Approved: 11.10.2011

Toni McGreachan

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Approved: 11.10.2011

My work focuses on the human form in water and has two main concerns; to observe and record from life the movement of the human body in water and then to use the transforming qualities of paint to create semi abstract images. My paintings range form small scale works to life size and I work mainly in oil paint on canvas. My fascination with the figure in water began over ten years ago when I realised

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Biography

My work focuses on the human form in water and has two main concerns; to observe and record from life the movement of the human body in water and then to use the transforming qualities of paint to create semi abstract images. My paintings range form small scale works to life size and I work mainly in oil paint on canvas. My fascination with the figure in water began over ten years ago when I realised that I could combine many of my artistic concerns in one subject; movement, the figure, abstraction, light, feelings and mark making. I enjoy working with swimmers because each individual swimmer and pool environment offers something unique and new to explore. For the past five years the paintings I've been making have focused on elite competitive swimmers and young club swimmers that hope to emulate them. In 2009 I produced a series of paintings in collaboration with Olympic Bronze medallist Joanne Jackson and a group of young club swimmers she teaches. I am currently undertaking a commission to make paintings about Paralympic swimming champion Emma Hollis and Olympic hopeful Roberto Pavoni. The paintings will be on display to the public next year. In the meantime there is an Olympic section on my website featuring some of this work that is regularly updated. Alongside of my painting practise I often work as a resident artist in schools and the community. Examples of my projects can also be seen on my website.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1997 - BA Fine Art, University of the West of England, Bristol Solo exhibitions 2011 - Open studio, Brockley, London Group exhibitions 2009 - Ping pong exhibition of international artists on the theme of water, APT Gallery, London Artist talks 2010 - Artist talk and tutorials to sixth formers studying art, St Marys School, Cambridge Public commissions 2011 - Commission to paint elite swimming champion Emma Hollis, Essex County Council, Essex Projects 2010 - Seen Unseen - Unpacking the art of Croydon. Workshops with primary and secondary children, a PRU and people with memory difficulties based on Croydon Museum's Art Collection, Croydon Museum, Croydon Educational experience - primary 2011 - Mosaic wildlife project with year 3, Dulwich Primary School, London