“Anne Magill is a witness, who bears testimony to a series of infinitely still and silent human scenes by means of her painting. The great power of her work is her Hopper-like genius to compel us to weave a story, conjured from our own repertoire about these scenes. Though we do not know the men or women we feel we recognise them, as they stand gazing at an event we cannot see or walking, face hidden under a hat, towards a destination of which we are unaware… Standing entranced before one of her paintings we become convinced that we will understand, eventually, the human truth which inspired the image.”

Josephine Hart

Anne Magill was born in Co. Down Northern Ireland in 1962. She studied in Liverpool before moving to London to complete her degree at St. Martin’s School of Art. After graduating in 1984, Anne Magill worked as an illustrator where she quickly built a reputation for her evocative drawings in charcoal and pastel, winning the B&H Gold Illustration Awards four times. Alongside her work as a commercial artist, she started to experiment with more intimate charcoal drawings based on memories reflecting her time spent with the army in Belfast, at Greenham Common and in Paris during her studies. The rapid, reportage drawings she made during this time became the precursor to a mature style in which her highly atmospheric paintings are built from anonymous, intimate images, appearing like memories frozen in time.


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2021 Walking The Land, Cromwell Place & John Martin Gallery, London
2019 A Sense of Someone, John Martin Gallery, London
2011 Anne Magill at Bourdon House, Dunhill, London
2011-19 The Concorde Room, British Airways & JFK, New York
2010 / 11 Journeys, Heartbreak, London
2008 Art London with Heartbreak, London
2008 Art London with Medici Gallery, London
2007 Anne Magill, Medici Gallery, London
2005 Anne Magill, Medici Gallery, London
2003 Anne Magill, Medici Gallery, London
2001 Anne Magill, Medici Gallery, London
1998 Anne Magill, Philharmonic Hall Gallery, Liverpool
1997 Anne Magill, Medici Gallery, London
1997 A Special Place II, Hybrid Gallery, London
1997 Anne Magill – New Paintings, J Walter Thompson Gallery, London
1996 A Special Place, Hybrid Gallery
1996 Anne Magill, Medici Gallery, London
1996 Mirror of the Soul, The Chapel of Art Gallery, Criccieth, Wales
1996 Arts of Work, Chelsea Art Club
1994 Anne Magill, Medici Gallery, London
1994 Anne Magill – New Work, Talberg Taylor Gallery
1994 Winter’s Morning, Equus Gallery, Newmarket
1992 Anne Magill – New Work, Talberg Taylor Gallery
1992 Men, Davies London
1992 Anne Magill, AOI Gallery



1981 – 84 1:1 Hons degree illustration, St. Martin’s School of Art, London
1980 – 81 Foundation Course, Liverpool Polytechnic (now Sir John Moore’s College)



1992 B&H Gold Illustration Awards – First Prize
1991 B&H Gold Illustration Awards – Highly commended
1984 B&H Gold Illustration Awards – Highly commended
1983 B&H Gold Illustration Awards – Highly commended
1981 Design Council Award – Highly commended