Elizabeth McGrath


Elizabeth McGrath

Infobox Artist
name = Elizabeth (Bloodbath) McGrath


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birthname = Elizabeth McGrath
location = Hollywood, California
deathdate =
deathplace =
nationality = American
field = Oil on Canvas / Mixed Media / Sculpture
training = Self Educated
movement = Lowbrow / Pop Surreal
works =
patrons =
influenced by = Religion / Music Video / Edward Gorey
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awards =

Elizabeth McGrath (born in 1971, Hollywood, California) is an artist based in California who works primarily in the fields of sculpture and animation. Her work is often evocative of the darker side of life, and she has been nicknamed Bloodbath McGrath after the subject matter of her works. Along with her career in art, McGrath also is the lead singer of the Los Angeles-born band Miss Derringer along with her husband/songwriter Morgan Slade.

History

McGrath was born in Hollywood and raised in Echo Park and Altadena, California. At the age of 13 she was sent to a Fundamentalist Baptist correctional institution called the Victory Christian Academy, and credits that for much of the inspiration for her artwork. [ [http://www.tlchicken.com/view_story.php?ARTid=327 Interview: Tastes Like Chicken] ] [ [http://www.bizarremag.com/entertainment/heroes/7212/elizabeth-mcgrath.html At Home With Elizabeth McGrath: Bizarre Magazine] ] She later attended Pasadena City College.

She frequently uses different resins, oil and acrylic paints, wood, roofing tar, foam, old leather and fur jackets, cloth, feathers and armature wire to create her unique sculptures. Drawing influences from such diverse areas as organized religion, carnivals, Edward Gorey, Erte and the punk rock movement, McGrath's work is often morbid but always thought-provoking.

McGrath began her career in art by making flyers for her punk band Tongue and creating a fanzine called "Censor This", a collective effort with several other artists. Local music video director Fred Stuhr was impressed by her work and hired her as an art director for stop-motion animated videos and commercials [ [http://mfnd.org/forum/comments.php?DiscussionID=19 Interview: Faith in Art] ] . Through the techniques and knowledge that he imparted to her, she began to develop her own style of sculpture. Her first showing was at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Hollywood. She currently shows at their new gallery, Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City, California.

McGrath was one of the guests to attend the wedding of Jessicka and Christian Hejnal of Scarling. on October 13, 2007 in Los Angeles. Her wedding gift was a dozen little rabbit centerpieces, each ghoulish bunny elaborately attired in top hat, polka dots and pink lace collar. [ [http://www.latimes.com/features/lifestyle/la-ig-goth28oct28,1,2276757.story "This bride definitely wears black"] Los Angeles Times October 28, 2007]

Work

Books

* [http://www.amazon.com/dp/0867196386/ Everything that Creeps - Liz McGrath] Citation
last = Elizabeth
first = McGrath
title = Everything that Creeps
url=http://www.amazon.com/Everything-That-Creeps-Elizabeth-McGrath/dp/0867196386/
access-date = 2007-06-21
]

Articles

* [http://www.bizarremag.com/entertainment/heroes/7212/elizabeth-mcgrath.html At Home With Elizabeth McGrath - Bizarre Magazine] Citation
last = Bizarre Magazine
first =
title = At Home With Elizabeth McGrath
url=http://www.bizarremag.com/entertainment/heroes/7212/elizabeth-mcgrath.html
access-date = 2008-07-17
]

* [http://www.dangerousink.co.uk/issue1/mcgrath_interview.html Liz McGrath Is Real - Dangerous Ink Magazine] Citation
last = Dangerous Ink
first =
title = Liz McGrath Is Real
url=http://www.dangerousink.co.uk/issue1/mcgrath_interview.html
access-date = 2008-07-06
]

* [http://www.juxtapoz.com/jux/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=170&Itemid=62/ Interwoven Show - Juxtapoz Magazine] Citation
last = Juxtapoz
first =
title = Interwoven
url=http://www.juxtapoz.com/jux/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=170&Itemid=62
access-date = 2006-02-13
]

