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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

2015            Subjective Truths, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA (upcoming)

2015            The Festival of Arts/ Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, CA

2015            Happiness Is..., Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2015            Artists’ Fund Board Member Show, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2015            104th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition, California Art Club, USC Fisher

                                 Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2014            The Festival of Arts/ Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, CA

2014            Artists’ Fund Board Member Show, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2014            Portraits of the Fallen, Nixon Presidential Library, Yorba Linda, CA

2014            Art That's Small at City Hall, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2014            30th Annual National Juried Show, North Valley Art League, Redding, CA         

2013            6 Inch Squared, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

2013            Beyond Borders Juried Exhibition, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA

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

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

                                Jacksonville, AL

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, Festival of Arts Wells Fargo Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2013            Playground- Art of Childhood, 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 Gallery, 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 (ongoing)

2012            Potpourri, Festival of Arts Wells Fargo Gallery, 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            Black is Back, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2012            Summer Show, San Clemente Art Club, San Clemente, 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, Festival of Arts Wells Fargo Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

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

2011            Go Gold, Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

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

2011            Mission Federal Art Walk, 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, Festival of Arts Wells Fargo Gallery, 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, Festival of Arts Wells Fargo Gallery, 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 That’s 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, 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

2015            Most Creative Concept, Festival Recycled Fashion Show, Laguna Beach, CA

2014            2013 Top 25: Fine Art, Creative Quarterly Magazine

2014            Honorable Mention, Art That's Small at City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA

2014            People’s Choice Award, 30th Annual National Show, NVAL, Redding, CA

2014            Honorable Mention, Portraits VI, MyArtContest.com

2013            Most Amazing Ensemble, Festival Recycled Fashion Show, Laguna Beach, CA

2013            Elected as an Artist Member, The California Art Club, Pasadena, CA

2013            Award of Merit, 29th Annual National 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 City Hall, 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            Gold Key, and Silver Key, Scholastic Juried Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA

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

2002            California Governor's Scholarship

 

 

Publications/ News

2015            Laguna Artist Elizabeth McGhee Finds Beauty in the Past, by David Ferrell,

                              Coast Magazine, 8/26

2015            Beauty, Creativity Abound at Fashion Show, Laguna Beach Independent, 8/19

2015            Walk the Red Carpet..., Los Angeles Times, 8/7

2015            Lumina Magazine, Spring Issue

2014            Artist Portfolio Magazine’s Portrait Issue

2014            100 Best Annual 2013, Creative Quarterly Magazine

2013            The Art of a Storyteller, by Daniella Walsh, Laguna Beach Art Magazine,

                              winter quarterly issue

2013            From Fine Art To Found Fashion, Coastline Pilot 8/27

2013            A New Archetype Is Born, Laguna Beach Independent 8/23

2013            Elizabeth McGhee Reveals New Mythological Portrait, Stu News Laguna 8/27

2013            Mythica Series, Creative Quarterly Magazine, Spring/ Summer 2013

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 News, Aired 9/3

2011            Festivals' Final Days of Fun, Coastline Pilot, 8/25

2011            Reclaimed Fashion Showcases, Laguna Beach Independent, 8/25

2011            Recycled Fashion Show.., Orange County Register, 8/20

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

2011            Commissioned For Love, Coastline Pilot, 8/9

2011            Amid Sculptures and Paintings.., Laguna Beach Independent, 8/9

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

2011            Winners of Art That's Small, Coastline Pilot, 4/28

2011            Photograph of the artist and her work, Coastline Pilot, 1/14

2011            Art Walk Preview for January, Blogdowntown.com, 1/12

2010            Photograph of the artist and her work, Coastline Pilot, 7/2

2010            A Family Affair for First Time Exhibitor, by Daniella Walsh,

                              Laguna Beach Independent, 7/2

2010            Artist profile, Bluecanvas Magazine, Issue Three

2009            Bluecanvas.com featured online artist, November

 

Charitable Contributions

2015            Donation, Art-To-Go for Festival of Arts Artist Relief Fund, Laguna Beach, CA

2015            Donation, A Taste for Charity, Seven Degrees, Laguna Beach, CA

2014            Donation, A Home of Their Own Benefitting the Glennwood Foundation,

                                Laguna Beach, CA

2014            Donation, Art-To-Go for Festival of Arts Artist Relief Fund, Laguna Beach, CA

2014            Donation, Collector's Choice, LCAD, Laguna Beach, CA

2013            Donation, The Artist Fund Scholarship Luncheon, Laguna Beach, CA

2013            Donation, Marine Mammal Cabernet, Laguna Beach, CA

2013            Donation, Art-To-Go for Festival of Arts Artist Relief Fund, Laguna Beach, CA

2013            Donation, Collector's Choice, LCAD, Laguna Beach, CA

2013            Donation, School Power Silent Auction, Montage Resort, Laguna Beach, CA

2013            Donation, Artists Inspiring the Raindrops, Women for World Health,

                                    Laguna Beach, CA

2013            Donation, Mother Goose Parade Fundraiser, El Cajon, 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, CA

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

2012            Donation, A Home of Their Own Benefitting the Glennwood Foundation,      

                                   Laguna Beach, CA

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

2011            Donation, HRC Fundraising Auction, Laguna Beach, CA

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 Benefitting the Glennwood Foundation,

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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