Mhairi McPhail (she/her) is a Scottish Visual Artist based in Edinburgh. She graduated with a First-Class Honours in Painting from Edinburgh College of Art in 2021. Mhairi is now has a shared space at Abbeymount Studios, where she continues to develop her professional practice. 

Using methods of drawing, painting, printmaking and installation, the domestic interior is the crux of Mhairi's work. Seemingly nostalgic and pleasing images of domestic patterns, children's toys and cartoon animals entrap the viewer. The familiar and ornamental images are subverted alongside images of armoury and weapons to create an innocuous tension. Lured by the construction of fantasy spaces, the artist hopes to reclaim a sense of protection and strength. 

b.1999

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Education

Edinburgh College of Art Painting BA (Hons) First Class 2017-2021

Ceramics 8-week class, Edinburgh Design School 2021-2022

2-day Laser-cut Printmaking Course DCA, Dundee, December 2019

Life Drawing at Edinburgh College, Granton 2016/17

Portobello High School 2011-2017

Exhibtitions

Eye to Eye at Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 13th-23rd September 2022

GUT at Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh 5th - 8th September 2022

Tenderfoot Group show by ALT-D, St Margaret's House 23rd - 30th April 2022

In Touch, Postal Exhibition with EMBASSY gallery, December 2021

'This & That' Group Show at Blunt Knife CO 1st - 8th October 2021

Edinburgh College of Art Graduate Showcase 2021 Mention in The Scotsman

New Becoming Normal a washing line exhibition November 2020

Space Jam, Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh March 2020

Hospitalfield House Micro Residency, Arbroath, 7-8th March 2020

Untitled DOKument 27th-29th April 2018 (Link)

 

Statement