2015 - 2018
Alison Pilkington lives and works in Dublin. She has recently completed a practice led PhD in painting at National College Art and Design Dublin. In 2012 she was awarded a British Institution Award for painting at the Royal Academy Summer Show London. She was selected for the Marmite Painting Prize, London (2012) and shortlisted for the Kurt Beers 100 Painters of Tomorrow publication (2013). She was 3rd prizewinner at the Artslant International Jurors Award in Dec 2013.
Pilkington describes her art practice as exploring the idea of the psychological self and how this might be manifested through painting. Her paintings are quasi-figurative. She has been developing a series of personal motifs that have developed over a series of paintings and painting installations over the last few years. In her recent body of work she attempts to play with how familiar yet comic images have the potential to disturb or disorientate or perhaps be uncanny. She focuses on how imagery interacts with the intrinsic qualities of paint, how the paint material moves and how it can be played with. The paintings are carefully planned through several stages of drawing. The quality of paint handling, although seemingly casual, is a result of repeated attempts at getting something 'right'
Recent exhibitions include Slippery and Amorphous - Contemporary Painting Curated by Wendy Saunders and Paula MacArthur, Marylebone Crypt Gallery, London (2016); The Visitor - Curated by Adrian O Connell, The Engine Room, Belfast (2015); U-Turn - Curated By Marysia Wieciekiev Carroll, Library Project, Temple Bar, Dublin (2015); Autocatalyctic Future Games, No Format Gallery, London (2015); @paintBritian, Group Show Ipswich Art School, Ipswich (Oct 2014 - Feb 2015); The Priseman Collection of Contemporary British Painting, Colchester Art Gallery, Colchester (Nov 2014 - Feb 2015); Contemporary British Painting, The Crypt Gallery, Marylebone Church, London (2014); Things go Dark, Group Show The Model, Sligo, Ireland (2014); Malevolentos, Pallas Contemporary Projects Dublin (2014); The Visitor, The Drawing Project, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2012); One thing and Another, Custom House Arts Centre Mayo (2010) and Doppelganger, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin (2007).
Alison Pilkington is currently lecturer in Painting at IADT Dun Laoghaire, Board Member of The Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo. She is Co – Editor of The Fold publication with Cora Cummins – (Issue 10 Rosebud out in Jan 2016).