Ellie MacGarry

Your Hand Is A Warm Stone

April 10, 2021–May 8, 2021


Steve Turner is pleased to present Your Hand Is A Warm Stone, a solo online exhibition by London-based Ellie MacGarry. It will consist of ten new paintings which depict cropped details of the body; garments, pockets and openings. They consider physical intimacy with one’s own body, with the hand recurring as a comforting, protective or expressive tool.

Ellie MacGarry (born 1991, Cambridge) earned an MA at the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2018) after earning a BFA at the University of Leeds (2014). She had a solo exhibition at Daniel Benjamin Gallery, London (2019) and has had works in numerous group exhibitions in Europe and the United Kingdom since 2013. Your Hand Is A Warm Stone is MacGarry's first exhibition with Steve Turner and her first in the United States.

Ellie MacGarry creates paintings which depict cropped details of the body–garments, pockets and openings. They consider physical intimacy with one’s own body, with the hand recurring as a comforting, protective or expressive tool.


1991, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Lives and works in London

Education
2018
MFA, Slade School of Fine Art, London

2014
BFA, University of Leeds, England

2013
l’ESADMM (l école supérieure d'arts et de design Marseille-Méditerranée), France

2010
Cambridge Regional College

Solo Exhibitions
2021
Your Hand Is A Warm Stone, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2019
Come Undone, Daniel Benjamin Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions
2020
Untitled (But Loved), Bosse and Baum, London

2019
I know that you know, Wells Project Space, London
Sensitive Matter, Bridget Riley Studios, London
Testing, Unit 3 Projects, London

2018
In Hiding, Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU, Hong Kong
Oh she does like to be beside the seeside, Spanish City, Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
Graduate Degree Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London

2017
Imagen Vibratoria, bajo el paraguas de su reproduccion, Museo Nahim Isaias, Guayaquil, Ecuador
Slade Interim Show, Slade School of Fine Art, London
on plon air, 12ø collective, London
Steal the show, Bentinck Street, Glasgow

2016
Fresh 'n' Frozen, 12ø collective, London
Copeland Collective, Copeland Park, London
Prod + Push, Sunny Bank Mills, Leeds
HOT DESK, London
Are you ready?, Caravan, Manchester
S/S 18, Unna Way, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Visual Candy, Assembly House, Leeds
Part of the Furniture, Tall Boys, Leeds

2015
Cascading Relevant Information, CBS at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
Sluice, Bargehouse Gallery, OXO Tower Wharf, London
Bankley Open, Bankley Gallery, Manchester
Manchester Contemporary, Old Granada Studios, Manchester
Plus One, Assembly House Project Space, Leeds
Tracing Paper, Paper Gallery, Manchester
Edible Painting (an event as part of Painting in Time), The Tetley, Leeds
Contemporary British Abstraction, SE9 Container Gallery, London
Overseasoned part deux, Salt + Powell @ Artemis House, York, United Kingdom

2014
Leeds Revisited, Big Gallery, Dortmund, Germany
Surfacing, Leeds
Graduate Residency Exhibition, Patrick Studios, East Street Arts, Leeds
Pareidolla, Pluspace, Coventry, United Kingdom
_Matters, Leeds University Degree Show 2014, University of Leeds
OVERTIME: Art and the Office, curated by SEIZE, Wellington Street, Leeds

2013
Evident Resident II, Galerie MAD, Marseille

Residencies and Awards
2018
Artist in Residence, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University
Melville Nettleship Prize, Slade School of Fine Art, London
Slade Summer School Artist in Residence, London
Felix Slade Scholarship, Slade School of Fine Art, London

2015
Tracing Paper Mentorship, Paper Gallery, Manchester

2014
Berkofsky Arts Award, University of Leeds
Ben Read Graduate Acquisition Fund, University of Leeds, Leeds City Art Gallery
East Street Arts Graduate Residency, Leeds

Bibliography
2019
Benson, Louise. “Ellie MacGarry Rewrites the Body With Tan Lines and a Fulle Bush,” Elephant Magazine, April 1

2017
Mead, Robert. Terraform, Issue 2

2014
Churchill, Jessie. “Painting as object,” Looking At Painting, Volume 1