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Figures in motion

“I make drawings and paintings which study space, light and movement and explore themes of escapism. 

I’m interested in the fragmented and fleeting nature of experience; the interplay between submission and will; the moving and fixed and the figure and its environment in a constantly changing world.

Often those moments I’m looking to capture are those where we’re lost; in movement, in music, in a shard of light, in ourselves”

Patsy McArthur studied painting in Aberdeen in the North East of Scotland at Gray's School of Art in the late 90s and gained a Masters in European Fine Art from the Winchester School of Art Barcelona program in 2001.

Since then she has spent periods of time living and working in Barcelona, Berlin and Sydney and has undertaken residencies in NYC, Italy and Shanghai.

She has exhibited extensively throughout the UK and abroad, recently exhibiting at Context fair during Art Miami, and has held recent solo shows with Thompsons Gallery in London and Le Salon Vert in Geneva.

She was a shortlisted finalist of the inaugural Castlegate Prize last year and this year was selected for both the RSA Annual and the SSA Annual shows at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.


  • 2000 – 2001 Winchester School of Art, Barcelona, Spain – MA European Fine Art

  • 1994 – 1998 Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen – BA(Hons) Fine Art 

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