Ally McGinn

Curriculum Vitae

Email : info@allymcginn.com
Phone : 07527962716
Instagram : @ally.mcginn                                  


I am a conceptually representational painter and installation artist, working within a narrative that questions perceptions of art and the conditions of painting. My work combines found objects, manipulated semiotics, painterly language and a systematic unpicking of the the modern obsession with consumption and possession.  

I am an object-oriented practitioner, exploring an explorative process that balances aesthetic consideration with conceptual materialist ideology. Works combine observations of art with its raw materials; a natural narrative that hovers between incomplete intention and unintentional expression. An examination of the unintentional a to explore the agency of objects and our perception of them.

Juxtaposing intentional composition with incidental form equalises traditional hierarchies of art and allows new conditions to take form. I present the ‘everyday’ in art, depicting sequences of actions that echo the relationship between painting and performance. These are works that explore painting and are defined as painting; a combination of painting with its periphery.

My work brings the audience into conversation with the functional object in painting, through a formal reconsideration of material and meaning. Re-signifying value through the re-presentation of artefact to examine the things we are looking at and the ways we look at them. Asking the audience to explore boundaries by representing the process of making, and re-presenting that process to the viewer.

For me, the most important element is the challenge to look at things differently; to see the narrative and philosophy in the questioning of ‘Art’. After all: which is more real, the world or the way we frame it?


2017/18 - 1:1 - MA Fine Art, Bath Spa School of Art and Design

2014/2017 - 1:1 - BA Hons Fine Art, Bath Spa School of Art and Design

Selected Exhibitions

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

Upcoming - 2019 - Black Friday, Bath

Upcoming - 2019 - 44AD, exhibition opportunity winner, Bath

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 - Nature Morte, Fringe Arts Bath

2018 - Soft Rebellion, Fringe Arts Bath

2018 - LOL, Fringe Arts Bath

2018 - Biography in Cloth, Fringe Arts Bath

2018 - Pavilion of Painting, Fringe Arts Bath

2018 - This Temporary Matter, Fringe Arts Bath

2017 - Stock, The OXO Tower, London

2017 - Wall space showcase, Bath

2017 - Access all areas, Bath Spa

2017 - No Working Title, London

2017 - Unseen Tides, Bath

2016 – Wall space, Bath

2016 – Sluice, Bristol

2016 – Tantamount A and B, Bath

Professional Experience

2019 (Ongoing) - Founder, organiser and member, Incubation Chamber. Critical group based in Bath.

2018/2019 - Bath Artists Studios Graduate Residency.

2017 - Logistics and organisation, Stock exhibition at the Bargehouse, London.

2017 – Organiser and collaborator, Wallspace Showcase -  Showcase exhibition in Bath.

2016/17 - The Gainsborough Spa, commission winner.

2016/17 – No Working Title, participant in a collaborative project with Bath Spa and Kingston University in partnership with Tate Modern.

2016 – ‘Unseen Tides’ residency, 1 week in Cornwall, followed by an exhibition in Bath 2017.

2016 – Organiser and collaborator - Wall Space, Bath – pop-up shop and open studios, exploring the studio in the public realm.

2016 - Porthleven Prize - 1-week residency in Cornwall.

2015/16 – Installation, curation, marking and organising team – Tantamount A and B exhibition, Bath.

2015 - No Working Title, participant in a collaborative project with Bath Spa and Kingston University in partnership with Tate Modern.

2014 – Marketing team leader – Beginnings Exhibition, Bath Spa.

2005-2012 - working with ‘Open Creative’ and ‘Toozali’, two creative community businesses, to help organise and run workshops for young people in the community.

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