BIOGRAPHY

PATSY McARTHUR - BIOGRAPHY


(b. 1976, Glasgow, Scotland)
Patsy McArthur is a Scottish artist who explores the grace and power of
movement through her naturalistic drawings and paintings.
She studied painting in Aberdeen in the northeast of Scotland at Gray's
School of Art, where, on graduation, she was awarded the presitigious Royal
Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholarship to live and work in Florence. In
2001, she gained a Masters in European Fine Art from the Winchester School
of Art Barcelona programme in Spain.
She has lived and worked in Australia, Spain, Berlin and New York and has
been based in Brighton, UK since 2013. Her work has been exhibited
extensively internationally and throughout the UK.


Education


2000 – 2001 Winchester School of Art, Barcelona, Spain MA
European Fine Art
1994 – 1998 Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen – BA(Hons) Fine Art


Exhibitions


· 2020
(Upcoming) The Castlegate Prize - Castlegate
House Gallery, Cumbria, UK
(Upcoming) Pool Party Exhibition, Sarah
Wiseman Gallery, Oxford
Greyscale Exhibition,
Thompsons Gallery, London
Rhythm and Movement – Solo Show, Turner Barnes
Gallery, Essex
· 2019
Gallery Artists Mixed Exhibition, Decorazon Gallery,
Terminal Warehouse, New York
Summer, Autumn and Winter Exhibitions, Cameron
Contemporary, Hove
· 2018
Solo Show, Momentum, Le Salon Vert, Geneva
Reveal Art Fair, Saratoga Springs, New York
represented by Decorazon Gallery
London Art Fair, represented by Decorazon Gallery

· 2017

Art Palm Springs, represented by Decorazon Gallery
Stillness in Motion – Patsy McArthur and Susan
Leyland, Osborne Studio Gallery, London
London Art Fair, represented by Decorazon Gallery
(USA)
AAF New York, Stockholm and London, represented
by Decorazon Gallery (USA)

· 2016

Patsy McArthur and Rebecca McGlinn, Sarah
Wiseman Gallery, Oxford
Asia Contemporary, Hong Kong, represented by
Decorazon Gallery (USA)
AAF New York, London, Stockholm represented by
Decorazon Gallery (USA)

2015

Otherworld,  Solo Exhibition of New Work, The
Coningsby Gallery, Fitzrovia, London

2014

Patsy McArthur and Ian Hodgson, Naked Eye
Gallery, Hove
Chelsea Art Fair, represented by Cameron
Contemporary, Hove
Works on Paper Fair, London Science Museum,
represented by Lilford Gallery, Canterbury

2013

SWAB International Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain
represented by Pantocrator Gallery,
Barcelona, Spain

2011

Women's Lines, Pantocrator Gallery, Shanghai,
China
Figuratively Speaking, Blackheath Gallery, London

SWAB International Art Fair represented by
Pantocrator Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
Paisley Art Institution Annual Exhibition, Paisley
Museum, Scotland
Visual Arts Scotland Selected Exhibition, Royal
Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland

2010

Patsy McArthur and Dylan Lisle, Union Gallery,
Edinburgh, Scotland
Solo Exhibition of New Work, Flying Colours Gallery,
Chelsea, London

2009

International Residency Program Exhibition, NY
Studio Gallery, Lower East Side, Manhattan,
New York
El Mur, International Public Art Projection, Lleida,
Spain
The Figure: Figurative Group Exhibition, Blackheath
Gallery, London
New Faces Revisited, Leith Gallery, Edinburgh,
Scotland

2008

British Art Fair 20-21, Islington, London represented
by Flying Colours Gallery, London
Art London, Chelsea, London represented by
Flying Colours Gallery, London
Liquid Light: Underwater Aesthetics, Sesame
Gallery, Islington, London – Patsy McArthur,
Sarah Harvey, Oliver Wilson and Kim Yeon

Scholarships & Awards
2020 Finalist The Castlegate Prize
2011

Residency at Pantocrator Gallery, Shanghai, China

2010

Residency at NY Studio Gallery, Manhattan, New
York City

2002

The Paisley Art Institute Award
1st Prize Bank of Scotland Open Art
Competition, Arbroath
Visitors Award, North Ayrshire Open Art
Competition

1998

Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholarship
Travel Scholarship – to spend time living and
working in Florence, Italy
Grampian Hospitals Purchase Prize

Work in Collections


The Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Walter Scott Collection, Edinburgh, Scotland
The Malcolm Group, Scotland
The Elphinstone Group, Glasgow, Scotland
The Scarlet Hotel, Cornwall, England
Private Collections in UK, France, Holland, Germany, Hong Kong,
Australia, Italy, Spain and the US.
Publications
· 2016

The Artist Magazine, Patsy McArthur in interview with
Susie Hodge

· 2011

Life Lines, The Herald Magazine

PATSY MCARTHUR - ARTIST STATEMENT

Through drawing and painting, I have long been interested in making
imagery associated with the figure in motion: leaping, soaring, diving,
falling and the associated emotions that these types of image can trigger
in the viewer.
In much of my drawing work, I am concerned with making images that
convey a sense of power and energy or potential energy, and allude to
movement through phsychological states. Drawing has been at the
forefront of my practice since my student days and continues to play a
crucial role.
With my underwater imagery, I explore similar ideas of suspension and
weightlessness and the curious connection between how the human
figure can appear in both water and air. I'm interested in the "otherness"
which comes from being submerged below the surface and the technical
challenges associated with drawing and painting the figure through
different transparencies of water.
Mostly, however, I remain interested in creating evocative images
associated with the human figure moving through water or air with
energy, strength and freedom or simply relinquishing control to the
space around it.