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Charlotte Church, Duffy & Catherine Zeta Jones visit Llandaff gallery.


“Off the Wall”, Wales’ premier gallery in Llandaff, Cardiff will be holding its second show with an exciting and award winning young artist, Josie McCoy.


This is Josie’s first exhibition in Cardiff, another first for gallery “Off the Wall” and Wales. Of the British artists of the younger generation, she is among those who are having an impact on the international art scene: fascinating public and critics with her high-impact, beautiful paintings.

British artist Josie McCoy paints famous actresses, and characters from film and television: personalities who have become icons of the collective imagination in which the fusion between the identity of the artist and the character has become blurred. Working from film stills, McCoy’s portraits beautifully capture fleeting moments and present contemporary icons in a vulnerable, unfamiliar light. Her unique approach entails applying numerous successive layers of oil paint in pastel colours, lending her subjects an ethereal glow reminiscent of TV screen.

Catherine Zeta Jones


“Catherine Zeta Jones, Duffy & Charlotte Church”

Her latest works, which will be showing at Off the Wall for the first time, include Charlotte Church, Duffy & Catherine Zeta Jones.

Josie has exhibited widely across the UK and currently lives and works between London and Valencia. You can find her work in the following collections: BBC, Collection of University of Wales, The Borchard Collection of British Self-Portraits in the 20th Century & the Centre of Attention Permanent Collection


Plymouth born Josie McCoy’s was also commissioned by the BBC last September, to paint Cindy Beale for a storyline in Eastenders and other portraits produced by the artist include well-known stars such as Nicole Kidman, Christina Ricci, Kate Moss, Angelina Jolie and characters from the Royle Family and other Eastenders cast members.

Josie’s work was selected for many awards including the BP Portrait Award 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003, and the Lexmark European Art Prize in 2003. She was commended at the Royal West of England Academy Open Painting Exhibition and won the Centre of Attention Painting Prize in 2001. In 2002, Josie was awarded a Woo Charitable Foundation Arts Bursary


The show launches on Thursday June 4th 2009 with a private viewing, 6-8pm, with cocktails and lasts until July 6th.


Readers are exclusively invited to a Private View on Thursday 4th June 2009, 6-8pm to include cocktails and meet Josie McCoy. This offer is on a first come first serve basis, or alternatively the Exhibition opens to the general public on Friday 5th June exclusively until July 6th.


For further information or to book private view:-

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Editors Notes

Photographs featured: Catherine Zeta Jones, Duffy & Charlotte Church – new works, oil on canvas 

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Tuesday – Friday 9.30 am to 5.30pm

Saturday – 10am to 4pm



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Josie McCoy CV



MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London


BA (Hons) Fine Art, Solihull College, Birmingham

Solo Exhibitions




Contemporary Icons, Opus Gallery, Newcastle
Las Chicas de Almodóvar, DF Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostella, Spain
New work, Opus, 16 Shakespeare Street, Newcastle upon Tyne
New work, Eyestorm Gallery, Ipswich
New work, Eyestorm Britart Gallery, Exeter
New work, Eyestorm Britart Gallery, Milan, Italy
New Paintings, Britart/Eyestorm Gallery, London
The Royal Variety Show, Notting Hill Arts Club, London
EastEnders, The Centre of Attention, London












