Biography



Jo McGonigal’s practice begins with a visual analysis of historical Baroque painting as a basis for understanding the medium as a complex spatial construction. These observations materialise into ‘spatial paintings’ constructed out of physical things in real space, where architectural concerns become complicit with the work. She uses both found and everyday materials, to examine the formal grammar of pictorial language - the vernacular of painting, where moments of drama, stillness, distance, translucency, edge and colour, co-operate to develop an understanding of painting as a retinal, physical and spatial event, activating the body as much as the eye.



SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

 

2019 Blinder, Patricia Fleming Projects, Glasgow UK


2018 Act Seven: Paler, Blinder University of Leeds UK


2017 SWG3 Glasgow (Produced in partnership with Patricia Fleming Projects), Glasgow UK


2017 Raumx Projects, London UK


2016 SHIFT, Patricia Fleming Projects, Glasgow


2015 Between Painting and Place, Platform A, Middlesbrough

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

 

2019 Fully Awake, Edinburgh University Galleries for Edinburgh Art Festival UK


2018 After an Act, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast


2017 International Biennial of Non-Objective Art, Lyon France


2017 The Solo Award, The Cello Factory, London UK


2017 Eccentric Geometric, Arthouse1, London UK


2016 From A to C; This Being B, Caustic Coastal, Salford UK


2016 Ingredients, Method, Serving Suggestion, APT Gallery, London


2016 The Marmite Prize for Painting V, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland


2016 The Marmite Prize for Painting V, Block 336, London


2016 Transparent Things, Vane, Newcastle


2015 Cascading Relevant Information, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool


2015 Gray Face, Perennial, Bristol


2015 Real Painting, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester


2015 Poppositions 2015, Art Brussels (CePRA Award, University of Leeds)


2014 Something Like Now, Cardroom, Manchester


2014 Neo Print Prize, Neo Gallery, Bolton


2014 Society of Island Universes, Manchester (Curated by Lisa Denyer)


2014 Straddle the Line, APT Gallery, London (Curated by Della Gooden and Catherine Ferguson)


2013 Contemporary Art Society Event, Mirabel, Manchester


2013 Summer Show, MALGRAS l NAUDET, Manchester


2013 Some Recent Examples, Lever Street, Manchester


2013 Housing a Pig, Flood Gallery, Dublin


2012 Cabedal, Platforma Revolver, Lisbon


2012 60 Drawings, Bankley Studios, Manchester


2011 We are all in this together, Bureau, Manchester


2011 Untitled, FAFA GALLERY, Helsinki


2010 Uncertain Limitations, Bankley Studios, Manchester


2010 Hive Gallery, Manchester


2009 Kiss of a Lifetime, BEARSPACE, London


2009 Northern Print Biennale VANE, Newcastle


2008 Future 50s PSL [Project Space Leeds] & Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool


2008 Economic Thought Projects, Ard Bia Gallery, Berlin (Curated by Russel Hart)

 

AWARDS

 

2016 Selected for Marmite Prize for Painting