Alison Pilkington

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Trigger, 2012 Oil On Canvas 120 X 150cm © yes
M-o-o-n, 2012 Oil On Canvas 70 X100cm © yes
The Visitor, 2012 Oil On Canvas 40 X 50 Cm © yes
Daydream, 2013 Oil On Canvas 120 X 150 Cm © yes
monument, 2013 Oil On Canvas 50x 60cm © yes
Friend, 2012 Oil On Canvas 40 X 50 Cm © yes
Glimmer, 2012 Oil On Canvas 20 X 25cm © yes
The Bridge, 2012 Oil On Canvas 40 X 50 Cm © yes
hello, 2012 Oil On Canvas 20 X 25cm © yes
Untitled, 2013 Oil On Canvas 80 X 100 Cm © Yes
him, 2013 Oil On Canvas 20 X 25cm
Narcisus, 2013 Oil On Canvas 20 X 25cm © yes
Her, 2013 Oil On Canvas © yes
Him (large), 0ct 2013 Oil On Canvas 80 X 100cm © yes
Her (large), Oct 2013 Oil On Canvas 100 X100 Cm © yes
Precipice, October 2013 Oil On Canvas 90 X 100 Cm © yes
Nobody, 2012 Oil On Canvas 120 X 100 Cm © yes
Monument, 2013 Oil On Canvas 120 X150cm © yes
Herself, 2014 Oil On Canvas 20 X 25 Cm © yes
Hybrid 2, 2014 Oil On Canvas 50 X 60 Cm © yes
Mr Nobody, 2015 Oil On Linen 12x10in © Alison Pilkington
Quick Facts
National College Art & Design Dublin, 2013, PhD Fine Art
National College Art & Design Dublin, 2013, PhD Fine Art
painting, figurative, surrealism

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.

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