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alice macdonald

London, painter

Portrait Alice Macdonald
Sun Light on the Thames near Greenwich 50x70 cm distemper on canvas cut our on canvas, pin


Alice Macdonald (b.1992) lives in London and works from her studio in North Greenwich. She recently completed an MA in Fine Art at City and Guilds Art School, London (2023). Previously she stu­­­died at Falmouth University (2014) and on the Drawing Year at The Royal Drawing School (2017).

Depicting everyday moments and often featuring the people closest to her, Alice’s practice is underpinned by a diaristic practice of drawing the world around her from observation and memory. In the studio Alice riffs off her sketchbook drawings, working instinctively, playing freely with materials, and allowing them to lead the image making process. An image might be repeated many times across different scales and media and with each repetition the image is allowed to evolve and change. She is interested in the boundaries between fact and fiction and the unreliable and subjective nature of memory.

In its final iteration the image is constructed from collaged canvas and distemper. The collage is somewhat clumsy and imprecise, it distorts and disrupts the image – confusing our perception of space, creating unexpected depth and a simultaneous feeling of flatness. Pins are left in the image giving the impression that the image could be easily altered. Alice wants the viewer to be aware that the image is a construction, and it is a rickety one. This echoes the instability of our constructed realities and the fragility of the initial drawn moment.

Alice has exhibited her work widely both in the UK and internationally and she has been awarded several awards and prizes including the CGLAS x ACS studio prize in 2023 and the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Grant in 2022.


Academic Qualifications


2022-23             MA Fine Art (1st)  City And Guilds Art School, London
2016-17             The Drawing Year (post-graduate diploma, full scholarship) The Royal Drawing School

2011-14             Illustration BA Hons (2:1)   Falmouth University
2010-11             Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Oxford Brookes University


Solo and Two Person Exhibitions


2023  Fruit, Birds, Flowers, Trees (solo show) LKIF Gallery, Seoul

2022  The Gentle Vibration Of Things (solo show) curated by Paint Talk, V.O curations, London

2020  Silent Disco  Collaborative installation with Mark Connolly at Wells Projects, London


Group Exhibitions


2023 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair with Oliver Projects, London

2023 Purslane Autumn Fundraiser, online

2023 Ode To Autumn Violet Hour, online

2023 Canal Boat Art  Fair, Broadway Market, London

2023 The Summer Exhibition The Royal Academy, London

2023  Power Play Oliver Projects, London

2023  Love And Worry Pound Arts Centre, Corsham

2023  Who Holds The Sword? Hypha Studios, London

2022  The Artist’s Office Party The Amber Room , London

2022  Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair with Oliver Projects, London

2022  Power To Emotion Tart Gallery at Fitzrovia Gallery, London

2022  Omicron Edition Open Call Tini Mini Room, Netherlands

2022  A Well Lived Life curated by Phin Jennings at Drakes, London

2022  Bright Young Things Alex Eagle Studios, London

2022  Women Celebrating Surrealism at Islington Arts Factory, London

2022  Bankley Open 2022, Bankley Studios, Manchester

2022  Royal Watercolour Society Open Bankside Gallery, London

2022  Escape Routes Oliver Projects, London

2022  Dream Baby Dream Curated by Paint Talk, The Fitzrovia Gallery, London

2022  Assemble V.O curations, Conduit Street, London

2022  Carnival of Clouds Jane Trady Fine Art, Online

2021  Dentons Art Prize, Dentons, London

2021  Paint Talk Open Call, With Love II online show

2021  Art On A Postcard Winter Auction Soho Revue, London

2021  We Are Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On Aleph Contemporary at The Cello Factory, London

2021  Ruth Borchard Self Portrait prize Long list, online show

2021  Notes From The Big Screen The Narrow Gallery, London

2021  A Small Good Thing online show curated by Sam Luke Heath,

2021  Life On Venus (part II and III) The Tub, Hackney, Live auction via the Auction Collective

2020  The Amber Room II curated by Rosie Reed

2020  Hung Up  curated by All Mouth Gallery, The Tub, London

2020  The Just  curated by Dan Coombs for Aleph Contemporary

2019  A High Hang  curated by Christabel McGreevy, Arebyte Project Space, London

2019  if you know, you know  Arebyte Project Space at Eccleston Place, London
2019  The Summer Exhibition  The Royal Academy of Arts, London
2019  Sugar Shilpa  Espacio Gallery, London
2018  The Beep Painting Prize  Elysium Gallery, Swansea

Awards and Residencies


2023 Awarded the ACS x CGLAS Studio Residency Prize

2023 Awarded the Skinners Company Stephen Gooden Prize for Engraving

2022 Awarded The Elizabeth Greenshields Grant

2022 Recipient of The Young Artist Award, Royal Watercolour Society Open

2021  Painting Residency, Dumfries House, Scotland

2021  Shortlisted for The Dentons Art Prize

2021  Longlisted for the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize

2020  Awarded Arts Council Emergency Funding for individuals

2020  Shortlisted for The Sequested Prize

2019  Painting Residency, Dumfries House, Scotland

2018  Teaching Artist in Residence at The Institute of Fine Arts, Modinagar, India
2017  Awarded the Rhode Island School of Design Residency Prize
2017  Recipient of The Great Art Prize at the National Original Print Exhibition 2017.                 

2015-16  Artist in Residence (Ceramics) at Lyndons Arts Trust, London
2014  Artist in Residence (Printmaking) at the Scuola Graphica Internazionale, Venice




The Royal Collection, The Mauritz-Hyman Collection, private collections in the UK and internationally.

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