Elizabeth Magill, Headland
Ulster Museum, Belfast
11 May – 23 September 2018
Elizabeth Magill is one of her generation’s leading painters. Headland will present a body of new work and will introduce her developing practice to a new and established audience. Headland is a touring exhibition, with shows taking place to date at Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA); Wilkinson Gallery, London and the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), Dublin.
“A kind of concentrated ambiguity regarding the natural world …. characterizes Magill’s paintings. Throughout her career, Magill has been drawn to the language of painting using nature and landscape. She draws from them a gorgeous and engrossing multiplicity of visual and sensory description” – Declan Long.
Magill’s work is redolent of her sense of place – the Glens of Antrim – which has preoccupied and informed her relationship with her native landscape and her visual response to it. Her approach to painting is always experimental, allowing for previous techniques to give way to newer ones to form an unfolding process.
Magill explains that “although my work refers to landscape it is more like an exterior view, an attempt to create a setting or space to place things, a kind of deposit of thoughts and observations within the framework of a personal and painting practice”.
As the late John Berger wrote in his last publication Landscape, ‘Sometimes a landscape seems less a setting for the life of its inhabitants than a curtain behind which their struggles, achievements and accidents take place, landmarks are no longer only geographical but also biographical and personal’.