Over the past two decades, Alison McWhirter has consolidated her position as arguably the most gifted artist among the younger generation of New Scottish Colourists, producing works of irresistible allure. She enjoys significant and well-deserved renown at home and abroad for her highly original still life paintings; her range of diverse landscape motifs; her bold, compelling abstracts; and, most recently, her ground-breaking series of reclining nudes. Paintings in all these categories are exuberant in their colouring, technically innovative, and compositionally daring. In them there is a palpable tension between depiction and abstraction; between what is observed and what is imagined; what is seen and what is felt. In 2021, emphasising that her paintings are concerned with “pure feeling”, she wrote that she was “striving to get at the beauty in the things that surround us, to that which elevates us beyond reason”. Her deceptively modest compositions - in inverse proportion to the profundity of their message - express an array of personal emotions while simultaneously exploring universal human truths.
Over the years, Alison has attracted a large and devoted following of private collectors and gained the respect and admiration of fellow artists and art critics alike.
MA VISUAL CULTURE 2000
BA HONOURS FINE ART PAINTING 1998
ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2021
ROYAL GLASGOW INSTITUTE ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2016 2018
THE RUSSELL GALLERY LONDON
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
I recently started drawing and painting with my non dominant hand while I was recovering from a spinal injury. This has become a daily practice and these are a few of the results.
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