Glasgow based contemporary artist Lily Macrae’s work explores the compositional chaos and power struggles portrayed in the work of old masters such as Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and Eugene Delacroix. Here in her interest lies in their ability to deliver a timeless portrayal of humanity. Lily reinterprets the iconic scenes to learn from the human architecture, playing with the traditional intentions of this imagery, ultimately suspending her work somewhere in between past and present.
“Re-imagining these stories to highlight their power, beauty, and often absurdity, I am exploring the role they play within a contemporary narrative and the ability they have to deliver a timeless portrayal of humanity. I re-interpret these iconic scenes to learn from the human architecture, playing with the traditional intentions of the imagery. I want to honour each works ancestry whilst questioning our ineluctable relationship with the past. Drawn to the fleeting nature of painterly gesture, I am using the process of painting itself as being an act of both excavation and construction. Each painting is an attempt to capture an image within the spontaneous gesture, to encapsulate this feeling of touch and fleeting movement. I want to produce works that feel timeless, as if caught in a movement of a moment“.
Lily graduated from ECA in 2016 with an impressive sell out Degree Show. We opened our first show ‘State Of Change‘ with Lily in 2018 (another sell out). In 2019 she was awarded the Hope Scott Trust fund and The Great Britain Sasakawa Emerging Artist Grant. The latter award enabled her to complete a month-long residency with 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo, Japan. In February of 2020 we opened a second solo show with Lily. She has exhibited across the UK and Tokyo and has work held in both private and public collections.
In 2019, we enjoyed collaborating with Lily on a large scale internal mural project at the Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow. You can find out more details on this work here.
The majority of Lily’s work has been sold. Please Contact the Gallery if you would like discuss a commission.