What is it?
Headland (1) is a painting by Elizabeth Magill, who has enjoyed an exceptional reputation as a painter since she began exhibiting in the 1980s (she shows regularly with the Kerlin Gallery). The bare, silhouetted trees in the foreground are defined by a pale yellow glow and the shoreline background is likewise illuminated by an ethereal light. What could be a normal scene has a magical, phantasmagoric quality. Many of Magill’s landscapes reference the Glens of Antrim, where she grew up (she was born in Ontario and studied in Belfast and London, where she settled).
How was it done?
Like many of Magill’s recent works, Headland incorporates a screen-printed photographic image. She paints on to the screen-print in this case and others, usually with a non-naturalistic palette, and often allowing anomalous intrusions into representational convention. The results are both real and dreamlike. In other works