Gillian Carnegie mostly works in series, often based on the same subject but varying her approach. Overlook XXIII is part of a series of paintings that depict a row of tall, half-timbered houses. A sense of familiarity and the potential this provides for varying her approach are of interest to Carnegie. In this work, she uses a limited palette of pale yellow on a grey ground, created by using a wire brush to discolour the underlying white surface. The buildings are painted in a schematic way, almost like an architectural diagram, creating a quiet image with none of the gestural marks or thick layers of oil paint that are found in other works by Carnegie. She operates works within the traditional genres of painting - still life, landscape, the figure and portraiture - yet her conceptual approach and highly accomplished technique challenge our preconceptions of each. Her exploratory method, relying on a range of tactile paint marks, imposes a quiet rigour on her mainly partial views, whether of a tree branch, a drawn curtain or a naked bum.
A graduate of Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art, Gillian Carnegie was born in 1971 in Suffolk. Nominated for the 2005 Turner Prize, her appropriation of what appear to be traditional flower and landscape paintings has prompted much comment. Carnegie has had major solo shows at London's Cabinet Gallery (2002 and 2005) and the Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York (2000, 2003 and 2007). In 2007, her work featured in 'Painting in Tongues' at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and 'Interested Painting' at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
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