Face Value, Llandudno, Cymru
RED DOT with Opus Gallery, London
Kounter Kulture, London
Siteshow, London
Eureka!, London
Newcastle Gateshead Art Fair with Opus, The Sage, Gateshead
Pulse Art Fair, New York
Mothers, Sartorial Contemporary Art, London
Suburbia, The Foreign Press Association, London
Seduced, The Windows Gallery, Central Saint Martins, London
Dorian Gray Project, John Jones, London
STONE - PLATE - GREASE - WATER, London, Belfast and MOMA WALES, Machynlleth
Inspire, Opus Gallery, Newcastle
The Dream of Putrefaction, The Metropole Galleries, Folkestone and The Fieldgate Gallery, London
TWO FACED, The Changing Face of Portraiture, book
scope LONDON, Truman Brewery, London
Sensuous Panorama, Lounge, London
Castellon Painting Prize, Municipal Art Centre of Alcorcon, Madrid
RCA Secret 2005, Royal College of Art, London
II International Painting Prize of the Castellon County Council, Espai D'Art Contemporani De Castello, Spain
Art 2005, Eyestorm/Britart at the Business Design Centre, London
Bob's Your Uncle, Eyestorm, 547 West 27th Street, New York
Vector Vecteur, L'Espace d'animation des Blancs Manteaux, Paris
Mothers, Oxford House, London
Love N Bullets, Transition, London
Reduced, Century Gallery, London
London Art Fair, Britart at the Design Centre, London
Flinch, Seven Seven Contemporary Art, London
Science Fiction: Double Feature, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham
Josie McCoy and Mimei Thompson, QUODart, Brighton
Lexmark European Art Prize, Eyestorm Gallery, London
BP Portrait Award 2003, National Portrait Gallery, London, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen
Pop Culture, Beatrice Royal, Eastleigh
Foad Glorious Foad, Wilson Hall, Camberwell Art College, London
Don't you forget about me, Studio Voltaire, London
New Directions: Art vs Mainstream Visual Culture, New Directions, The Cube, Leeds
Selfridges' windows with britart
Faces, Mark Jason Fine Art, 71 New Bond Street, London
England o England, Artjunky, London
Christmas Show, Mark Jason Fine Art, New Bond Street, London
The Painting Class, The Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, London
BP Portrait Award 2002, National Portrait Gallery, London, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen
Beauty's where you find it, Britart Gallery, London
Hunting Art Prize 2002, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London
Art 2002, Britart at the Design Centre, London
Viva la Republique, The Centre of Attention, London
15, Red Gate Gallery, 209a Coldharbour Lane, London
Golden, Britart Gallery, 60-62 Commercial Street, London
BP Portrait Award 2001, National Portrait Gallery, London, Sheffield Galleries, Sheffield
Art 2001, Britart at the Design Centre, London
Salon The Centre of Attention Painting Prize, Identity UK, London
14 x 14, Mafuji Gallery, London
Art is Dead, Britart Gallery, London
RWA Open Painting Exhibition 2001, RWA, Bristol (commended)
BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery and Aberdeen Art Gallery
Rowe and Maw, Fleet Place, London
Directions 2000, The Lethaby Gallery, London
Artfutures, The Barbican Centre, London
Mighty Real, Dazed and Confused Gallery, Old Street, London
Cable and Wireless Head Office, Theobalds Road, London
MA Degree show, Central Saint Martins, London
Secret Lives, Axion Arts Centre, Cheltenham
Artfutures, Royal Festival Hall, London
Marks and Spencers Head Office Figurative Show, Baker Street, London



News BBC2, interviewed by Sean Brickell.16 March 2003.


Dislocation with Notting Hill Arts Club, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Bulls and Bears, ITV, interviewed by Amy Gebler 2 April 2002.
Centre of Attention Magazine: The Video Issue, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Galapagos, New York, The Green Room, London

Selected Bibliography


Illera, Lotte. 'Second Glance: Paintings by Josie McCoy' Bolz, Issue 6 2004


Ezzard, John. 'Eyes have it' The Guardian, 2 April 2003.


'Ever-increasing Artistic Circles' The Scotsman, 10 December 2002.
Edwards, Charlotte. 'Dalston Underground Studios’ Art Review, July/August 2002.
Cooper, John. 'Golden Wonders' Design Week, 30 May 2002.
Aitch, Iain. 'Soap on Canvas' Wish, April 2002.
Dunning, Matthew. 'A Brush with Fame' Fable, February 2002.


'TV Heaven’ AN for Artists, October 2001.
'As Seen on TV: The eerie paintings of Josie McCoy’ Time Out, 8-15 August 2001.
Taylor, Tanis. Review Metro 30 July 2001.
Greenstreet, Roseanna. 'Questionnaire - Q & A Josie McCoy’, The Guardian (Weekend magazine), 12 May 2001.
'The Big Britart’ Art Review, April 2001.
'Painting Prize’ Tema Celeste Contemporary Art, March/April 2001.
'More Prizes’ Artnotes Art Monthly, February 2001.


'Mighty Real’ Dazed and Confused, November 2000.


Fletcher, Victoria. 'Bianca’s return as the face of modern art’ Sunday Express, 19 September 1999.
Pugh, Simon. 'Eastend Girl’ Review (London Institute), 1999

Prizes and awards


Woo Charitable Foundation Arts Bursary


The Centre of Attention Painting Prize
Royal West of England Academy Open Painting Exhibition 2001 - commended


Collection of University of Wales
The Borchard Collection of British Self-Portraits in the 20th Century
The Centre of Attention Permanent Collection



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