Morag Caister b. 1994 is a London based figurative-portrait artist working mostly in oils and pastel on paper and calico or raw canvas. Since graduating from the University of Brighton with a Painting BA in 2019 Caister has been shortlisted for awards, participated in competitions and art fairs, and has exhibited in the UK and abroad. In Tirana, Albania, she recently had her first solo show. Morag Caister is this years winner of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year.
Tender, truthful, touching. Morag Caister’s figures hold their spaces on the page with a truth that goes beyond mere slavish representation. Her characters are honest, open, engaged and, despite the fragmentation of colour from which they are composed, have a strange fullness and completeness about them that somehow allows you to understand them and their physicality in the space. Caister’s bodies are sparingly filled in, often floating, lost in the emptiness of the space that surrounds them, and her delicacy of touch, her understanding of, and sheer brilliance with line add up to something wholly persuasive and singularly seductive.
Kathleen Soriano (Independent Curator, Cultural Consultant, Broadcaster)
University of Brighton, BA, Painting, 2019
Brighton Metropolitan College, Foundation, Art & Design, 2014
Albania, Tirana, Gallery 70 - 'Looking For Peace' (Solo Exhibition)
Sweden, Stockholm, Gallery 70 - 'Supermarket Art Fair'
London, Blue Shop Cottage - 'Works on Paper 4'
London, The Truman Brewery - 'The Other Art Fair'
Warwickshire, Compton Verney Art Gallery - 'Portrait Artist of the Year: The Exhibition', curated by Kathleen Soriano
Rochdale, Touchstones Gallery; Sheffield, Millenium Gallery; Sunderland Museum - The Football Art Prize touring exhibition
Glyndebourne, Gallery 94 - 'Fairground I', curated by Nerissa Taysom
London, Mall Galleries - 'Figurative Art Now'
Brighton Fringe - 'ALTERED'
Glyndebourne Arts Festival, Gallery 94 - 'Forces of Nature', curated by Nerissa Taysom
Brighton Fringe - 'Artists Open Houses'
London, Ruth Borchard Collection - 'Self-Portrait Prize 2021'
London, Blue Shop Cottage - 'Works on Paper 3'
London Paint Club - 'Fresh Perspectives', curated by Kelly Foster
Glyndebourne, Gallery 94 - 'Fairground', curated by Nerissa Taysom
London, Mall Galleries - 'ING Discerning Eye 2020'
Albania, Tirana, Destil Arts Centre - 'Allie, Joe, Morag'
London, The Truman Brewery - 'Free Range'
Brighton, The University of Brighton - 'Degree Show'
Hove Museum - 'Material Practices'
Albania, Tirana, Destil Arts Centre - '…&…'
Prizes & Shortlists
Portrait Artist of the Year, UK, 2022 (winner)
Partnership Editions Open Call, UK, 2022 (winner), selected by Yomi Adegoke
The Football Art Prize, UK, 2022 (shortlist)
EROS Award, The Curators, New York/France, 2021 (winner), selected by Diana Widmaier Picasso
Self-Portrait Prize, Ruth Borchard Collection, UK, 2021 (shortlist)
Portrait Artist of the Year, UK, 2020 (semi-finalist)
The National Portrait Gallery, London 2023
Cecconi's Bicester Village, Soho House, 2022
Brighton Beach House, Soho House, 2022