Glasgow-based artist Marion MacPhee documents remote and dramatic landscapes and seascapes in her art. Printmaking is Marion’s primary medium, and allows her to capture the expressive shapes and patterns of nature whilst maintaining a refined illustrative style. Drawing inspiration in everything from the curved tail of a humpback whale to the evening sky reflected on the sea, Marion incorporates every aspect of the surrounding nature into her art, from the sightings of rare marine life, to the wonder that can be found in the everyday.
Marion MacPhee’s Education and Career
Marion grew up on the Isle of Skye amongst rolling hills and rugged landscapes. She studied Illustration and Visual Communication at The Edinburgh College of Art before moving to Glasgow where she now lives. Since graduating in 2001, Marion has taken part in group and solo exhibitions throughout the UK as well as a residency programme in Ireland. In 2019, Marion was invited by fellow Rise Art artist Barbara Rae to show at The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition.
Process and Technique
When making her prints, Marion predominantly uses etching and monotype methods to achieve sharp lines, a vivid texture and rich colour. By using the sugar lift medium, Marion is able to preserve the appearance of brushwork that conveys her fluid way of working. Mono printing enables Marion to gradually build up layers of transparent inks, with the spontaneous element to this method driving Marion to continually develop and evolve her practice.