Larry McGinity -The Ancient Lovers

Larry McGinity The Ancient Lovers

For McGinity there is a connecting thread running through all his work over the last fifteen years, and here the Ancient Lovers stands out as pivotal, namely that it is his belief that art still has the ability, even the responsibility, to tell a story . The art historian Ian Chilvers wrote of The Ancient Lovers “ These bold paintings, often made up of brilliant areas of colour, have a decorative and sometimes abstract quality, though throughout his work you can find quixotic and whimsical references to other artists and genres. These artistic quotations give weight to the idea of painting as narrative. McGinity is not illustrating stories as such ; rather he creates human drama in a way that is rare in contemporary art.”

Biography
1956     Born Tunbridge Wells, Kent
1975 – 79 Read Politics and Modern History, then European Studies at Manchester University
1979 – 85 Became a salesman in newspaper advertising
1985 – 86 Gave up job, moved to Sienna, Tuscany. Taught English and studied Renaissance painting
1986 – 87 Began to paint and after one year mounted first solo exhibition
1992 – 98 Moved to Suffolk to paint - Solo shows in Germany, Switzerland, New York and London
1998 – 2019 Returned to Hackney, London where he has his studio.