Eleanor Carlingford is a painter who graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 2005, after having a successful career as a writer and journalist. Her works constantly grapple 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? Carlingford 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, Carlingford’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 Carlingford dealt with the idea of reflections – of ones own personal reflection and the psychology that exists behind. Think visually compelling figurative works that featured her trademark use of colour, texture and form..
We opened ‘Paladin On The Ramparts’ in August 2019 and now we are following up a year later with her 2020 show, ‘Boil A Magic Potion’. This latest body of work is different. No longer do we see 2 forms interacting, as many of Eleanor’s works feature. Her figures stand alone, isolated, moving the viewer within the context of the painting. Allowing a time to reflect upon what ‘isolation’ has meant to us all. And what it continues to reveal.