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Pinkie McClure

Artist Biography

I'm a stained glass artist inspired by medieval, allegorical art. I want to elevate stained glass to be an art form in its own right, rather than it always being subservient to architecture, religion or interior design. Although I can also make large architectural windows, I find that making light boxes, to be displayed on a wall like glowing paintings, allows me greater artistic freedom, intimacy and spontaneity.

As well as the traditional methods developed by medieval monks, I use layering, engraving, sandblasting, diamond filing, paints and inks to create depth and detail.


My goal is to make beautiful work with which to seduce the eye, but crucially, to deal with contemporary subject matter, telling darkly humorous stories from modern life.

I make both light boxes and architectural pieces, but I want to elevate stained glass to be a contemporary art form in its own right, rather than it  always being subservient to religion or interior design. I believe the storytelling power of stained glass has been forgotten, while the common assumption that it's a conservative art form clings on – this is what I want to challenge through my work.

"An Intimate Gathering' (2020) is a dream of a non-socially-isolated tea party, with a sly reference to Baroness Harding's 'cherry on the cake'."

"Black Friday and the Ghosts of Thrift' (2019) reflects upon the days when we used to save up all year to go to the department store for a new winter coat, then meet our friends for a nice cup of tea from a china cup. Nowadays, it's all fast-fashion, BOGOFs, single-use plastic bags and closing-down sales."

Selected Exhibitions 
Exhibitions

2021       An Tobar, Mull,group

2021       Craftspace UKTouring Exhibition, group

2020       Glass Lives,Northlands Creative, group

2020       Tatha GalleryChristmas Show, group

2020       Kilmorack Gallery, nr Inverness, group

2020       Henry Boxer@ OrleansHouse Gallery, London, group

2019       Outside In, PianoNobile, London, group

2019       Kilmorack Gallery,Beauly, group

2019       John Ruskin Prize,Holden Gallery Manchester, group

2019       Outsider Art Fair ,Henry Boxer Gallery, New York, USA, group

2018       ‘Art of Glass’National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK, group,

               curated bySarah Rothwell and Bryony Windsor.

2018/9   ‘Art of Glass’National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford, UK, group

2018        Outsider Art Fair ,Henry Boxer Gallery, New York, USA, group

2017        Outsider Art Fair ,Henry Boxer Gallery, New York, USA, group

2016-17  ‘Radical Craft’ ,Pallant House Chichester and touring, UK, group

               curated byCraftspace, Laura Hamilton and Outside In.)

2016        Perth Art Galleryand Museum, UK,  group

2016        Birnam Arts,Perthshire, UK, solo

2015        Scottish GlassSociety Coburg House Edinburgh, UK, group

 

Public Art

2018  Two windows celebratingthe life of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham,

         the Smith Art Gallerypermanent collection, Stirling UK.

2015  Memorial window forCharles Kennedy MP, Coul Parish Church, Fort William, UK

2012  Two large ’Tree of Life'windows, Muirhead of Liff Parish Church, Dundee, UK

2011  'The Family' stainedglass panel, Chalmers Sexual Health Clinic, Edinburgh, UK

 

Awards

Winner John Byrne Prize for Skill and Artistry, 2020

Shortlisted John Ruskin Prize, 2019

Shortlisted Jerwood Makers 2018

Winner,  Zealous Emerge CraftAward, 2018

Shortlisted, Fergusson Art Award 2013

Shortlisted,  Saltire SocietyArts and Architecture Award 2012

Shortlisted,  Jerwood Makers2011

 

National Museum of Scotland short film about mywork, 2018

https://www.nms.ac.uk/explore-our-collections/films/art-of-glass-on-film/

BBC Scotland Loop profile on Vimeo (password Pinkie) https://vimeo.com/332620753

 

Press

https://hifructose.com/2018/06/05/pinkie-maclures-stained-glass-work-explores-contemporary-issues/

https://www.scotsman.com/news/nms-show-set-to-shatter-some-myths-about-glass-1-4716742

https://news.artnet.com/market/12-great-works-outsider-art-fair-824870

https://hyperallergic.com/351467/from-curiosity-to-institution-the-outsider-art-fair-at-25/

https://brutforce.com/imagined-spaces-2017-outsider-art-fair/ 

Interview on BBC Radio 4 ‘Woman’s Hour’ feature about craft andmental health, 2016.