Born in Bristol and raised on Dartmoor, Hannah Murgatroyd works between painting and drawing on a large and small scale. After studying at the Royal College of Art and the Royal Drawing School, she moved to Germany in 2009, and turned to painting. On returning to the UK in 2014, she won the Exeter Contemporary Open, and was included in ‘Women Can’t Paint’ at Turps & ASC Galleries in 2017. She had a solo presentation at Draw Art Fair in 2019 with Von Goetz and will be in ‘The Female / Femme Gaze’ at Lychee One in 2020, curated by Marcelle Joseph. A mentor on the Turps Correspondence Course, she established the Painters Network South West in 2019.
Hannah Murgatroyd’s paintings and drawings can be seen as an island space of the imagination, as permeable slippages of past, present, future held in one image. Embracing the relationship between fiction, artifice and an idea of the real, conversely, the physicality of the human body and the emotional resonance of gesture are ever-present currents. Her approach is circular, the works forming an open narrative by association, told in landscapes and interiors inhabited by protagonists who spring from the history of art and culture as much as through a life lived.
When I am drawing I am thinking about painting, scribing a mark in order to inhabit the art of the past, my own history and this present life. I often paint on clear primed canvas because the surface touch is close to paper, and the retention and loss of drawing as a painting takes hold is a continual preoccupation. The open nature of drawing, how line enquires, expands and sways under a seeking hand and eye is essential to my realisation of the world, both real and imagined.
‘The Female / Femme Gaze’, Lychee One, London (upcoming)
‘Paintings on, and with, Paper’, Cob Gallery, London
‘Draw Art Fair’, Saatchi Gallery,
‘Bucolica’ solo presentation with Von Goetz, London, UK
‘Spike Island Open 2019’, Spike Island, Bristol, UK
‘The Wellington Club Art Collection: Season One’, London,
‘Residency Showcase’ as part of Von Goetz Frieze Week Residency, London, UK
‘Clay Rendering’, Century Club, London, UK
‘The Story of Zebedee’, Post Institute / Von Goetz, Brixton, UK
‘Our Souls to Keep’, Field Projects, NY, USA
‘Spike Island Open 2018’, Spike Island, Bristol, UK
‘Women Can’t Paint’, Turps Gallery, London, UK
‘Night Follows Night’, Gallery 98, Ramsgate, UK
‘Turps Cloud’, Turps Gallery, London, UK