b. 1959, Canada.
Magill grew up in Northern Ireland but lives and works in London. She began exhibiting in the mid-1980s. She is a painter of prodigious versatility and inventiveness whose work has always drawn from a wide range of visual sources. While she has often integrated photographic materials and processes into her painting, in a number of novel ways, her primary fidelity has been to the medium of painting, in all its bewildering variety. Recently she has moved gradually away from her idiosyncratic revisioning of the tradition of the romantic sublime and entered a more personal zone creating a series of strange and compelling ‘mindscapes’. Her first major solo exhibition was at the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, in 1990. In the same year she was included in the seminal British Art Show, which first introduced many of the most prominent younger British artists to a wider public.
Magill’s recent touring exhibition Headland began at Wilkinson Gallery, London and Limerick City Gallery of Art in 2017 before travelling to Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, the Ulster Museum, Belfast and The New Art Gallery, Walsall (2019). Current and recent exhibitions include Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, The Aerodrome: An exhibition dedicated to the memory of Michael Stanely, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK; last day of May, with Stephen McKenna & Merlin James, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland; In Two Parts, 1 2 Star Gallery, Europe House, London, UK. Solo shows include Headland, New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK; In Two Parts, 1 2 Star Gallery, Europe House, London, UK (Both 2019); Headland, Ulster Museum, Dublin, Ireland; Still (dark), Matt’s Gallery, London, UK; Headland, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland (All 2018); Headland, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland; Headland, Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK (Both 2017); Quasi-Real & Branch-Like, Wilkinson Gallery, London, UK (2013); Green Light Wanes, Towner Gallery & Museum, Eastbourne, UK (2011);Green Light Wanes, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin. Ireland, (2010); Venice, Marlborough Graphics, Marlborough Fine Art, London, UK (2009); Chronicle of Orange, Wilkinson, London, UK, (2008); Arborescence, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2006); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, travelling to Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes; BALTIC, Gateshead; Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, all UK, (All2005); Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin, Ireland; Ghislaine Hussenot Gallery, Paris, France and New Works, Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, NYC, USA (All 2003). Magill is represented in many public and private collections worldwide including those of the Irish Museum of Modern Art; the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin; the Arts Council of England; the Arts Council of Northern Ireland; Ulster Museum, Belfast; Southampton City Art Gallery; the British Council and the National Gallery of Australia. She was awarded The Royal Academy Sunny Dupree Award in 2011.