Doreen McPherson makes distinctive and detailed portraits of individuals, her work is characterised by intense mark marking and a strong sense of light and shade, particularly around the hair and facial features.
Over the summer, the artist used the gallery as her studio. Although not directly referring to the space, some of the works have been conceived in-situ and hold a particular atmosphere. This feeling is exaggerated by the curation and hang of the drawings, they are placed to create narratives and inspire readings. A number of the drawings are based on images of Roman stone and bronze sculptures. This connection to sculpture goes beyond the original source material: by building up tone, pattern and form while working on different sections simultaneously, there is a strong sense of construction and structure within these drawings.
Supported by Fletcher Gallery Services.
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).
Doreen McPherson, Portraits, 2011. Installation View, Studio Voltaire. Courtesy of the artist and Intoart, London. Credit Andy Keate.