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Donna McGlynn

Donna McGlynn
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Born in Arbroath, Scotland, I studied at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and graduated with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art.

I have exhibited in juried exhibitions such as the BP Portrait Awards, The Morrison Portrait Awards, annual Exhibitions at the Royal Scottish Academy and Royal Glasgow Institute and the Lynn Painter-Stainer’s Award at the Mall Galleries in London. Most recently, my work has been included in the shortlist of the Scottish Portrait Awards in Edinburgh, Jackson's Painting Prize, and I have taken part in the civic art project, "Berrylaw Perspective" in my home town of Dunfermline. I enjoy experimenting with materials and techniques to create images on paper, canvas and board and for the last year or so I have been focussing on relief printmaking and monoprints.
Sense of place is of importance to me - we are all shaped by and have emotional responses to our surroundings. In my work, this can take the form of real places as well as imaginative world-building. While my work is informed by my surroundings, personal history and events, and even deja-vu, the lines of reality and fiction are often blurred by the fallibility of memory.
My work takes elements from the spaces we inhabit, associated thoughts and emotions, memory and imagination, resulting in works that feel simultaneously familiar and unreal. I draw from stories and history and personal experience in an attempt to describe the human condition, resulting in narrative, allegorical imagery that reflects on the human experience.
Education: BA (Hons) Fine Art, Drawing and Painting, Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Juried exhibitions:

Society for Women Artists Annual Exhibition, 2021

Paisley Art Institute Drawing Prize

Berrylaw Perspective Exhibition 2021

Jacksons Painting Prize 2021

Scottish Portrait Awards 2020

Society for Women Artists 2020

RSA Annual Open Exhibition 2020

RSA Annual Open Exhibition 2018

Orchar Fine Arts, 2018

Scottish Portrait Awards 2017

RGI Annual Open Exhibition 2017

RSA Annual Open Exhibition 2017

Lynne Painter Stainer Exhibition 2016

RSA Annual Exhibition 2016

RSA Annual Exhibition 2015

Leith People's Festival, 2005

Morrison Portrait Awards 2001

Morrison Portrait Awards 2000

BP Portrait Awards 1996

Solo Exhibitions

Fire Station Creative, Dunfermline, Fife

Braemar Art Gallery, Braemar

Traverse Theatre
Walking Home, Winter.
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  • Walking Home, Winter.
  • Lino Print
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  • Bonfire
  • Lino Print
The Sun is Going Down
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  • The Sun is Going Down
  • Painting
The Last Days
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  • The Last Days
  • Lino Print
The Stranger
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  • The Stranger
  • Lino Print
View From Arthur's Seat
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  • View From Arthur's Seat
  • Lino Print
Rubber Plant
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  • Rubber Plant
  • Monotype
The Park is Closing
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  • The Park is Closing
  • Painting