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Mairi Timoney

Mairi Timoney - painter
"I’m fascinated by the way simple shapes and forms can be built up and pieced together to create a unique place with an individual story"

Mairi Timoney is a Scottish visual artist. She has studied at both the Edinburgh College of Art and at L’Ecole Superieure Des Arts Decoratifs in Strasbourg, France and is currently living and working in Edinburgh.

Space and Environment

Timoney draws inspiration from architectural structures she encounters whilst travelling and in her daily life. She creates minimalist, geometric constructions that provide only a hint to their intended form, while the inclusion of objects instead of humans gives the work its suggestive and quiet atmosphere.

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A Process of Colour and Form

Timoney begins any work by deciding on the principal colour palette. She will usually cover the entire board in paint or leave parts of the wood exposed and then tape off certain sections so that she can begin to apply the different colours. She fills the spaces with patterned paper and forms which build up the image and create a sense of environment and narrative. She explores textures and layered surfaces with materials such as enamel, cork, silicone and perspex.

Scottish Success

Timoney has exhibited her work in prestigious institutions such as The Whitechapel Gallery in London and both the National Gallery of Modern Art and The Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2017, Timoney was selected as a finalist for The Carlo Bonatto Minella Art Prize and as a winner was granted a solo exhibition at the Galeria Blanca Soto in Madrid.  


Mixed Media

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  • 2017
    Carlo Bonatto Minella Art Prize - Nominated– Turin, Italy
  • 2017
    The Silvana Editoriale Award- Winner– Turin, Italy
  • 2017
    Galeria Blanca Soto Award - Winner– Madrid, Spain
  • 2017
    The Edinburgh Visual Artists Award- Winner– Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 2013
    The University of Edinburgh Barnson Bequest Award- Winner– Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Group exhibitions

  • 2018
    'Capri Summer' / Via Le Botteghe 56 – Capri, Italy
  • 2017
    VAU Annual Members Show / Crownpoint Gallery – Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 2017
    The Art Prize CBM Finalists Show / Cripta Di San Michele Arcangelo – Turin, Italy
  • 2017
    'Outlines' / Urban Art Gallery – Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 2016
    The Annual Open Exhibition / The Royal Scottish Academy – Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 2016
    'Oh Buoy' / Out of The Blue Drill Hall – Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 2016
    'Paper by Curatorial & Co' / Depot II – Sydney, Australia
  • 2016
    The Affordable Art Fair / Nacka Strandsmässan – Stockholm, Sweden

Solo exhibition

  • 2018
    'Sight Lines' / Galeria Blanca Soto Arte – Madrid, Spain



  • 2017
    George Watsons College Artist in Residence - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 2016
    Edinburgh College of Art Artist in Residence - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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