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Conor McGrady
updated: 03/21/2012
website: www.conormcgrady.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Nation Builders
Hinterland
Hallowed Ground
Eternal Summer
Civilian Administrator
Unknown Soldier
Youth
Pitbull
Quiet Clearing
Into the Woods
Grave
Facade
Deep in the Woods
Enclave
Hole
 
Portfolio Keywords:  psychological, architecture, figurative, political, memory, systems
 
 
Nation Builders by Conor McGrady
Nation Builders
Gouache on Paper
2010
96" x  165" 
Hinterland by Conor McGrady
Hinterland
Gouache on Paper
2010
96" x  165" 
Hallowed Ground by Conor McGrady
Hallowed Ground
Gouache on Paper
2009
96" x  165" 
Eternal Summer by Conor McGrady
Eternal Summer
Gouache on Paper
2009
96" x  159" 
Civilian Administrator by Conor McGrady
Civilian Administrator
Gouache on Paper
2007
11" x  15" 
Unknown Soldier by Conor McGrady
Unknown Soldier
Gouache on Paper
2007
11" x  15" 
Youth by Conor McGrady
Youth
Gouache on Paper
2005
11" x  15" 
Pitbull by Conor McGrady
Pitbull
Gouache on Paper
2005
11" x  15" 
Quiet Clearing by Conor McGrady
Quiet Clearing
Gouache on Paper
2005
11" x  15" 
Into the Woods by Conor McGrady
Into the Woods
Gouache on Paper
2005
11" x  15" 
Grave by Conor McGrady
Grave
Gouache on Paper
2005
11" x  15" 
Facade by Conor McGrady
Facade
Gouache on Paper
2005
11" x  15" 
Deep in the Woods by Conor McGrady
Deep in the Woods
Gouache on Paper
2005
72" x  108" 
Enclave by Conor McGrady
Enclave
Gouache on Paper
2003
48" x  96" 
Hole  by Conor McGrady
Hole
Gouache on Paper
2003
48" x  96" 

Artist Statement
The core of my practice focuses primarily on painting and drawing. The work as a whole is based on situations of civil unrest and military control, largely drawing on, but not confined to, my experience growing up in the north of Ireland. The buildings and housing areas in the drawings are often subject to physical control by the military and in some cases were designed with the help of military technicians to ensure containment of insurgent populations. The recent works explore elements of rural or remote landscapes and the duality implicit in areas that are repositories of romantic ideal and yet contain hidden threats. Some of the drawings reference aspects of neo-classicism as an architecture of imagined social order, stability and permanence. All of the works are executed in black and white, with the surrounding white space referring to ideals of purity and cleanliness. The aim of all the work is to explore the various manifestations of social order and raise questions relating to the control of space, personal and national boundaries.

Artist Bio / CV
Conor McGrady was born in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland in 1970. He studied at Cumbria College of Art and Design in Carlisle, UK and at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK, before receiving his MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998. In 2000 and 2002 McGrady was awarded a Community Arts Assistance Program Grant from the City of Chicago. Most recently his work has been exhibited in the one-person exhibitions, ‘Social Security’ at the Customs House, South Shields, UK, ‘Purity’ at Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago and ‘New Arcadia’ at M.Y. Art Prospects, New York. In 2002 he was selected to participate in the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In 2003 he completed a five-month residency in the Woolworth Building, New York, through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Studio Program. He currently lives and works in New York.