Figure 7, oil on panel 35x45cms 2016.
Eleanor McCaughey is Irish artist living and working in Dublin, In 2011 she graduated with an honours degree in Fine Art from DIT. Eleanor has exhibited both nationally and internationally including the National Portrait Gallery London, the Royal Ulster Academy Belfast, the Royal Dublin Society and the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. She was awarded the Conor Prize for a figurative work from the the Royal Ulster Academy in 2014 and the KM Evans Painting Prize, from the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2015.
Eleanor McCaughey’s recent work engages with painting as an amalgamation of still life, sculpture and portraiture. It explores contemporary representations of portraiture, referencing the tradition of still life. The unrefined busts that appear in her paintings are manifestations of portraits sourced from found photography. Each bust measures less than twelve centimeters and are made from crude materials such as: children’s polymer clay, tape, glitter, discount shop oil paints, toilet rolls and tinfoil. A traditional sculptor would continue to form a more polished model but Eleanor chooses to take the process forward using oil on board. While the busts are more experimental in their construction, the painted interpretations fight any painterly techniques using a more conventional approach, thus creating a dialogue between traditions of still life, sculpture and portraiture.