The international art scene knows something about one of our own: Elizabeth McDonald is one of the most promising up and coming young American artists to hit the scene in some time and bears watching.
At 25, McDonald received her first major accolades, when she won the Young Artist Award at the BP Portrait Competition during the 2010 Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. McDonald's work is currently featured in the 2011 National Portrait Gallery in London's book, "500 Portraits". She was shortlisted for the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize 2010 and has exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. Stateside, she is the youngest artist to have work in the permanent collection of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.
McDonald's work explores the marriage of reality and fiction and the balance between dissonance and beauty. Viewers are allowed to experience a multitude of possibilities through the other-worldly anecdotal quality of her paintings.
A native of Plano, McDonald earned her BFA at the University of North Texas and her MFA at the Glasgow School of Art in the United Kingdom.
Meet McDonald during opening night for the exhibition "fresh nostalgia" on Saturday, January 14th 7-10pm. Through February 8th at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios, 107 S Tennessee in McKinney, Texas. Gallery Hours: Mon-Sat 1-5pm, 2nd Saturday 1-10pm or by appointment. Free admission. 214.914.3630. www.lauramooreart.com