Daisy McMullan is an artist making work across genres of still life and landscape on panel and on paper, which she exhibits regularly. Click on an image to enlarge it, and view selected works that are available to buy here.

Works on panel

Rewildings

After a Scattering, 2021, acrylic on poplar panel, 80 x 60cm
This is for Everyone, 2021, acrylic on poplar panel, 80 x 60cm
We Are Rooted, 2022, acrylic on poplar panel, 50 x 40cm
Live Forever, 2021, acrylic on poplar panel, 50 x 40cm
We Grow Celestially, 2022, acrylic on poplar panel, 50 x 40cm
The Longest Pause, 2021, acrylic on poplar panel, 40 x 30cm
The Deepest Breath, 2022, acrylic on poplar panel, 40 x 30cm
Entanglements, 2022, acrylic on poplar panel, 40 x 30cm
In Constellation, 2021, acrylic on poplar panel, 40 x 30cm
Rarity, 2021, acrylic on poplar panel, 30 x 20cm
Together in our Solitude, 2021, acrylic on poplar panel, 30 x 20cm
On Common Ground, 2021, acrylic on poplar panel, 30 x 20cm

Still Life

Observed Imagined Remembered (i), 2022, acrylic on poplar panel, 70 x 50 x 4cm
Observed Imagined Remembered (ii), 2022, acrylic on poplar panel, 70 x 50 x 4cm
Endymion, 2021, acrylic on poplar panel, 50 x 40cm
Endymion Still Life (i), 2022, acrylic on poplar panel, 50 x 40cm
Endymion Still Life (ii), 2022, acrylic on poplar panel, 50 x 40cm

Groundings

Found still lives of shrubs and plants. These detailed paintings provide the opportunity for long, mindful looking, a form of mental and emotional grounding. Paintings as preservation inspired by Dutch Golden Age still life and forest floor paintings.

Live Forever (i), 2021, acrylic on poplar panel, 50 x 40 x 4cm
Live Forever (ii), 2021, acrylic on poplar panel, 50 x 40 x 4cm

Works on paper

Portrait of the River in 12 Parts

A durational charting of the northern bank of the River Mole – not just of its geography, but also its course through time. Capturing the changes of the landscape through the year, these pieces are painted in a portrait format, creating intimate documents of the river, light and shifting season. All together the planned cycle of 12 paintings will form a portrait of the river, made slowly and carefully, as if it were an old friend.

Portrait of the River in 12 Parts: January, 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 40 x 30cm
Portrait of the River in 12 Parts: February, 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 40 x 30cm
Portrait of the River in 12 Parts: March, 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 40 x 30cm
Portrait of the River in 12 Parts: April, 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 40 x 30cm
Portrait of the River in 12 Parts: May, 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 40 x 30cm
Portrait of the River in 12 Parts: June, 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 40 x 30cm
Portrait of the River in 12 Parts: July, 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 40 x 30cm
Portrait of the River in 12 Parts: August, 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 40 x 30cm
Portrait of the River in 12 Parts: September, 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 40 x 30cm
Portrait of the River in 12 Parts: October, 2022, gouache on watercolour paper, 40 x 30cm
Portrait of the River in 12 Parts: November, 2022, gouache on watercolour paper, 40 x 30cm
Portrait of the River in 12 Parts: December 2021 gouache on watercolour paper, 40 x 30cm
A Rewilding
A Rewilding (i), 2021, acrylic on watercolour paper, 40 x 30cm
A Rewilding (ii), 2021, acrylic on watercolour paper, 40 x 30cm
A Rewilding (iii), 2021, acrylic on watercolour paper, 40 x 30cm
A Rewilding (iv), 2021, acrylic on watercolour paper, 40 x 30cm
A Rewilding (v), 2021, acrylic on watercolour paper, 40 x 30cm
A Rewilding (vi), 2021, acrylic on watercolour paper, 40 x 30cm
Grammatical Ornament

These larger pieces distil organic, natural forms into their essential elements. Using wet in wet techniques to blend minimal colour, they retain a spontaneous quality, even though they are highly stylised.

The works echo classic wallpaper motifs, and the anthology of global approaches to design collected in Owen Jones’ ‘The Grammar of Ornament’. Ultimately, they are a contemporary reimagining of familiar approaches to design.

Naples Yellow, Permanent Rose, Sap Green, 2021, gouache on paper, 59.4 x 42cm
Permanent Yellow, Turquoise, Burnt Umber, 2021, gouache on paper, 59.4 x 42cm
Naples Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Burnt Sienna , 2021, gouache on paper, 59.4 x 42cm
Bloom, 2021, gouache on paper, 59.4 x 42cm
Yellow Ochre, Prussian Blue , 2021, gouache on paper, 59.4 x 42cm
Naples Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Viridian, 2021, gouache on paper, 59.4 x 42cm
Yellow Ochre, Permanent White, Viridian, 2021, gouache on paper, 59.4 x 42cm
Permanent Yellow, Venetian Red, Sap Green, 2021, gouache on paper, 59.4 x 42cm

Observed Botanicals / Still Life

These works are studies of dried flowers and observed botanicals, capturing the sculptural qualities and delicate forms of the flowers and foliage in their stillness.

Quiet Breath, 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 40 x 28cm
Delicate Amber, Sober Gold, 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 40 x 28cm
Larkspur (Celeste), 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 40 x 28cm
Poppies (Luna), 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 40 x 28cm
Observed Botanical: Larkspur, 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 21 x 29.7cm
Observed Botanical: Poppies, 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 21 x 29.7cm
Observed Botanical: Lavender, 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 21 x 29.7cm
Observed Botanical: Red Iron Oxide, Sap Green, 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 21 x 29.7cm

Everyone’s Avalon

The River Mole in Leatherhead Surrey widens as it runs through the town. At this widening, a series of river islands have formed, reinforced with concrete and metal structures.

These islands are a haven for wildlife, and verve with sound and movement, as if the islands themselves are alive. The islands, though, are private land – these paintings are a loose mapping of these unreachable places. A call that perhaps, they should be everyone’s Avalon.

Alder, 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 30 x 40cm
Dogwood, 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 30 x 40cm
Hazel, 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 30 x 40cm
Willow, 2021, gouache on watercolour paper, 30 x 40cm