Lot 20 - Elaine Woo MacGregor - Dance of the Butterfly (after The Great Gatsby)
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.
'Dance of the Butterfly (after The Great Gatsby)' (2022)
Acrylic on Paper
This painting is created from a combination of my imagination and images conjured from the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel. Set in the Jazz Age on Long Island, near New York City,
the novel depicts first-person narrator Nick Carraway's interactions with mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and Gatsby's obsession to reunite with his former lover, Daisy Buchanan.
In this painting, I have focussed on Pammy Buchanan (the daughter of Tom and Daisy Buchanan) playing in her parent’s grand living room. She is enveloped by the billowing curtains from the tall windows. The house takes on a metamorphic presence. Pammy has an air of innocence, unaware of her parents’ careless infidelities.
Courtesy of The Cynthia Corbett Gallery
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