* [http://www.juxtapoz.com/jux/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=698&Itemid=50/ Charity by Numbers - Juxtapoz Magazine] Citation
last = Juxtapoz
first =
title = Charity by Numbers
url=http://www.juxtapoz.com/jux/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=698&Itemid=50
access-date = 2007-02-1
]

* [http://www.juxtapoz.com/jux/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=706&Itemid=62/ The Treasures of Long Gone John - Juxtapoz] Citation
last = Juxtapoz
first =
title = The Treasures of Long Gone John
url=http://www.juxtapoz.com/jux/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=706&Itemid=62
access-date = 2007-02-9
]

Exhibitions

Solo shows:

* Altarwise by Owl Light, 10 December- 14 January 2005, Billy Shire Fine ArtsCitation
last = Billy Shire Fine Arts
first =
title = Alterwise by Owl Light
url=http://www.billyshirefinearts.com/05mcgrath/4poodles.html
access-date = 2007-06-21
]

* Everything That Creeps, July 5 2002, La Luz De Jesus Gallery

Selected Group Shows:

* "HATE THE LIVING", March 25 2007 Victory studios, Studio City

* "THE TREASURES OF LONG GONE JOHN", February 3 2007 Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana [Group Showing in Santa Ana [http://www.ocweekly.com/culture/arts/john-long-gone/26637/] ]

* "JUXTAPOZ group art show 2006", March 24-March 25, OX-OP, Minneapolis

* "Salon Style", April 6 -May 1, the Shooting Gallery, San Francisco

* "NACHTSCHATTENGEWAECHS", February 7 - March 7, STRYCHNIN, Berlin

* "Art on the Frontier", Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, Florida

* Monsters A GO GO, 15 October to Nov. 2004, Roq La Rue, Seattle

* Juxtapoz NYC Group art show, October 2 2004, Fuse Gallery, New York

* "Ghost Town", a group art show, October, Tin Man Alley, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

* "Illuminated Delusions", September 2004, M Modern Gallery, Palm Springs, California

* "Nightmare on 18th Street", 30 October, hosted by the Pandemonium Collective, at the 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, California

* MF Gallery's 2nd Annual Halloween group Show, 10 September - 2 November 2004, MF Gallery, New York

* benefit group show for the West Memphis Three, October 1 2004, at Perihelion Arts, Phoenix, Arizona

* "Qeedrophonic", a group art show featuring the Qee figure, October 14, Tokyo

* October 2004 at Tower framing and design gallery, Sacramento, California

* 00 Artists See Satan, July 3 - September 19, a group art show at the Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, California

* "Characters by Design", July 7-July 31, a group art show at the Grey Matters Gallery, Dallas, Texas

* "Motherhome of the Dolly Bird", July 8 – August 8 at the Shooting Gallery, San Francisco, California

* "Queedrophonic", a group art show, July 10 – August 10 at the Ox-Op Gallery, Minneapolis

* "50 Caliber", July 10 – August 10, a group show at Tower framing and design gallery, Sacramento, California

* "Rated XX Group Show", April 3 2004, Ox Op, Minneapolis

* "The Rawk Art Show", March 10 2004, Gallery Lombardi, Austin, Texas

* "Sirens", March 6 2004, C-Pop Gallery, Detroit, Michigan

* 7th Annual Group Show, March 5 2004, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Hollywood

* "In Honor of the the Beheading of St. Valentine", February 7 2004, Copro/Nason Fine Art Gallery, Culver City, California

* "Big Men in Little Cars", January 10 2004, Tin Man Alley, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

* "Toy Show", November 2003, MF Gallery, New York

* "The Greatest Album Covers that Never Were", October 11 2003, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, California

* "The Haunted Doll House", October 4 2003, co-curated by Liz Mcgrath, Copro/Nason Fine Art Gallery, Culver City, California

* "Paintings and Sculptures with Helen Garber", September 13 2003, Roshambo Winery, Healdsburg, California

