'Bee Keepers I', Elizabeth McDonald

Two beekeepers in a rural landscape

2010, Oil on paper, 29 x 41 cm

Artist's statement

My paintings have an anecdotal quality but not a singular narrative. They are often based in reality but become skewed towards the uncanny through the use of colour, composition and invented detail. There is a balance between dissonance and beauty;
one is left with only precarious assumptions of story or subject yet one is not driven away by the uneasiness within the painting.


Elizabeth McDonald was born in Plano, Texas in 1985. She studied at Southern Methodist University Dallas 2003-05
and the University of North Texas 2005-08. She is currently at Glasgow School of Art 2009-2011 (MFA). She was shortlisted for the 'London International Creative Competition' 2009 and was a
finalist for 'The Hunting Art Prize' Houston Texas 2010. She exhibited at 'Expo' 500x Gallery Dallas Texas 2010 and 'Chalet
Invitational' The Chalet Glasgow 2010. Most recently she has featured in the 'BP Portrait Award 2010' National Portrait
Gallery London (winner of BP Young Artist Award 2010).