France-Lise McGurn

The Last of the Tonic Wine

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Year 2020
Medium Marker, pencil and watercolour on polypropylene paper
Dimensions 22.9 x 30.2 cm
Top pick Aimee Dawson, The Art Newspaper

About the work

This drawing/painting is about the very end of a party – the dregs. The marker pen stains the paper even though I clean it, it hangs around and the watercolour sits right on the surface; it is superficial. I like these two together.

About the artist:

Born 1983 Glasgow, France-Lise McGurn lives and works in Glasgow. Graduated from BA Fine Art Painting, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee (2005); MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London (2012); and MA Exchange, Hunter College of Art, New York (2012).

The atmospheric practice of McGurn transports the viewer from the public realm of a museum or gallery and into the most personal quarters of the artist’s life: her studio, her bedroom, her mind and musings. McGurn’s figurative practice delivers a wholly immersive experience, launching the viewer into a three-dimensional world of the intimate and relatable.

The figures that occupy McGurn’s world belong to her imagination. These archetypal women and men, often portrayed in a state of undress, whether in groups, in pairs or alone, recline in both ecstasy and agony. At times, they appear bare and exposed huddled in tense tableaux, seemingly withdrawn in defence. Elsewhere, McGurn’s characters are languid, bathed in air of euphoria.

Her works are held public and private collections including Stiftung Kunsthaus-Sammlung Pasquart, Biel; David Roberts Collection, London; Tate, London; Zabludowicz Collection, London; and Hill Art Foundation, New York.

Selected solo exhibitions include Percussia, Simon Lee Gallery, London (2020); In Emotia, Tramway, Glasgow (2020); Bodytronic, Kunsthaus Pasquart, Biel (2020); Art Now: France-Lise McGurn, Sleepless, Tate Britain, London (2019); 0141, Frutta Gallery, Glasgow (2018); Solo, Recent Activity Gallery, Birmingham (2017); Archaos, Alison Jacques Gallery, London (2017); Mondo Throb, Bosse and Baum, London (2016); and 3am, Satellites Programme, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2015). Selected group exhibitions include Mira Dancy, France-Lise McGurn & Clare Woods, Simon Lee Gallery, New York (2020); Group Drawing Show, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2019); A Weakness For Raisins, CCA, Glasgow (2018); Foundation Painting Show, Glasgow International, British Heart Foundation, Glasgow (2018); Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired By Her Writings, Tate, St. Ives and touring (2018); Wall-Sun-Sun, Une Une Une, Perpignan, France (2017); (X)A Fantasy, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2017); and Le Nouveau Voyeurisme, Hotel Contemporary, Milan (2017).

Awards include John Kinross Scholarship, Royal Scottish Academy, Florence (2005); Jeremy Cubitt Prize (2010); and John Milne Purvis Prize (2005).

← Paul McDevitt

Notes to Self: 29 March 2020

Jeff McMillan →

Untitled (Sanpietrino-Rome)

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