Doreen McPherson

Lady with hand over her mouth, 2011


Edition of 100
52.5 x 40.6cm
Signed and numbered by the artist

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About the artwork 

Doreen McPherson makes very distinctive and detailed portraits of individuals. Her work is characterised by intense mark marking and a strong sense of light and darkness through the use of shading – particularly around the hair and facial features where particular attention is paid.

Over the summer, the artist has used the gallery as her studio, although not directly referring to the space, some of the works in the exhibition have been conceived in-situ and hold a particular atmosphere. This particular feeling is continued with how the drawings are placed, creating narratives and readings between the drawings. A number of the drawings are based on images of Roman stone and bronze sculptures, but this connection to sculpture goes beyond the original source material. By building up tone, pattern and form, working on different sections of the drawing simultaneously, there is a strong sense of construction and structure within the works.

About the artist

Doreen McPherson lives and works in London and is a member of Intoart, an art collective who have a permanent studio at Studio Voltaire. McPherson work has been included in a number of group presentations including MADMuseé, Liege (2011), No Soul for Sale, Tate Modern (2010), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009) and Studio Voltaire, London (2010 and 2007).

Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.

We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.

The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.