Lot - 19 - Megan Menzies - Back Stroke
Lot - 19 - Megan Menzies - Back Stroke

Lot - 19 - Megan Menzies - Back Stroke

Oil on primed paper

2024

A6 (10x15cm)

Original Artwork

Signed on Verso

This auction is raising proceeds for The Hepatitis C Trust

Curated by Art City Works

ARTIST INFO

About 

Megan Menzies (b. 1995, Essex, UK) is a London based artist. She received an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art in 2022 and a BA in Art History from the University of Bristol in 2016. Her work has been exhibited in the UK and internationally. In 2021 she received a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation and in 2022 she was awarded the Now Introducing Prize from Studio West Gallery, London.  

 

Education 

2022 

MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London 

2016 

BA Art History, University of Bristol 

 

Solo Shows 

2024  

Glimpse, LKIF Gallery, Seoul, South Korea  

2022 

TINTO, La Causa Gallery, Madrid  

  

Group Shows 

2023 

NOW, online showcase, Huxley Parlour, London, UK 

A Matter of Perspective, Liliya Gallery, London, UK 

The Mosaic of Blossom, The Artiststellar, London, UK 

Look Mum No Hands, Be Advisors, London, UK 

2022 

Now Introducing, Studio West Gallery, London, UK 

Summer Show, Eve Leibe Gallery, London, UK 

Home, The Regency Town House, Brighton and Hove, UK 

What is Becoming Us, Rupture Xibit, London, UK 

Degree Show, Royal College of Art, London, UK 

  

Awards 

2022 

Now Introducing Prize from Studio West Gallery 

2021 

Elizabeth Greenshields Grant Recipient  

 

Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork 

 

"In my paintings I depict uncanny moments and situations that have a developed sense of atmosphere and feeling. A head on the horizon. A tear in an ear. A hard shoulder in the rain. My process involves drawing, painting and writing to explore memory, personal experience and storytelling. I often focus on ordinary moments that have a heavy, melancholic quality, where time thickens and small details are valued and intensified.  

Before I start painting, a period of drawing is crucial to my process. I use charcoal. Because the medium is so malleable it has the ability to keep up with thought, connections and imagination. It allows me to quickly fill my studio with images so that I can visualise lots of ideas at once. Then narratives can be drawn from them and connections made between them. This process feeds the paintings.  

In my paintings I often return to the motif of the blushing cheek to explore ideas of heightened sensitivity, emotional vulnerability and embarrassment. I’m interested in the psychology of the blush and its relationship with the practice of painting itself – both painting and blushing being complicated indications of feeling. While one is voluntary and the other not, I see both painting and blushing as strange and muddled forms of expression and think of each painting as a sort of blush.  

The spaces I depict in my work often have an unreal, dreamlike, illusionistic or cinematic quality. Exploring the translucent qualities of oil paint, layering techniques, superimposition and glazing is integral to my process and in particular the representation of storytelling, recollection and blushing. I’m interested in the act of looking and the different layers we bring to the experience of looking – memory, feeling, identity. By experimenting with form and technique, I strive to get closer to the emotional core of the dreamlike moments at the heart of my paintings. "

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