b. 1977, Australia

Laith McGregor Biography

Laith McGregor has exhibited widely throughout New Zealand and Australia since graduating in 2007 with a BFA (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. He has also been the subject of several publications and the recipient of numerous awards and residencies. His chimeric style of art—blurring the boundaries between reality and fiction—has continued to evolve throughout his exhibiting career. McGregor is best known for his hypnotically detailed biro drawings, though his practice spans painting, video and sculpture. 

Read More

McGregor is an artist who sees inspiration anywhere, whether it be from travel, art or culture. Much of it comes from his subconscious, and in particular, his dreams. This accounts for the surreal nature of his paintings or drawings: scale and perception are somewhat distorted so that they might appear bizarre or zany. The drawings are particularly precise—full of meticulous lines and subtle detail. Though eerie—or perhaps because of this—they make for compelling viewing. 

McGregor sees drawing as a primordial act: a natural form of human expression. Through it, he believes artists are able to process the subconscious and create conversations around intuition and human experience. McGregor places drawing in both the real and the unreal. Or rather, he places drawing in the breakdown between these spaces, where the ephemeral and oblivion rest. 

McGregor’s video work often incorporates himself. In Maturing (2007), the artist sits before the camera for 30 minutes, pulling faces and doodling on his face with a marker pen. Though his actions are odd and laughable, he maintains strict composure, suggesting total inner confidence. Why he is performing these actions is unclear, but the result attracts audiences.  

Today, McGregor splits his time between Melbourne, Australia, and Bali, Indonesia. 

Jessica Douglas | Ocula | 2017

Laith McGregor Featured Artworks

View All (29)
Untitled (Wolves) by Laith McGregor contemporary artwork print
Laith McGregor Untitled (Wolves), 2021 Archival pigment print mounted on dibond
32 x 24 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Untitled (Longing) by Laith McGregor contemporary artwork print
Laith McGregor Untitled (Longing) Archival pigment print mounted on dibond
32 x 24 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Untitled (Cast) by Laith McGregor contemporary artwork painting
Laith McGregor Untitled (Cast), 2019 Oil on canvas and found object
38.5 x 31 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Untitled (Conjure) by Laith McGregor contemporary artwork painting
Laith McGregor Untitled (Conjure), 2019 Oil on canvas and found object
38.5 x 31 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Untitled (Remnant) by Laith McGregor contemporary artwork painting
Laith McGregor Untitled (Remnant), 2019 Oil on canvas and found object
38.5 x 31 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Untitled (Mirage) by Laith McGregor contemporary artwork painting
Laith McGregor Untitled (Mirage), 2019 Oil on canvas and found object
38.5 x 31 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Untitled (Strand) by Laith McGregor contemporary artwork painting
Laith McGregor Untitled (Strand), 2019 Oil on canvas and found object
38.5 x 31 cm
Starkwhite Enquire
Untitled (Chimera) by Laith McGregor contemporary artwork painting
Laith McGregor Untitled (Chimera), 2019 Oil on canvas and found object
38.5 x 31 cm
Starkwhite Enquire

Laith McGregor Recent Exhibitions

View All (4)

Laith McGregor Represented By

Starkwhite contemporary art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand Starkwhite Auckland

Laith McGregor In Ocula Magazine

Be among the first to know when new artworks and exhibitions by Laith McGregor are added to Ocula.
Sign Up