Pilkington describes her art practice as exploring the idea of the psychological self and how this might be manifested through painting. In her recent body of work she attempts to play with how familiar yet comic images have the potential to disturb or disorientate or perhaps be uncanny. She focuses on how imagery interacts with the intrinsic qualities of paint, how the paint material moves and how it can be played with. The paintings are carefully planned through several stages of drawing. The quality of paint handling, although seemingly casual, is a result of repeated attempts at getting something 'right'.
Alison Pilkington was born in Sligo – she is based in Dublin and is currently a studio and board member at Temple Bar Studios and Gallery Dublin. She completed a practice led PhD in painting at National College Art and Design Dublin awarded in 2015.
In 2012 she was awarded a British Institution Award for painting at the Royal Academy Summer Show London, She has been selected for the Marmite Painting Prize, London 2012 and 2016. She was shortlisted for the Kurt Beers 100 Painters of Tomorrow publication (2013). She was 3rd prizewinner at the Artslant International Jurors Award in Dec 2013.
Recent exhibitions include: Will We Remember Volcanoes at Westminster Art Library London, Strangelands at Collyer Bristow Gallery London, Contemporary British Painting, touring exhibition to 4 Museums in China. Sept 2017 to January 2018
Forthcoming shows in Ireland: Ashford Gallery RHA 2018, The Dock, Leitrim 2018.
Image by Tomas Tumalovicius, Studio Artist Alison Pilkington in Studio 23 at TBG+S.