Bio

 

Ally McGinn stumbled upon the artworld in 2014 and went on to graduate from Bath Spa University (2018) with a MA in Fine Art and a passion for philosophy. She spends her time asking questions in her studio on the Somerset Levels. 

 

A conceptually representational painter and writer, her work explores the narrative describing perceptions of art and the conditions of painting. Combining found objects, manipulated semiotics and painterly language to create paintings that aim to question our perceptions of the things we are looking at and the ways we are looking at them. 

 

Her work has been exhibited around the UK since 2016 and internationally in 2021. She has won several awards and residencies, including ‘The Bath Open Art Prize’ (2019) and has had two solo shows (2019/2020). 

 

Recent questions consider support and confinement, rhythm and place, and the self that echoes within, and without, painting.

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Artists Statement
 

Ally McGinn is a conceptually representational painter working within a narrative that questions perceptions of art and the conditions of painting. Combining found objects, manipulated semiotics and painterly language to create artworks that aim to question our perceptions of the things we are looking at and the ways we are looking at them. 

 

Experimenting with the subject of painting through a reconstruction of its materials. 

Questioning the value within painting through a reconsideration of its character. 

Exploring the materiality of painting to manipulate its qualities. 

Considering painting as physical, perceptual, and peripheral activity.

Filtering the perception of objects through object-based painting. 

 

It is a practice that explores painting as both object and subject. Approaching a connection with painting that goes beyond its use as medium, commodity, and object. 

 

Recent explorations are centered around considerations of support and confinement, rhythm and place, and the self that echoes within, and without, painting. 

 

Ally has recently completed an MA at Bath Spa University and when not experimenting in her studio is preparing for a PhD in a field in Somerset.

Selected CV                                

 

Education

2017/18 - MA (Hons) Fine Art, Bath Spa School of Art and Design.

2014/2017 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Bath Spa School of Art and Design.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2020 - The House That Painting Built, 44AD, Bath.

2019 - Paint(In)g, Roper Gallery, Bath.

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 - Que des Femmes, 6th Biennial of Non-Objective Art, Pont de Claix, France

2021 - Inch by IN:CH, around the South West, UK

2021 - This is not a shop, Bath  

2021 - Border Crossings, Pineapple Black, Middlesborough

2021 - Yellow Archangel, General Practice, Manchester

2020 - a-z, 44AD, Bath

2020 - 2020, Centrespace, Bristol

2019 - If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail, Brighton

2019 - Town Hall Open, Trowbridge

2019 - AIR Open, AIR Gallery, Altrincham

2019 - Bath Open Art Prize, 44AD, Bath

2019 - Various Exhibitions, Fringe Arts Bath

2019 - MA Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street

2019 - Blue Monday, 44AD, Bath

2018 - Line and Point, Centrespace, Bristol

2018 - Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street

2018 - Various Exhibitions, Fringe Arts Bath

2017 - Stock, The OXO Tower, London

2017 - No Working Title, London

2017 - Unseen Tides, Bath 

2016 – Sluice, Centrespace, Bristol

 

Awards and residencies

2019 - Bath Open Art Prize - 44AD prize winner. 

2018/2019 - Bath Artists Studios graduate residency, Bath.

2018 - Walcot Chapel residency, Bath. 

2016/17 - The Gainsborough Spa, commission winner.

2017 - Ede and Ravenscroft Award.

2016 – ‘Unseen Tides’ residency, Cornwall. 

2016 - Porthleven Prize, Cornwall.