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Carnegie is a graduate of the Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art. She was nominated to the 2005 Turner Prize.
Gillian Carnegie works within traditional categories of painting - still life, landscape, the figure and portraiture - with a highly accomplished technique. Yet while apparently following the conventions of representational painting, Carnegie challenges its established languages and unsettles its assumptions.
Carnegie often works in series, returning to the same subject but varying her approach each time. Her ongoing series of âbum paintingsâ are experiments in composition, light, colour and technique. In other works, Carnegie capitalises on the tension between subject and medium, her brush strokes both affirming and contradicting what they depict. In Waltz I 2005, part of her ongoing series of still lifes, the background drapery breaks down into broad, crude brushstrokes which threaten to overwhelm the carefully worked vase. In Section 2005 the eye is drawn back to the image surface through incongruous marks that seem to serve no descriptive function other than to confuse our perception of space.
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