This catalogue was published to coincide with the artist's solo exhibition Life, 1 - 25 June 2011.
Ishbel Myerscough creates meticulously observed paintings of friends and family, self-portraits, and domestic still life arrangements. She studied at Glasgow and the Slade Schools of Art. After winning the National Portrait Gallery’s annual BP Portrait Award competition in 1995 she was commissioned to paint Helen Mirren’s portrait for the collection, and subsequently Sir Willard White.
Myerscough is interested in pimples, wrinkles, puckers, tattoos, moles, freckles, bulges, veins, hair, skin colour, stretchmarks - all the things, in fact, that we edit out of our body images. Everything she finds, she records. The works in this catalogue encourage the viewer to elaborate on the lives of the subjects; their age, stage in life, birth, grief and banality.
This publication includes an essay by Sue Hubbard.