Nadine Mahoney b.1981 London. Currently working Brooklyn New York

The paintings take portraiture as a point of departure, and instantly reject the confines of ‘likeness’. The forms are ‘nobody’ in particular but a combination of things seen and felt, where faces and bodies become vehicles for expression. Building on a hierarchy that is loaded both structurally and conceptually, the works playfully excavate this canon of art history, from detached marks that create personality, to the visceral impact when the face is either celebrated or attacked. Clothing is constructed as an interchangeable structure that can support or conceal, whilst foreground and background become open forms communicating an atmosphere or energy. The childlike exuberance within the palette and material is countered with a quietness of the subject matter. The figure is found alone/ sleeping / resting, whilst navigating feelings and places. Paint is handmade and densely pigmented creating velvety areas that invite an intimate gaze, more aligned to a sculptural encounter than image-based cognition. The handling of paint and focus on materiality, re enforce the notion that the image is ‘felt’ rather than ‘read.’ This materiality extends to subject matter, as the alchemy and fluidity of paint mirrors a shifting expression of identity and self.
Her works have  been described as ‘exquisitely capturing the energy of her apparent muse‘ -ArtLyst; ‘compelling and charged with emotion‘ -Jotta; ‘ultimately transcendant‘ -Christies


2009-2011 MFA Fine Art Painting, Slade School of Art, UCL

2002-2005 BA (hons) Fine Art Painting, Chelsea College of Art, UAL

2000-2001 Foundation Fine Art Diploma Chelsea College of Art, UAL



2015 Beers London, Contemporary Visions, Shortlisted

2012 The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Shortlisted, (selected by Stephen Coppell, Kate Macfarlene, Lisa Milroy)

2011 The Threadneedle Prize, Finalist (selected by Godfrey Worsdale, Julie Lomax, Lisa Milroy)

2011 The Salon Art Prize, Matt Roberts Arts, Shorlisted

2010 Marmite Painting Prize, Shortlisted


Select Exhibitions:

2017: Residency Showcase, Con Art Gallery, Manhattan, New York Opens Sep 20th

2017: Bearings, NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY

2017: Heads, Java Project Brooklyn, NY

2016: Mothership, Sawmills,London – touring to Bruton Art Factory, Somerset

2015: Re Launch, University College London Art Museum

2015: Pause, Studio 4, Chisenhale Studios, CAP

2014: Art Car Boot Fair, Folkestone

2014: The New Georgians, Orleans House Gallery

2013: Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Art

2013: New British, Lloyds Club

2012: Jerwood Drawing Prize, JVA Jerwood Space -touring to MAC Birmingham, Jerwood Hastings

2012: Salon III, Smokehouse Gallery

2012: Without Walls Chisenhale Art Place, London

2012 Threadneedle Space Mall Galleries, London

2012 De(Constructions) Rollo Gallery, London

2012 Wunderkammer Hoxton Art Gallery, London

2012 New Painting North House Gallery, Colchester, Essex

2011 Crash Salon Charlie Dutton Gallery, London

2011 Salon II Smokehouse Gallery, London

2011 Threadneedle Prize Mall Galleries, London

2011 Salon 2011 Mat Roberts Gallery, London

2011 Slade MA/MFA Show Slade School of Fine Art, UCL

2011 Found: Kettles Yard Pop Up Shop Brompton Garage, London

2011 Moreover The Strang Print Room, UCL Art Musuem

2010 Marmite Prize for Painting Central Art Gallery Tameside touring to Nunnery London 2011

2010 Views from The Edge View Tube, Olympic Site, Stratford, London

2010 ReCollections Portsea Place, London

2010-2011 Art in Focus: Black and White Flower Painting touring to St Mary’s Hospital 2011

2010 Istanbul was Constantinople Hush Gallery, Istanbul



2017 Painting Residency, Con Arts, Manhattan, New York

2011 -2012 Research Residency UCL Art Musuem, London

2011 Artist in Residence Kardo-Findlater Collection, Kennington

2010 & 2011 Artist in Residence Heal’s Store, London


Talks & Workshops:

2017 Artist Talk & Workshop, Residency Unlimited, New York

2015 Guest Speaker, UCL Art Museum

2015 Panelist, Into The Wild, Chisenhale Studios

2014 Lead Artist: Portraiture, Distortion & Identity, Courtauld Institute & Davenant Foundation School

2012 Visiting Artist Drawing over the colour line, Equiano Centre, University College London

2012 Lead Artist Stories of the World, Courtauld Institute of Art Public Programmes

2011 Joint Commissioned Artist Courtauld Institute of Art Public Programmes

2010 Olympic Site Printing Workshop supported by Princes Drawing School

2010 Visiting Artist The Animation Workshop, Viborg, Denmark

2010 Lead Artist Summer Print Weekend at Courtuald Institute of Art



2016: Life As a Human Blog, Review Mothership 

2012: We Are Conran Blog Old Bengal Warehouse

2012 ArtLyst Review London Art Exhibitions

2012 Shoreditch Radio Wunderkamma at Hoxton Art

2011 BBC News online Female Artist top Threadneedle

2011 Jotta Degree Shows Slade School of FineArt

2011 Living Etc. (Painting Featured in Gelato Colours), May 2011

2011 Time Out, No.2001, Slade at Heals interview and critics choice, (January 27th-Feb2nd 2011)

2011 Creative Review Blog, The Slade at Heals



Master As Muse (article) Goya: Teaching Resource, Courtauld Institute London

In Company (article) Peter Lely: Teaching Resource, Courtauld Institute London

Land, Touch, Body, Weight UCL Woburn Graduate Research

ReCollection Exhibition catalogue with introduction by Dr Ed Winters

Hot and Cold Slade Graduate Painting Publication

Nadine Mahoney: Heal’s Bicentenary Residency Catalogue