MacArthur, Eileen

  • Home:
    Guelph, Ontario
  • Title:
    Aidan
  • Media:
    Oil on board / huile sur panneau
  • Dimensions:
    28 x 23 cm

This portrait is one of an ongoing series that explores the use of the head-shot in contemporary portraiture. This type of portrait is typically taken from the shoulders up and ranges in use from mug shots to graduation photos. More recently, this image format is associated with facebook and other social networking sites. Beyond mere representation, the head shot is carefully selected and often edited to display the subject in a very specific manner. The resulting image reflects the individual’s personality via their pose, accessories and style of dress. My intent with these paintings is not to reproduce these crafted and often false self portraits. By using the familiar compositional format of the 8 X 10 portrait photograph, the subject is presented with authority but without any preparation or alteration. The portrait of Aidan painted in 2008 is oil on board and the dimensions are approximately 23 X 28 cm.
 
EDUCATION:

2005

MFA, The University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario


2003

BFA, The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia


EXHIBITIONS: (*indicates solo exhibitions)

2009 2009

Biennial-Some Kind of Wonderful. Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Ontario


2008

Transactions: 11 Canadian Artists, Chongqing Art Museum (Sichuan Fine Arts Institute), Chongqing, China


2008

Go Figurative. Whitestone Gallery, Guelph, Ontario


2006

Unfabulous. The Temporary City Gallery (AGOG), Guelph, Ontario


2005

Eileen MacArthur/Sarah Cale. Propeller Centre for the Arts, Toronto, Ontario


2005

Pieces Missing. MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario


2004

Melanie Authier/ Martin Golland/ Eileen MacArthur. Zavitz Gallery, Guelph, Ontario


2004

Compilation 2. Durham Art Gallery, Durham, Ontario


2004

Switch. Centre for the Arts, University at Buffalo, New York


2004

Compilation. Zavitz Gallery, Guelph, Ontario


2003

Six From Halifax. Ciparis-Lennox Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


2003

Paintings.* Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia


2002

Prints II. Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia


2001

The 24 Hour Drawing Marathon. Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia


2001

Prints I. Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia


1999

One of. Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia


1997 1996

Truck Gallery, Calgary, Alberta


AWARDS:

2005

University of Guelph Travel Grant


2005

University of Guelph Access Bursary


2003

Board of Graduate Studies Research Scholarship


2003

University of Guelph Scholarship


2002

Endowment Fund Scholarship


2002

Margo and Roland Marshall Award for Printmaking


2002

Simon Chang and Phyllis Levine Foundation Scholarship


2001

Centennial Scholarship


PUBLICATIONS:

2008

Bin, Feng, Transactions, exhibition catalogue (upcoming), Chongqing Art Museum


2005

Artist talk, Pieces Missing, MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario


2005

Ware, Aidan, The Fabulous Unfabulous, exhibition catalogue, Temporary City Gallery, Ontario


2004

Carousel Magazine, edition #15 (Spring 2004)


2003

Carousel Magazine, edition #14 (Winter 2003)

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