Maggie Royle


I make paintings on paper, canvas and wood which take imagery from art historical and contemporary sources; alongside these I make abstract paintings. My recent paintings ('Los azulejos' series and 'We may not be here tomorrow' series) make reference to Mexican sources, for example, photographs taken in Guadalajara. 'Los azulejos - a tale that can't be told' September 2010: M moves to Mexico. I want to make work which articulates my response, but it seems just out of my grasp. In my understanding of the situation there is a blurring between the real and the imagined; between daytime and nocturnal thoughts and between past, present and future events. The stories in the news are mainly negative ; I become fascinated (attracted/ repulsed) by these places; searching out a version of reality from the virtual safety of Google street view, looking for the surprise of beauty, the strange or the sinister, screened through the veneer of the banal. The use of pattern and decoration become a way of confronting, organising and analysing my concerns while intuition and telepathy play key roles in the choice and treatment of the subject. read full statement

Location Bristol, South West
Artforms / type of project Painting
Tags Mexico, painting, abstract, place, conceptual,

News & Events

  • RWA 163 Annual Open Exhibition

    04/10/2015 – 29/11/2015
    Royal West of England Academy, Queens Road, Bristol

    My painting 'Cerca de Normal de Ayotzinapa' has been selected for the RWA 163 Open Exhibition, Bristol

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  • Love and Death @Walcot Chapel, Fringe Art Bath

    22/05/2015 – 07/06/2015
    Walcot Chapel, Bath

    Group show - painting, sculpture, performance, events

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  • Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize

    16/02/2015 – 21/02/2015
    The Mall Galleries, London, SW1

    My painting 'Iguala' has been selected for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London, 16-21 February

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  • Discerning Eye

    13/11/2014 – 23/11/2014
    Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London, SW1

    I am pleased to say that artist Emma Stibbon has invited me to show some small paintings in this exhibition.

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  • Wells Art Contemporary

    10/10/2014 – 26/10/2014

    I am showing a painting in this group show; selectors Anita Taylor, Donald Smith and Richard Wentworth CBE

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  • RWA Bristol, 162 Annual Open Exhibition 2014

    12/10/2014 – 07/12/2014
    Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

    Two of my recent paintings have been selected for this exhibition; 'Dulces vasos (viernes)' and 'San felipe (sรกbado)'

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  • 'Los azulejos - a tale that can't be told'

    23/07/2014 – 02/08/2014
    Exeter Phoenix

    Painting exhibition

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