An Exhibition by Alison Pilkington
Alison Pilkingtons’ new show at the Dock is a presentation of new paintings, drawings. The show’s title is a reference to the creative process and specifically to her own studio practice.
The idea of artistic freedom and creativity as a journey is alluded to during which a narrative unfolds through single motif. Her motifs are often simple half-formed shapes which are open to metaphorical and anthropomorphic interpretation. The shapes take on a character and are eventually given an environment. There is humour and a certain raw exposure alluded to in these situations. There are also references to the pioneers of the Wild West, to being placed outside one’s comfort zone into a vulnerable place.
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.
Photography by Paul McCarthy