LUCY MacGILLIS b. 1977 Massachusetts, USA

Photograph of Hugo Galerie artist Lucy MacGillis painting in the Italian countryside.

Lucy MacGillis is fueled by Italian light. After studying domestically and internationally at prestigious schools under renowned artists such as Nicolas Carone, MacGillis settled in Italy’s Umbria and has been painting her immediate surroundings ever since. Edited landscapes and vignettes present recurring themes natural to her bucolic location and insatiable eye. Canvases of decisive brushstrokes in limited palettes come alive in an array of tones created by the play of sun and shadow across their surfaces. It is these moments of darkness that lend her vistas depth and gravitas, preventing them from slipping into the land of fairytales and keeping them in the here and now. The artist’s commitment to her valley of inspiration is not only in subject, but also material, as she mixes earth into the oil paints she makes by hand.

MacGillis continues to teach classes across Europe and the United States, but always returns to her studio in Italy where she says “I need to be painting in that light; I don’t want to be doing anything else.”

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2022 UNU unonell’unico, Todi, Italy
Hoadley Gallery, Lenox, MA
2018 Hoadley Gallery, Lenox, MA
2018 United States Embassy Tri-Mission Art Gallery, Rome, Italy
2017 Spazio Unu, Todi, Italy
2015 Haus der Kunst Galerie Lendle, Graz, Austria
Galleria Ca’d’Oro, Palazzo Torlonia, Rome, Italy
2004 Galleria Ca’d’Oro, Rome, Italy
2003 Monte Castello di Vibio, Perugia, Italy


2019 Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY
Hoadley Gallery, Lenox, MA
Axelle Fine Arts Galerie, Boston, MA
Axelle Fine Arts Galerie, New York, NY
Galerie Reynard, Williamstown, MA
Iraqi Embassy of Roma, Rome, Italy
Museo delle Terrecotte e Laterizio, Marsciano, Italy
2010 Galleria Artemisia, Perugia Italy
Palumbo, Ravello, Italy
Spazio Bloomsbury, Rome, Italy
Prince Street Gallery, New York, NY
2008 AAArt Foundation, Kitzbuhel, Austria
2007 Palazzo Vignola, Todi, Italy
2006 Chocolate Church Gallery, Bath, ME
2004 Fattoria di Vibio, Umbria, Italy
2003 Premio Nazionale di Pittura Estemporanea, Perugia, Italy


Kent, C.J., Passion for Pigments, Artists Magazine, April 2020
Galerie Andreas Lendl, Haus der Kunst, Lucy MacGillis Recent Paintings Catalog, 2018
Edizioni Tipografia Tuderte C’era una Volta un Frate, Studi Preparatori, 2018
Foglietti, Luigi, Todi, Un Visitatore alla Volta per Vedere la Tela di Jacopone, Il Messaggero, 10 Diciembre 2017
Unu Unonell’Unico, C’era una Volta un Frate Catalogo, 2017
Galerie Andreas Lendl, Haus der Kunst, Lucy MacGillis Gemalde und Zeichnungen Catalog, 2015
Zavernik, Stefan, Malerei aus Umbrien Kulturzeitung, 8 February 2015
Groff, Larry, Interview with Lucy MacGillis, Web. Painting Perceptions, 3 March 2013
Shaw, Keith, Young Artist Captures Textures of Italy, Berkshires, 14 July 2011
Monachina, Judith, Finding New Color from Ravello to Rome, The Berkshire Eagle, 9 July 2009
Galleria Ca’d’Oro, L’Essenza del Tempo Attraverso la Luce Catalog, 2004
Gillet, Michele, Seeing in Italian, Berkshires, 19 June 2003


Bonazzi Symposium, Perugia, Italy, 2019
Bascom Lodge Artist Residency, Mount Greylock, MA, 2012
University Scholars Grant, University of Pennsylvania, PA, 2000
University Scholars Grant, University of Pennsylvania, PA, 1999
Patrick Murphy Painting Prize, Philadelphia, PA, 1999