HEADLAND is a major exhibition of new work by Elizabeth Magill (born 1959), one of the most intuitive and highly respected painters of her generation. Magill grew up on the north coast of County Antrim, and travels between her studios there and in London. Her work is redolent of her sense of place- the Glens of Antrim- which has preoccupied and informed her relationship with landscape, and her visual response to it.
In 2009, the Ulster Museum acquired Magill’s painting Chronicle of Orange (2007), which has become one of our best-known and popular representations of the Irish landscape.
HEADLAND contains new and recent work and focuses on Magill’s developing practice and current interests. Her approach to painting is always experimental, allowing for previous techniques to give way to newer ones to form an unfolding process. Magill has described her relationship with landscape as developing from her own thoughts and responses: ‘although my work refers to landscape it is more like an exterior view, an attempt to create a setting or space to place things, a kind of deposit of thoughts and observations…’.
HEADLAND has been organised in partnership with Limerick City Gallery of Art and RHA, Dublin and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Isobel Harbison and Tom Nys.