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Maggie Royle

Bath Spa University (MA Fine Art, 2008 / 2008)


What is your favourite film of all time?

What music are you currently listening to and why?

Which living artists do you most admire and why?

Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?

Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?

What / who inspired you to be an artist?

Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?

What do you like most about being an artist?

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

What are your plans for the coming year?

Latest artwork - View all by this artist

  • 'Un mundo de deseos - 2'
  • 'Ain't got no excuses'

Artist's statement

My paintings have developed from an interest in secondary characters that are depicted within Old Master paintings. Using these figures as a starting point, they are removed from their original setting and re-contextualized in a contemporary scene.

My recent work has seen a development of this premise; contemporary people are placed in an art historical context to become key players in a new, constructed narrative.

‘Un mundo de deseos’; the billboards near Madrid airport suggest that anything is possible. The woman from the Goya painting wanders here, out of context - wrong time, wrong place – her children are missing. ‘A world of desires’; is this world open to everyone?

‘Forever’s gonna start tonight’ features a young woman in a setting based on Giorgione’s ‘Tempest’; itself a painting of drama and intrigue.

My smaller paintings  and works on paper continue to exploit my interest in the ‘extraordinariness’ of the overlooked or insignificant; images are taken from diverse sources such as earlier paintings or contemporary photographs.

The content of the work is important but within these parameters I am interested exploring the play between abstraction and figuration and in experimenting with the physicality and unpredictability of oil paint.

The titles are relevant to the work, but not descriptive of it and the use of appropriated song lyrics as titles mimics the appropriated imagery, suggesting multiple meanings.


2011    'Mending Broken Hearts', Wet Paint Gallery, Cirencester

2010     Fringe MK Painting Prize 2010 (catalogue)

2010     Spike Open Studios, Bristol

2009     6 @ The Octagon, Bath Fringe Festival, Bath

2009     Spike Open Studios, Bristol

2009     MA and other postgraduates, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield School, Somerset

2008    Bath Spa Masters of Fine Art degree show
2008    Bath Spa Masters Interim exhibition
            Spike Open, Spike Island Bristol
2007    Exeter Contemporary Open,  Exeter Phoenix
            Spike Open,  Spike Island Bristol