Eleanor Carlingford’s work grapples with the questions – how do you know who you are, how do you get the hang of life and how to act and react, what is your identity? Is being Irish or Scottish, Catholic or Protestant, male or female, short or tall, good at maths, fond of ska or world music, vegetarian/grumpy/extroverted/patient/disabled. Is any or all of this the defining thing? Eleanor doesn’t think so. She believes that for the most part people become a version of what they have learned that they are.
“I believe that true identity emerges gradually. It takes dedication to hear that inner voice”.
Year on year, Eleanor’s reputation as one of Scotland’s key expressive artists breaking through the ranks continues to grow. 2018 saw her star in the BBC’s Apprentice. This success was swiftly followed up by her near sell out solo show ‘Interface‘ in which Eleanor dealt with the idea of reflections – of ones own personal reflection and the psychology that exists behind.
‘Paladin On The Ramparts‘ opened in August 2019. Then during the Covid 19 pandemic ‘Boil A Magic Potion‘ was born mid 2020. This body of work was different from earlier paintings. No longer did we have 2 forms interacting, as many of Eleanor’s works feature. Her figures stood alone, isolated, moving the viewer within the context of the painting. Allowing a time to reflect upon what the ‘isolation’ of living in lockdown has meant to us all. In March 2021 we opened her show – ‘Inaccessible From Sea’ open.
Eleanor graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 2005, after having a successful career as a writer and journalist. For more insight into Eleanor’s working life as an artist, check out our blog In the Studio with Eleanor Carlingford here.