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Elizabeth McGhee

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Website

Schools
Laguna College of Art & Design, 2009, BFA

Tags
figurative, traditional, realism

Statement

Biography:

Elizabeth McGhee is a native of southern California, from a family of artists active in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and Scotland, as well as the local Laguna Beach art scene.  A figurative oil painter trained in the classical realist tradition, she recently graduated from Laguna College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting.  Elizabeth has also studied with Marc Trujillo, Sergio Sanchez, John Brosio and master painter Lance Richlin.

 

Artist Statement:

Using symbolic language, I often turn to humor to address serious or controversial subjects.   As children we became accustomed to toys as symbols; at a young age we understood that a toy car was not a REAL car, but a representation of a car.  But as we matured, and put away our toys, we lost our proficiency in the language of symbols. My intention is not to promote a particular concept or ideal, but to inspire analysis and contemplation in my viewers.

Symbolism is at the very heart of representation, and representational art.  Through my paintings I try to challenge deeply rooted assumptions and biases. Just as there are more than two sides to any issue, my compositions can be interpreted in multiple ways.  I am currently exploring modern interpretations of ancient myths and folk tales.  I hope to familiarize my viewers with archetypical stories that have survived millennia because they are so successful at expressing the human condition.

 

 

Representation

        Don Beres Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

       www.donberes.com

        The Art Gallerist

        www.theartgallerist.com

Education

2006-2009 Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD),B.F.A cum laude, Laguna Beach

2006-2008 Lance Richlin Atelier, Torrance, CA

Exhibitions

2013        The Festival of Arts/ Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, CA (upcoming)

2013         34th Annual Mini-Works on Paper Juried Exhibition, Jackson State University, 

                    Jacksonville, AL (upcoming)

2013         Our Town, LOCA, Laguna Nursery, Laguna Beach, CA

2013         Art That's Small at City Hall, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2013         Figures and Faces, Wells Fargo, Laguna Beach, CA 

2013         Playground: The Art of Childhood Juried Exhibition, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 

                    Sebastopol, CA

2013         29th Annual National Juried Show, North Valley Art League, Redding, CA 

2012         Small Packages Juried Exhibition, Art Beat on Main Street, Vista, CA

2012         Animalier: The Animal in Contemporary Art Juried Exhibition, Graceful Arts

                    Gallery and Studios, Alva, OK

2012         FISH Juried Exhibition, University of Oklahoma School of Art and History,

                    Norman, OK

2012         Laguna Beach Juried Exhibition, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach

2012         Laguna In the Round, Don Beres Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2012         Potpourri, Wells Fargo, Laguna Beach, CA  

2012         Inside the Artist’s Studio: Still Life and Interiors Juried Exhibition, Altadena Town

                    and Country Club, Altadena, CA

2012         The Festival of Arts/ Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, CA

2012         Art That's Small at City Hall, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2011         Laguna Beach Juried Exhibition, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2011         The Great 948, The Orange County Great Park, Irvine, CA

2011         Mixed Bag, Wells Fargo, Laguna Beach, CA

2011         The Festival of Arts/ Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, CA

2011         Guajome Days, Rancho Guajome Adobe Museum, Vista, CA 

2011         Mission Federal Art Walk, theartgallerist.com, San Diego, CA 

2011         Art That's Small at City Hall, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2011         BlueCanvas Issue 7 Launch Event, Spring Arts Tower, Los Angeles, CA 

2011         Portrait Show, Wells Fargo, Laguna Beach, CA

2010         Studio Arts Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2010         The Festival of Arts/ Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, CA

2010         2010 Preview, Wells Fargo, Laguna Beach, CA

2010         Into the Blue, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2010         Grapes for Grads, Tivoli Too, Laguna Beach, CA

2010         Art Thats Small at City Hall, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2010         Guest Artist, Surf and Sand Resort, Laguna Beach, CA

2009         Orange County Fair, LCAD, Costa Mesa, CA 

2009         Industry Open House, LCAD, Laguna Beach, CA

2009         Senior Fine Art Show, Seven Degrees Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2009         Best of the Best: Juried Student Exhibition, LCAD, Laguna Beach, CA

