Colin McMaster

Colin McMaster

London, London, United Kingdom

About Colin McMaster

I was born in Belfast in the 70s and after studying at Central St.Martins, have continued to live and work in London. I paint stereotypes rather than individuals, meshing references from the photographic storyboards of romantic comics and their heightened sense of melodrama, with the more sinister undertones of American film noir and pulp crime novels.

The subjects are superficially attractive but there is an underlying sense of their narcissism and perhaps even their engagement in acts which the viewer is compelled to interpret as illicit. As a result, the viewer is cast as a voyeur, the perception of what's taking place in the paintings suspended in a double take, in an ambivalence between observation and accusation.

Stylistically, the work owes much to the Pop Art movement. The smoothness of the picture surface and the mannequin-like quality of the figures heightens the feeling of artifice and blurs our sense of looking at a painted image.

I usually work on panels of wood veneer, framed in linen - a reversal of the traditional materials used. Although recently I have tried to incorporate a more 3-dimensional aspect to my work, producing cut-out paintings assembled from different types of wood veneer cut and glued together, alongside flatly painted segments.


BA Degree in Fine Art at Central St.Martins


Work installed in Savile Row Tailor's, Richard James

Work auctioned at English National Ballet Ball

Painting auctioned as part of Ken Livingstone Fundraising Campaign

Nixon Artmosh, London – Shoreditch Studios

Trust in Art - Selected Irish artist shown in Hillsborough Castle, as part of Irish Arts Forum and Princes Trust Charity
Selfridges Window - Part of month long display to public at Selfridges department store, Old Trafford Centre, Manchester

Futuremap 2000 - The London Institute Gallery, Davies St. Work drawn from the years degree shows
Winner of the Royal Ulster Academy Student Prize 1999. Exhibited at the Ulster Museum, Belfast.


Group Show, Kunstmuseum in Bochum, Germany,
Collection of Frank Hense, 2014
Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition 2014
Art Gemini Prize Finalists Exhibition, 2013, London

Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum -2011
Group Show at The Asylum, Caroline Gardens, South London Arts week- 2011

Work selected for The Davy Portrait Awards, touring Ireland - 2010
Apart Gallery 10th Anniversary Show – 2010

Solo show at Molesworth Gallery, Dublin – 2008

Art2008/7/6 and 2005, Islington Design Centre, London
Solo Show at Merchant Hotel, Belfast – 2007

Affordable Art Fair - New York, Miami, Bristol, Glasgow, London