* "Woodstock Tattoo and Body Arts Festival", September 5 2003, Hawthorn Gallery Modern Art Visonary Exhibit, Woodstock, New York
* "Cruel and Unusual: A Benefit for the West Memphis Three", September 6 2003, Six Space Gallery, Los Angeles, California

* "Rude G! Murder Mystery Mayhem: A Fundraiser for Rude Guerrilla Theater Company", September 13 2003, Rude Guerrilla Theater Company, Santa Ana, California

* "High On Life: Transcending Addiction", October 3 2002 - August 2003, The American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland

* "Vicious Delicious and Ambitious", June 2 2003, FUSE GALLEY, New York

* "Ed Big Daddy Roth Tribute", July 12 – 29 August 2003, Copro/Nason Fine Art Gallery, Culver City, California

* "Feathered Friends", July 3 2003, MOTEL, Portland, Oregon

* "Lovely: A Benefit Group Show for 'Youth Speaks'", 2 August 2003, Club 6, San Francisco, California

* "Vicious Delicious and Ambitious", May 2 2003, Perihlion Arts, Phoenix, Arizona

* "Experimental Toy Skeleton", April - May 2003, Covivant, Tampa, Florida

* "Sci-Fi Western", 23 January 2003, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, California

* "Pirate Booty: The Art of Mates & Wenches", December 7 2002, Six Space Gallery, Los Angeles, California

* "Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artists", November 9 2002, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Hollywood

* "Alive and Well AIDS Alternatives", November 9 2002, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Hollywood

* "Juxtapoz Exhibition", October 26 2002, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, California

* "The Scintillating Six", June 1 2002, Bink Gallery, Portland, Oregon

* "Circus, Carnival, Freaks and Oddities", April 6 2002, C-POP Gallery, Detroit, Michigan

* "Clown Oil and Snake Eyes", December 1 2001, Copro/Nason Fine Art Gallery, Culver City, California

* "The Frankenstein Surf Shack", 19 October 2001, Roq La Rue, Seattle, Washington

* "Commercial Artists Doing Non-Commercial Art", March 2 2001, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Hollywood

* "Milk Blood", February 2 2001, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Hollywood

* "The Definitive Retrospective", December 2 2000, Copro/Nason Fine Art Gallery, Culver City, California

* "Metro Madness", September 16 2000, Copro/Nason Fine Art Gallery

* "Intoxication Show", April 2000, The Laboratory, Los Angeles

* "Commercial Artists Doing Non-Commercial Art", March 2000, La Luz De Jesus Gallery

* "Low Brow Art", February 2000, The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida

* "Leeteg Tribute Show", December 1999, Copro/Nason Gallery

* "Group Show", November 1998, Huntington Beach Art Center Gallery, Huntington Beach, California

* "Kittens 'N' Cads", December 1998, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles

* "Hollywood Satan", December 1998, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, California

* "Best of the West", October 1998, 001 Gallery, Hollywood

References

External links

* [http://www.elizabethmcgrath.com Elizabeth McGrath's Official Website]

* [http://www.missderringer.com Elizabeth McGrath's band's website Miss Derringer]

* [http://www.myspace.com/elizabethmcgrath Elizabeth McGrath's Myspace]

* [http://www.myspace.com/missderringer Miss Derringer's Myspace]

* [http://www.missderringer.com Elizabeth McGrath's band's website Miss Derringer]

* [http://www.billyshirefinearts.com/05mcgrath/4poodles.html 'Altarwise by Owl-Light' Billy Shire Fine Arts]

* [http://beinart.org/artists/elizabeth-mcgrath/?GID=916 Elizabeth McGrath - Surreal Art Collective]

* [http://www.laweekly.com/index.php?option=com_slideshow&type=1&gallery=1014&Itemid=565 LA Weekly Images from 'The Incurable Disorder', December, 2007, Billy Shire Fine Arts]
* [http://www.DemonicaGifts.com Elizabeth McGrath merchandise]
* [http://www.roguetaxidermy.com/members_detail.php?id=151 Elizabeth McGrath - Rogue Taxidermy]


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