LONDON - With Sotheby’s selling works to benefit Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery in the Contemporary Day Auction on 2 July, artist Elizabeth Magill outlines what Ikon means to her.

 


What does Ikon mean to you?

Ikon means seeing an artist’s work at their best.

What is the work you have in the sale?

It’s a painting called Unknowns, typical in tone or mood of my paintings, but with a figurative composition.


ELIZABETH MAGILL, UNKNOWNS, 2009-15. £3,500–4,500. COURTESY THE ARTIST, WILKINSON GALLERY AND KERLIN GALLERY. PHOTO BY STUART WHIPPS.

Does the work have any significance in relation to Ikon?

Its title has a loose reference to an exhibition Jonathan Watkins curated in Seoul 2009, called Known Unknowns, with five artists he had previously worked with at Ikon, Birmingham.

If you could offer advice to your younger self what would it be?

Cheer up.

What do you think the next 50 years will hold for Ikon?

If its 50-year legacy is any indication, then I believe Ikon will continue to show artists at pivotal points in their practice.


ELIZABETH MAGILL SNAPS A PICTURE IN FRONT OF A MARTIN CREED PHOTOGRAPH.

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02 July 2015 | London