I'm a painter and award-winning illustrator, educated in Glasgow and Oxford, and now living between Scotland, England and France. My recent PhD research at the Ruskin School of Art/Oxford Internet Institute examines digital information use in contemporary visual art practice.
My paintings and drawings are held in a number of private collections around the world. My illustration work has been commissioned by a series of major fashion brands, record companies, bands, theatre companies and private clients. I'm always delighted to discuss commissions!
I'm proud to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of ArtCan and the Society of Scottish Artists.
I'm deeply interested in the dynamics of place and space including our experiences of the human relationships and digital and built environments that surround us.
I'm primarily a painter, working in oils on canvas, or oil paper. My paintings show how saturated, rich colour can be handled with sensitivity. Each painting is built up of many fine glazes over several weeks or months in order to create glowing colour in striking combinations, with moments of movement and stillness carefully balanced. I'm motivated by the natural world, travel, literature and ideas, the skies over Paris, my longing for social justice, the work of people I admire and the emotions of people I love.
Drawing is also a very important part of my practice, with most of my illustrations commissioned as lightfast ink linework carried out by fine nib or brush on archival-quality paper.
Photography and writing are supporting media that extend and feed into my paintings and drawings. I'm passionate about the artist community and my research writings investigate how artists' needs can and should be better met so that as many talented and committed individuals as possible can become and survive as artists.
Selected exhibitions, publications
2021 Prelude. ArtCan. 23 Feb - 23 April (group show)
2020 30x30, Society of Scottish Artists. 26 Nov 2020 - 21 Jan 2021 (group show)
2020 Quarantzine #2, (April) and #4 (June). Gaada, Shetland. http://www.gaada.org/quarantzine
2017 ‘Humans of Data’, installation, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2 Oct; and online at www.humansofdata.com
2013 ‘Laura Molloy: Shifting Focus’ (essay by Sam Maddra). Feminist Studies, vol. 39, issue 2. http://www.feministstudies.org/issues/vol-30-39/39-2.html
2007 ‘Working Drawing’, Pentagon Galleries, Glasgow (group show)
2003 ‘Lovelight’, Arches, Glasgow (solo show)
2002 ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’, 13th Note, Glasgow (solo show)
2000 ‘Electric City’, the Lighthouse, Glasgow (museum exhibition)