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Sheffield is the adopted home of artist Alex McArthur and where she has established her art practice in drawing, painting and printmaking. Skies, trees and water have inspired her for as long as she can remember.
Key influences in her childhood ensured that the twists and turns of life have kept her on a creative path.
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The wide open spaces of Donegal and the drama of the Irish North Coast were her playground and where she made her first drawings trying to copy the example of an uncle who was a water colourist. After a creative 10 years in Art and Design education and educational publishing, she still hankered to focus on her own creativity rather than that of others. So since completing a Masters in Fine Art Alex now maintains a practice in painting and printmaking.
Her paintings and prints are where memories and imagination merge in wide open spaces and the natural world. Strong contrasts are present in her work; stillness and movement, space and restriction, colour and monochrome, form and abstraction.
Alex has exhibited her work at home and abroad and early in 2020 had her first solo show.
I am also available for private tuition, workshops and I am happy to discuss commissions.
2004-2006 Newcastle University, Master of Fine Art.
2001-2004 Sheffield Hallam University, BA (Hons) Fine Art
Back Roads’ Dumfries Library
2020 'Avenue of Dreams'
Ropewalk, Gallery One, Barton upon Humber, 11 january - 15 March
2021 'In the Open', Ryedale Folk Museum, Saturday 18 September to Sunday 14 November
2021 Cooper Prize exhibition finalist (March - June)
2020 'All Shall Pass', Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield (Oct/Nov)
2020 'Journeys', Bassetlaw Museum, Retford, (May - Oct)
2020 Old Lock Up Gallery,Open, Derbyshire,
2020 Derby Print Open
2019 North Lincolnshire Print Open, The Ropewalk
2019 Derby Print Open
2018 'Off the Press', Art House, Sheffield
2018 Derby Print Open, AWARD WINNER, (June)
2017 ‘Off The Press’, The Art House, Sheffield (Oct)
2017 ‘Inprint’, Ropewalk Gallery, Hull (Sept-Oct)
2017 Portland Works, Sheffield (Sept)
2017 HarleyOpen, Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire (June-Aug)
2017 Bakewell Town Hall, Sheffield Printmakers
2016 ‘Off the Press’, The Art House. Sheffield (Oct)
2016 Bakewell Town Hall, Sheffield Printmakers (ongoing)
2015 ‘Off the Shelf’, Workstation, Sheffield (Oct)
2015 ‘Inprint’, Studio 11, Hull School of Art and Design
2015 Ferens Open Exhibition, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
2014 ‘Love’, Cooper Gallery, Barnsley (Feb)
2009 'Place, Identity and Memory', Gracefield Arts Centre,
2008 Japanese/European Exhibition, Osaka, Japan (Nov)
Seams of Gold, Showcase Gallery, Barnsley (May)
‘ 2007 'Images of the Divine', Orleans House gallery, Richmond (Oct/Nov)
2006 ‘Here and Now’, Persistence Works, Sheffield (March)
2006-08 'Sitting Room’
USA, (March), K Gallery, Rhythmix Cultural Works, Alameda, California
Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, (Feb)
Broekhuis Boekhandel, Enschede, The Netherlands, (Jan)
Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge (Oct)
UWE, Bristol, (Aug – Sept)
Winchester Gallery, Winchester (July)
The Permanent Gallery, Brighton, (Jan – Feb)
‘Sitting Room’ Alsager Arts Centre MMU, (Dec)
2006 'Art The Musical’, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud (Dec)
‘ 'Off the Shelf’ Saltburn Artists Projects, North East (Nov/Dec)
‘Departures’, The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle (Sept)
The Atkinson Gallery, Somerset, MA & Other Postgraduates Art
Half-Time Oranges, The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle (Sept)
2005 The Long Gallery, Newcastle, solo exhibition (March)
2004 ‘One Square Foot’, Mile End Park, London, group exhibition (Sept)
The Gascoigne Painting Prize 2004 (Aug) WINNER