2008         Professional Mentoring Program, De Ru Fine Arts, Laguna Beach, CA

Honors and Awards

2013         Elected as an Artist Member, California Art Club

2013         Award of Merit, 29th Annual National Juried Show, NVAL, Redding, CA

2012         3rd Place, Small Packages, Art Beat on Main Street Gallery, Vista CA 

2012         1st Place, Laguna Beach Juried Exhibition, Laguna Beach, CA

2012         Most Amazing Ensemble, Festival Recycled Fashion Show, Laguna Beach, CA

2012         Honorable Mention, Art That's Small at City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2011         3rd Place, Festival Recycled Fashion Show, Laguna Beach, CA

2011         1st Place, Art That's Small at City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2006-2009         Academic Scholarship Laguna College of Art and Design

2006-2008         Merit Scholarship, Lance Richlin Atelier

2003         Scholastic Juried Exhibition, Gold Key

2002         California Arts Scholar, California State Summer School of the Arts

2002         California Governor's Scholarship

Publications/ News

2013         Creative Quarterly Magazine Issue 30, Spring 2013 (upcoming)

2012         Recycled Materials Reworked...., Laguna Beach Independent, 8/24

2012         Reusable High Fashion, Coastline Pilot, 8/24

2012         Recycled Fashions Make a Statement, Orange County Register, 8/23

2011          Artist Interview, CNC World, Aired September 3, 2011

2011         Festivals' Final Days of Fun, Coastline Pilot, August 25

2011         Reclaimed Fashion Showcases, Laguna Beach Independent, August 25

2011         Recycled Fashion Show.., Orange County Register, August 20

2011         Festival of Arts Inspires Marriage Proposals, Orange County Register, 

2011         Commissioned For Love, Coastline Pilot, August 9

2011         Amid Sculptures and Paintings.., Laguna Beach Independent, August 9

2011         Our Laguna: Artists are the Heart of the Festival Season, Coastline Pilot,

2011         Winners of Art That's Small, Coastline Pilot, April 28

2011         Photograph of the artist and her work, Coastline Pilot, January 14

2011         Art Walk Preview for January, Blogdowntown.com, January 12

2010         Photograph of the artist and her work, Coastline Pilot, July 2

2010         Artist profile, Laguna Beach Independent, July 2

2010         Artist profile, Bluecanvas Magazine, Issue Three

2009         Bluecanvas.com featured online artist, November

Charitable Contributions

2013         Donation, Mother Goose Parade Fund, San Diego, CA

2012         Donation, Postcards for a Purpose, Artist Relief Fund, Laguna Beach, CA

2012         Donation, Art-To-Go for Festival of Arts Artist Relief Fund, Laguna Beach 

2012         Donation, Collector's Choice, LCAD, Laguna Beach, CA

2012         Donation, A Home of Their Own Benefitting Glennwood Foundation

2011         Donation, Tree Toppers Benefitting the FOA, Rodger's Gardens 

2011         Donation, Art-To-Go for Festival of Arts Artist Relief Fund, Laguna Beach

2011         Artist demonstration and donation, Rancho Guajome Adobe, Vista, CA 

2011         Donation, Collector's Choice, LCAD, Laguna Beach, CA 

2011         Donation, A Taste for Charity, Laguna Beach, CA 

2011         Donation, A Home of Their Own, Laguna Beach, CA

2011         Donation, Art For Aid: Japan Relief, LCAD, Laguna Beach, CA

2011          Volunteer, LOCA, Laguna Beach, CA

2010         Donation, HRC Fundraising Auction, Newport Beach, CA

2010         Donation, Art-To-Go for Festival of Arts Artist Relief Fund, Laguna Beach

2010         Donation, Collector's Choice, LCAD, Laguna Beach, CA

2010         Volunteer, Children's Mural, Boys and Girls Club, Laguna Beach, CA

2010         Volunteer, Imagination Celebration, Laguna Museum of Art, Laguna Beach

2010         Volunteer, Color it Orange Exhibition, Laguna Beach, CA

2010         Artist demonstration and donation, School Power Silent Auction, 

                       Montage Hotel, Laguna Beach, CA

 

Recent Exhibits

Elizabeth McGhee participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2012 Fish 2012
Lightwell Gallery
 

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