Aileen Murphy: face not her own her hair

10 December 2021 - 29 January 2022
  • These new paintings Aileen Murphy has made over the last six months function as vessels for the fictional figures she uses to investigate the multiple possibilities of making a painting. Faces appear in some as cartoon-like heads detached and floating on the canvas, their arms reaching out beyond the bounded surface. Legs stretch across the paintings, taking the measure of the picture plane - marking their confinement and stressing their constriction.

     

    These ambiguous figures are both created and trapped by Aileen’s method of fast mark-making and slow layering. The relatively small scale acts as a way of condensing her experiments with colour in which expressive brush stokes, watery stains and ink marks are forced to merge together and commingle with the floating limbs. The effect is one of both confinement and sensuality, offering us a sense of unease and anticipation, aptly reflecting our contemporary moment.

     

  • wet talk, 2021 Flashe, acrylic and ink on canvas 21x30cm

    wet talk, 2021

    Flashe, acrylic and ink on canvas

    21x30cm

  • The pilot, 2021 Acrylic, ink and marker on canvas 21x30cm

    The pilot, 2021

    Acrylic, ink and marker on canvas

    21x30cm

  • Half sister!! 2021 Flashe, acrylic and ink on canvas 21x30cm

    Half sister!! 2021

    Flashe, acrylic and ink on canvas

    21x30cm

     

  • bald and wild, 2021 Flashe, acrylic and ink on canvas, 21x30cm

    bald and wild, 2021

    Flashe, acrylic and ink on canvas,

    21x30cm

  • your her hair, 2021 Flashe, acrylic and ink on canvas, 21x30cm

    your her hair, 2021

    Flashe, acrylic and ink on canvas,

    21x30cm

     

  • O gape!, 2021 Flashe, acrylic, ink and marker on canvas, 21x30cm

    O gape!, 2021

    Flashe, acrylic, ink and marker on canvas,

    21x30cm