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1998-1999 MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London
1995-1997 BA (Hons) Fine Art, Solihull College, Birmingham
New Work, Opus, 16 Shakespeare Street, Newcastle upon Tyne
New Work, Eyestorm Britart Gallery, Milan, Italy
New Work, Eyestorm Britart Gallery, Ipswich
New Work, Eyestorm Britart Gallery, Exeter
New Paintings, Eyestorm / Britart, 18 Maddox Street, London
The Royle Variety Show, Notting Hill Arts Club, Notting Hill Gate, London
EastEnders, The Centre of Attention, 15 Cotton’s Gardens, London
Selected Group Exhibitions
Stone.Plate.Grease.Water, Museum for Modern Art for Wales, Machynlleth
scope LONDON, Truman Brewery, London
Sensuous Panorama, Lounge, London
Castellón Painting Prize, Municipal Art Centre of Alcorcon, Madrid, Spain
RCA Secret 2005, Royal College of Art, London
II International Painting Prize of the Castellon County Council, Espai D’Art Contemporani De Castello, Spain
Art 2005, Eyestorm / Britart at the Business Design Centre, London
Bob’s Your Uncle, Eyestorm, 547 West 27th Street, New York
Vector Vecteur, L'Espace d'animation des Blancs Manteaux, Paris
Mothers, Oxford House, London
Love N Bullets, Transition, London
Science Fiction: Double Feature, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham
Lexmark European Art Prize, Eyestorm Gallery, London
Josie McCoy & Mimei Thompson, QUODart, Brighton
BP Portrait Award 2003, National Portrait Gallery, London, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen
Pop Culture, Beatrice Royal, Eastleigh
Don’t you forget about me, Studio Voltaire, London
New Directions: Art vs Mainstream Visual Culture, Plinth, The Cube, Leeds
Faces, Mark Jason Fine Art, 71 New Bond Street, London
14 x 14, Century Gallery, London
The Painting Class, The Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, London
BP Portrait Award 2002, National Portrait Gallery, London, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen
Beauty's where you find it, Britart Gallery, London
Golden, Britart Gallery, 60-62 Commercial Street, London
Viva la Republique, The Centre of Attention, London
Hunting Art Prizes 2002, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London
14 x 14, Mafuji Gallery, London
Art is Dead, Britart Gallery, London
RWA Open Painting Exhibition 2001, RWA, Bristol
BP Portrait Award 2001, National Portrait Gallery, London, Sheffield Galleries, Sheffield
Art 2001, Britart at the Business Design Centre, London
Salon The Centre of Attention Painting Prize, Identity UK, London
Artfutures, The Barbican Centre, London
Mighty Real, Dazed and Confused Gallery, Old Street, London
Cable and Wireless Head Office, Theobalds Road, London
BP Portrait Award 2000, National Portrait Gallery and Aberdeen Art Gallery
Rowe and Maw, Fleet Place, London
Directions 2000, The Lethaby Gallery, London
Artfutures, Royal Festival Hall, London
Marks and Spencers Head Office Figurative Show, Baker Street, London
MA Degree Show, Central Saint Martins, London
Secret Lives, Axiom Arts Centre, Cheltenham
News BBC2, interviewed by Sean Brickell.16 March 2003.
Dislocation with Notting Hill Arts Club, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Bulls and Bears, ITV, interviewed by Amy Gebler 2 April 2002.
Centre of Attention Magazine: The Video Issue, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Galapagos, New York, The Green Room, London
Mangiarotti, Anna. ‘Cosi ho ritratto I’idillio dark delle dame di Wisteria Lane’ Il Giorno, 11 February 2006.
Illera, Lotte. ‘Second Glance: Paintings by Josie McCoy’ Bolz, Issue 6 2004
‘Ever-increasing Artistic Circles’ The Scotsman, 10 December 2002.
Edwards, Charlotte. ‘Dalston Underground Studios’ Art Review, July/August 2002.
Aitch, Iain. ‘Soap on Canvas’ Wish, April 2002.
Dunning, Matthew. ‘A Brush with Fame’ Fable, February 2002.
‘TV Heaven’ AN for Artists, October 2001.
Greenstreet, Roseanna. ‘Questionnaire – Q & A Josie McCoy’, The Guardian (Weekend magazine), 12 May 2001.
‘Painting Prize’ Tema Celeste Contemporary Art, March/April 2001.
‘More Prizes’ Artnotes Art Monthly, February 2001.
‘Mighty Real’ Dazed and Confused, November 2000.
Fletcher, Victoria. ‘Bianca’s return as the face of modern art’ Sunday Express, 19 September 1999.
Pugh, Simon. ‘Eastend Girl’ Review (London Institute), 1999
Prizes and awards
Woo Charitable Foundation Arts Bursary
Royal West of England Academy Open Painting Exhibition 2001 - commended
The Centre of Attention Painting Prize – first prize
Collection of University of Wales
The Centre of Attention Permanent Collection
The Borchard Collection of British Self-Portraits in the 20th Century
I am currently working on a series of paintings and lithographs inspired by the idea
of the ‘American Dream’, and the inevitable darker subtext that is present in any
Using oil paint like watercolour, I build up the painting in thin layers to make the
surface glow - an imitation of a television screen. The unearthly colours accentuate
this. The green hue references traditional techniques of painting, where green was
used as under-painting to give luminosity to the surface colour.
Painting offers a version of reality in the same way as films do. Working from
photographs of the television screen allows me to paint an isolated, spontaneous
moment, which the character hasn’t specifically performed for. I paint portraits of
these unreal moments. I pare down the image to include only the information
required for the character to be recognisable and for their expression to be conveyed
to the audience. The viewer is presented with a split second of time, suspended in