Originally from Edinburgh,
Moyna Flannigan is currently regarded as one of Scotland's
leading figurative painters. Her shrewd and ironic observations of
modern humanity and society finds a focus in her work that is fully and
assuredly her own.
Flannigan paints portraits of fictitious figures in oil paints and
watercolours. Some of her characters appear to be more or less everyday
people, but others are disturbing or ambiguous in appearance, while
still others are highly alluring. Instead of working from models or
photographs, Flannigan's fictitious characters arise from her
imagination, vigorously nourished by her recollections of everyday life.
For Flannigan, the process of painting a portrait extends over many
months; it entails a search to identify a particular character and a
notional context for him or her. Brought into the imaging of her
characters are every kind of detail with regard to social status, class,
family and relationships and sex. Her works are not portraits at all in
fact, but visualisations of a collective consciousness.
Flannigan studied at the Edinburgh
College of Art, UK and Yale University School of Art, USA. Flanning has
participated in numerous exhibitions in the United Kingdom and abroad,
including in the Scottisch National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
(2010),Doggersisher, Edinburgh (2006) and several shows at Sahar
Merltzer Gallery, New York and at Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam. She
participated in group exhibitions at The Andy Warhol Museum, Pitssburgh
(2010), the Scottisch National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2009 en
2008), the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2003).