Marion McConaghie Artist Biography
Contemporary artist Marion McConaghie creates beautiful and intriguing imagery of animals, butterflies and insects. Her limited edition prints often explore natural history and pattern with a vintage twist, without losing a fresh and contemporary feel. Marion McConaghie grew up in rural Ireland and loved art from a young age. She studied Foundation Art at Nottingham University in the early 90's, took a few years out living in London, then moved to Brighton to study Fine Art Painting at Brighton University. She spent the first year of her degree painting but wanted to explore other areas so moved into installation art, photography, and video. Her degree led on to working in the creative fields of graphic design for print and web in order to earn a living. Outside of work, she continued developing her own style and starting to sell commercially. With my years of working in graphic design I feel I fuse together that experience with fine art, explains Marion. Her early work was taken on by a greetings card licensing agent, who Marion supplied with images for a few years. After her son was born, she had more time at home and managed to create a range of art printed onto old book pages that sold incredibly well online and were eventually taken on by a large department store. In 2012, Marion launched her range of mixed media paintings and fine art limited edition prints. She now works from a studio at home in Lewes, Sussex," I've got a cosy workspace in our utility room with all my materials and a Mac... It's warm and fairly light and I'll often get a visit from one of the cats who want to come and sit on the warm patch over the radiator on my work table". She has created a lot of photo montage pieces, though mixed media digital collage work, but more recently she has gone back to her roots, using paints, charcoal and pencil. She loves using patterns, "I tend to use lots of old traditional designs and wallpapers; they remind me of growing up in the 70's and the bizarre wallpapers that you could get back then". Marion McConaghie is inspired by the many years she has spent browsing through antique shops, car boots sales and so on, absorbing the imagery, patterns and designs of vintage curiosities. She loves blending these dusty places with a contemporary feel. Recently, her work has been influenced by the old encyclopaedias she collects which feature a lot of natural history and botanical illustrations. She also finds inspiration in interior design magazines, "I guess that helps me imagine how my work would look in different setting".Read our editorial featuring Marion McConaghie.