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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. 

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
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Featured Artworks

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Hobo by Laith McGregor contemporary artwork Laith McGregorHobo, 1900-2016 Pencil on paper
54 x 44 cm
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Song by Laith McGregor contemporary artwork Laith McGregorSong, 2016 Pencil on paper
44 x 44 cm
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Slips by Laith McGregor contemporary artwork Laith McGregorSlips, 2016 Pencil on paper
51 x 41 cm
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Cope by Laith McGregor contemporary artwork Laith McGregorCope, 2016 Pencil on paper
52 x 41 cm
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Posted by Laith McGregor contemporary artwork Laith McGregorPosted, 1950-2016 Pencil on paper
82 x 71 cm
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Sunk by Laith McGregor contemporary artwork Laith McGregorSunk, 2016 Pencil on paper
46 x 36 cm
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Chess by Laith McGregor contemporary artwork Laith McGregorChess, 2016 Pencil on paper
82 x 71 cm
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Hope by Laith McGregor contemporary artwork Laith McGregorHope, 1900-2016 Pencil on paper
62 x 50 cm
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Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Laith McGregor, Swallow the Sun at Starkwhite,
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1 October–5 November 2016 Laith McGregor Swallow the SunStarkwhite, Auckland
Contemporary art exhibition, Laith McGregor, Somewhere Anywhere at Starkwhite,
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2 June–4 July 2015 Laith McGregor Somewhere AnywhereStarkwhite, Auckland

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