Eve McGlynn

Artist Biography

Driven by iconography and symbolism, McGlynn has created a collection of paintings that depict the life of the Virgin Mary through adapting Giotto’s series of the same subject matter. Her works document the epoch of Mary’s Nativity, to her Coronation as Queen of Heaven, incorporating the same subtle symbols Giotto used to allude to her identity. Symbols such bowls, the colour ultramarine, bread, purple thread and scarlet veils which are peppered in the Master’s depictions of Mary are a staple of McGlynn’s own portrayals of the life of the Virgin. The underpaintings comprise of very literal drawings of these elements which are concealed by the painting process. In time, only ghosts of those initial illustrations remain. With contemporary painting influences informing her style and aesthetics, McGlynn’s practice is a synthesis of contemporary abstract oil painting with a series of personal reflections upon the concept of the Cult of the Virgin Mary.

2020 saw Eve McGlynn graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone with a First-Class Honours degree in Fine Art. Her work consists of abstract interpretations of Giotto's scenes from the life of the Virgin, by visually analysing and translating the historic frescoes into contemporary, abstract paintings.

Currently, Eve is artist in residence at Leith School of Art, where she continues to develop this body of work. Eve has also been awarded the RSA John Kinross scholarship, where she will undergo a three-month residency in Florence. Here, Eve will be working from the paintings and the landscapes that are at the core of her practice.

Selected Exhibitions