Lucy MacGillis

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Lucy MacGillis paints landscapes, interiors and still-lifes in a stone farmhouse she’s restored. We find her paintings mesmerizing when you look closely at the simple marks that tell a story.

MacGillis is represented in international, private and corporate collections.

Lucy MacGillis

ARTIST STATEMENT

“I love everything about painting - how difficult it is, the smell of it, the names of the colors and being covered in paint at the end of the day!”

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

LUCY MACGILLIS grew up in the Berkshires in Massachusetts and began figure drawing in high school. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000, she received a post-graduate grant to paint in Italy at the Int’l School of Art and decided to stay, currently living in Umbria.

MacGillis paints landscapes, interiors and still-lifes in a stone farmhouse she’s restored. Looking out the window or from the terrace at the panorama of the idyllic hills across the Tiber valley she sees the play of Umbrian light and shadow, and the amazing colors the shadows cast at particular times of day. MacGillis mixes her own paint using linseed oil and earth pigments and by doing this she is able to see the unique color relationships to pursue. Her palette is as important as the painting itself. She does not work from photos; it’s all about the place she’s standing in. The scenery, smells, sounds and heat all influence her painting process.

MacGillis begins a canvas with a neutral wash, something to cover the white. Her technique of laying down the paint, making marks with a knife or flat brush, finding the composition, wiping away lines that don’t work and seeing what does. Her natural urge is to simplify everything and push her paintings to abstraction and suggestion, she scrapes down a lot, mixing strange colors and mixing compliments. She looks at planes and color and tries not to get hung up on insignificant details, not wanting to make pretty paintings. Unusually, MacGillis enjoys painting over previous paintings, the sanding down and the surprises she finds are enticing.

“I love everything about painting - how difficult it is, the smell of it, the names of the colors and being covered in paint at the end of the day!”

We find her paintings mesmerizing when you look closely at the simple marks that tell a story. Lucy MacGillis is represented in international, private and corporate collections.