Elaine Woo MacGregor

Website: http://www.elainewoomacgregor.com

Email: elainewoomacgregor@gmail.com

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Landscape in Green and Blue Ink on paper 70 x 49cm

Mme. C and her Tiger Acrylic on board 30 x 24cm

Orange Chair Acrylic on board 30 x 24cm

Ramona in a Witch Hat Oil on board 40 x 30cm

Soderberg Blues Acrylic and charcoal on canvas 60 x 50cm

Table of Things and Ramones Poster Acrylic on Canvas 68 x 150cm


My latest work is a series of figurative and narrative paintings. With portraits, I am drawn to capturing expressions with a quality of psychological intimacy. My subjects are people in my personal life, affording me the opportunity to observe, interpret and mediate their natural demeanour. I am drawn to looking at physical spaces and props to create a Painters world.

The process of drawing and painting is very important to me. I like to spend time connecting with the subject, making studies, constructing and deconstructing an image, and experimenting with different end results. My approach to painting is not linear; most of the time it is quite abstract and I feel as a result of this rigorous - and at times - volatile working method, my painting is emotively charged.

I have always been attracted to the thought-provoking qualities of narrative work by painters like Georges Braque, Edouard Vuillard, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Tove Jansson and Samuel Palmer. My work also references contemporary culture, arts and crafts movements and children's literature.

My experiences in motherhood has influenced my sketchbook work and subject matter. However, I am not interested in creating sentimental art, but capturing a force and dynamism within a world of childhood.


Elaine was born in Edinburgh and studied at Glasgow School of Art. She now lives in Linlithgow, West Lothian, and works in Glasgow and Edinburgh.


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