are often fictitious, elements of the picture are based on real people, places and things.
1999- 2003 BA (Hons) Fine Art Drawing and Painting Glasgow School of Art
She has exhibited in galleries in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Cambridge and abroad. One of her works - 'Hotel No.4' - is in the public galleries collection, the Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport. MacGregor's work has been shown in the U.K, U.S.A, Australia and Thailand and critically recognised by virtue of the Dewar Arts Award, the James Torrance Memorial Award, the Hope Scott Trust Award and the Cross Trust Fund. In 2022, she was a finalist in the Jackson's Painting Prize, received Art Paisley Prize for outstanding work, and Velvet Easel Award from Paisley Art Institute.
Recent exhibitions include Art Miami, USA, Young Masters, London and The British Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London, U.K. She has been selected for Platform 2023 - London Art Fair in 'Reframing the Muse', exhibition curated by Ruth Millington, showing with The Cynthia Corbett Gallery.
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artworks
These postcard artworks share a physicality of paint and mark making as a human experience however they differ greatly in their contrasting themes of ‘nature sublime’, and feelings of deceit and betrayal of a fictional character.
'Mrs Aldaya' (2022)
Acrylic on Paper
This small painting is a research piece for my series of narrative works based on the book 'The Shadow of the Wind' by Carlos Ruiz Zafròn.
Mrs Aldaya (or Senora Aldaya as addressed in the novel), is the mother of Penelope Aldaya- a teenage girl who falls in love with the mysterious writer, Julian Carax. The scene in my painting is set in late 1910s in Barcelona, depicting Senora Aldaya standing in a stone-grey interior in her mansion with a statuesque presence.
I am interested in the complex roles of women portrayed in literature, using the voice of the author as a stimulus, layering and painting out to determine the final composition in the painting. At the end of this expressive, lyrical and exploratory journey my final work is open to interpretation with some key clues hanging on.
Courtesy of The Cynthia Corbett Gallery
You must not reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any works. In doing so, you endanger our relationships with artists, and directly jeopardise the charitable work we do. Anyone found doing so will be subject to legal action.
PLEASE DO NOT BID ON ARTWORK IN OUR ART ON A POSTCARD AUCTIONS IF YOU INTEND ON SELLING THE ARTWORK AFTER YOU HAVE PURCHASED IT. THIS AUCTION HAS BEEN ORGANISED FOR CHARITY AND ALL ARTWORKS HAVE BEEN GENEROUSLY DONATED BY THE ARTISTS TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE HEPATITIS C TRUST. WHEN THE WORK PRODUCED FOR THE CHARITY IS SOLD ON THE SECONDARY MARKET IT DAMAGES OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ARTIST AND PREVENTS US FROM FUNDRAISING.