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 Sheffield is the adopted home of contemporary painter and printmaker 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.

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 ship internationally but please contact me if you are not in the UK so that I can send you a shipping estimate. 

Also available for private tuition, workshops and 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


   2022                            'Meet the Locals', Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield (Jan)

   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,

                                       Dumfries, Scotland

   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