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Alison Pilkington

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National College Art & Design Dublin, 2013, PhD Fine Art
National College Art & Design Dublin, 2013, PhD Fine Art

surrealism, figurative, abstract, painting


Alison Pilkington


Currently completing a practice based PhD in painting October 2013 at the National College Art & Design Dublin.


MA Film & TV Studies Dublin City University 1994

BA Hons. Painting National College Art & Design Dublin 1990



winner 3rd prize ArtSlant 2013

Shortlisted for the Marmite Painting Prize 2012 –

Shortlisted for 100 Painters of Tomorrow  Kurt Beers/Thames & Hudson Publication

British Institution Award Royal Academy Summer Show, London 2012.

Dublin City Council Project Grant 2012

Arts Council Project Award 2007


Recent exhibitions include:

2014    Things go dark  Model Arts & Niland Gallery, Sligo, Ireland.

2013- Marmite Painting Prize –UK Touring Exhibition

2013            RHA Dublin Annual Exhibition invited artist

2012            Royal Academy London Summer Show

2012             Cake Contemporary Arts The Curragh Camp Kildare - Solo Exhibition "Malevolentos"

2012            The Drawing Project Dun Laoghaire - Solo Exhibition "The Visitor"

2011             Monster Truck Temple Bar Dublin Installation, "An Encounter" As part of curated Exhibition by Cliona Shaffrey, Arts Council Special Adviser and Cliona Harmey, Artist.

2010             Custom House Studio Westport, Solo Exhibition "One Thing and the Other" (Nominated for AIB Visual Artists Award)

2007            “Doppelganger” Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.

2005            “Guided By Stars” Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.

2003            “Stem” Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.

2001            “New Paintings” Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.



She lives and works in Dublin.


The uncanny is associated with a feeling of disorientation, mild panic or confusion when faced with something strangely familiar and has been a frequent subject of the visual arts and literature. In my recent body of work I am interested in what Freud termed “the friendly aspect” of the uncanny.  Strangely familiar yet comic images have the potential to disturb or disorientate. In this work I attempt to explore this aspect of the uncanny and invite the viewer to consider how this  ‘un-homely’ feeling occurs through painting.

Recent Exhibits

Alison Pilkington participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2016 Slippery & Amorphous
Jun, 2015 Autocatalytic Future Games
no format
Nov, 2014 @PaintBritain
Ipswich Art School Gallery
Nov, 2014 Contemporary British Painting
Huddersfield Art Gallery, UK
Dec, 2013 CORE MEMORY: ArtSlant Prize Exhibition 2013
Aqua Art Miami
May, 2013 183rd RHA Annual Exhibition
Royal Hibernian Academy
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