France-Lise McGurn

France-Lise McGurn’s vibrant figurative paintings and drawings grow out of her personal archive of collected imagery found in film, art, advertising and television. She often works directly onto walls and floors as her sensual imagery spills out of the confines of the canvas. 

Her work depicts the contours of sensuous and layered figures, which relate to one another but don’t ascribe to a particular narrative and instead are representative of a transient moment. Despite her use of a soft colour palette, there is often a sexual tension between the figures that is not explicitly prescribed.

McGurn explores, by use of a diverse range of materials and historical contexts, a broad spectrum of interests and ideas, including the representation of women in the media, identity construction, the ephemera of social communion, juvenile delinquency and the creation of hierarchies within art.

France-Lise McGurn (b. 1983) graduated with a BA from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, in 2005 and with an MA from the Royal College of Art, London in 2012. Selected exhibitions were held at: Frutta Gallery, Rome (2018); Bosse and Baum, London (2016); Werble Gallery, New York (2016). In 2016 she was invited to take part of Tate St Ives Artists’ Programme and in 2018 she was commissioned a mural work for the museum’s exhibition on Virginia Woolf.