Moyna Flannigan

Moyna Flannigan

Seated Woman, 2017, distemper on canvas, 150 x 120 cm


Moyna Flannigan


Living and working in Edinburgh, Moyna Flannigan is currently regarded as one of Scotland’s leading figurative painters. Her shrewd and ironic observations of modern humanity and society finds a focus in her work that is fully and assuredly her own. Flannigan paints portraits of fictitious figures in oil paints and watercolours. Some of her characters appear to be more or less everyday people, but others are disturbing or ambiguous in appearance, while still others are highly alluring. Instead of working from models or photographs, Flannigan’s fictitious characters arise from her imagination, vigorously nourished by her recollections of everyday life. Her earlier work entailed a search to identify a particular character and a notional context for the figure depicted, brought into the imaging of her characters are every kind of detail with regard to social status, class, family, and relationships and sex. These works are not portraits at all in fact, but visualisations of a collective consciousness. From the new series of collage works that Moyna Flannigan has developed over the past two years, a number of paintings have recently been developed that offer a new perspective on her consistent oeuvre. Again the woman is central, this time in a classic pose, with references to cubism and at the same time to a powerful image of the woman.


Moyna Flannigan (1963, Kirkcaldy, Scotland) studied at the Edinburgh College of Art and received her MFA at the Yale University School of Art. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United Kingdom and abroad, including the Scotland Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (UK, 2014), the Pizzuti Collection, Ohio (USA, 2012), Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (UK, 2010), Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow (UK, 2012), City Art Centre, Edinburgh (UK, 2012), Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (NL, 2011), Andy Warhol Museum (USA, 2010), Stephen Friedman Gallery, London (UK, 2009). 


AKINCI is proud to announce that together with Moyna Flannigan’s painting The Bather, also a monumental painting from the Tear Series has been acquired by Museum Arnhem for their collection.