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Self Portrait by Elizabeth McDonald


"I am not depicting truth in my paintings, nor am I simply inventing. Instead, I explore an interweaving of reality and fiction similar to what is constructed during the recollection of dreams and distant memories. I paint simultaneously from two angles; the concrete and the intuitive. My paintings have an anecdotal quality but not a singular narrative. They are often based in reality but become skewed towards the uncanny through the use of color, composition, and invented detail. There is a balance between dissonance and beauty; one is left with only precarious assumptions of subject yet one is not driven away by the uneasiness within the painting. Instead of presenting a complete and coherent story I simply attempt to reconcile the viewer to the painting's inexplicability."

Elizabeth McDonald was born and raised in Texas. She earned a BFA at the University of North Texas and an MFA at the Glasgow School of Art. Ms. McDonald has shown work extensively in the US and the UK, and her work has been recognized by many prominent jurying bodies at home and abroad. Staking her claim in 2010 she was a finalist for five prizes: shortlisted for the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize, Liverpool; a finalist for Hunting Art Prize, Houston (again in 2012); also exhibiting at the Salon Art Prize, Matt Roberts Arts, London; earning second place at the Celeste Art Prize in New York; and winning the BP Portrait's Young Artist Award at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Since then she has exhibited widely with solo shows in Cardiff, Wales and Dallas, Texas and her work has been presented in numerous publications including 500 Portraits published by the National Portrait Gallery in London and the The Catlin Guide released at the 2012 London Art Fair. Recently Ms. McDonald was selected by the deputy editor of Art News Magazine, Barbara MacAdam, as one of eight artists for an exhibition at San Antonio's Blue Star Contemporary Art Center. Elizabeth McDonald is currently working on upcoming exhibitions at The Chalet in Glasgow and is also preparing for a solo show at New York City's East Village gallery, Umbrella Arts.