Biography and CV

Born in Plymouth, UK and lives in Valencia & London.


MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Solihull College, Birmingham

Solo Exhibitions

Musas, Madres, Magas y Asesinas, Centro Cultural Melchor Zapata, Benicássim
Las Musas de Josie McCoy, Sala de Exposiciones El Oscurico, Buñol
Íntimas desconocidas, Sporting Club Russafa, Valencia
Glow and Celebrity: The Philosophy of Josie McCoy, ATM Gallery, Gijón
New Work, Sporting Club Russafa, Valencia
Reflections, 10 Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London
Paint3d, Sporting Club Russafa, Valencia
Las Chicas de Almodóvar, DF Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostella, Spain
New work, Eyestorm Britart Gallery, Exeter, Ipswich and Milan
New Paintings, Britart/Eyestorm Gallery, London
The Royle Variety Show, Notting Hill Arts Club, London
EastEnders, The Centre of Attention, London

Selected Group Exhibitions

RA Summer Exhibition 2021, Royal Academy of Arts, London
A Generous Space, Hastings Contemporary
John Lennon is Not Dead, Stash Gallery at Vout-O-Reenees, London
Home-works, Spilt Milk exhibition and zine
re:birth, Gallery One, Edinburgh Palette, Edinburgh
'Paint', PS Mirabel 2019 Painting Prize, Manchester
The Ghost Tide, curated by Monika Bobinska and Sarah Sparkes, Thames Side Studios Gallery, London
Face to Face, Kunsthalle Hense, Gescher, Germany
Russafart Exposicion Colectiva, Imprevisual Galería, Valencia
Political Poetical, Petra Lossen Fine Art, Zurich
Refugiarte, Centre del Carmen, Valencia
McCoy, Gingles, Picazo: Works on paper, Sporting Club Russafa, Valencia
Sporting at Standard, Standard Gallery, Valencia
La Bohemia, Castellón
Intimate Strangers: Politics as Celebrity, Celebrity as Politics, Matucana 100, Santiago de Chile
Rites of Passage - Ritos de Transición, Sporting Club Russafa, Valencia
Additionen der Gegenwart - Zeitgenössische Kunst us der Sammlung Frank Hense, Kunstmuseum, Bochum, Germany
Russafart, Sporting Club Russafa, Valencia
From madonna to Madonna, Domus Artium (DA2), Salamanca
At Home with the Ludskis, Rio Cinema, Dalston, London
Dreaming of a Black and White Christmas, A-side B-side Gallery, London
Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Collection: The Next Generation, Kings Place Gallery, London
Albert Square... the artists move in, A-side B-side Gallery, London
Mothers, Chester University, Chester
Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition, Kings Place Gallery, London
RCA Secret 2011, Royal College of Art, London
11:11, East Gallery, Brick Lane, London
RCA Secret 2010, Royal College of Art, London
Dalston Underground Studios: Ten Years, The Boys Hall, Dalston, London
Hammerson Artist Initiative, former London Stock Exchange building, London
When Central Met Saint Martins, Lethaby Gallery, London
Visiones de Anhelo, Galería Espacio, Valencia
Perfect Present, 242 Cambridge Heath Road, London
Lo que cuenta(s), Galería Espacio, Valencia
Face Value, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno
Pulse New York, with Houldsworth, New York
Suburbia, The Foreign Press Association, London
Seduced, The Windows Gallery, Central Saint Martins, London
Dorian Gray Project, John Jones, London
The Dream of Putrefaction, The Metropole Galleries, Folkestone and The Fieldgate Gallery, London
Stone.Plate.Grease.Water, Museum for Modern Art for Wales, Machynlleth and Bankside Gallery, London
Two Faced, book launch and exhibition, Hong Kong and London.
scope LONDON with Lounge Gallery, 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
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
Science Fiction: Double Feature, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham
Lexmark European Art Prize, Eyestorm Gallery, London
Josie McCoy and Mimei Thompson, QUODart, Brighton
BP Portrait Award 2003, National Portrait Gallery, London, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen
Pop Culture, Beatrice Royal, Eastleigh
Don't you forget about me, Studio Voltaire, London
New Directions: Art vs Mainstream Visual Culture, New Directions, The Cube, Leeds
Faces, Mark Jason Fine Art, 71 New Bond Street, London
14 x 14, Century Gallery, 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
Golden, Britart Gallery, 60-62 Commercial Street, London
Viva la Republique, The Centre of Attention, London
Hunting Art Prize 2002, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London
14 x 14, Mafuji Gallery, London
Art is Dead, Britart Gallery, London
RWA Open Painting Exhibition 2001, RWA, Bristol (commended)
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
Artfutures, The Barbican Centre, London
Mighty Real, Dazed and Confused Gallery, Old Street, London
BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery and Aberdeen Art Gallery
Directions 2000, The Lethaby Gallery, London
Artfutures, Royal Festival Hall, London
MA Degree show, Central Saint Martins, London
Secret Lives, Axion Arts Centre, Cheltenham

Selected Bibliography

2017 Lorena Kloosterboer, 'Idiosyncratic Monochromes', PoetsArtists Volume 85
Sandy Nairne, '500 Portraits: BP Portrait Award', National Portrait Gallery publication
Antonio Nodar, 'From Portrait to Self Portrait Vol. 1'
Emma Wall 'Graduate art: make an art of your investments', The Telegraph, 21 August 2010
Lee Morgan, 'Workspace: Josie McCoy', ArtsCulture, June 2010
Ethan Bodnar, 'Creative Grab Bag'
Systems Design Ltd, 'Two Faced: The Changing Face of Portraiture'
Illera, Lotte. 'Second Glance: Paintings by Josie McCoy' Bolz, Issue 6 2004
Edwards, Charlotte. 'Dalston Underground Studios' Art Review, July/August 2002
Aitch, Iain. 'Soap on Canvas' Wish, April 2002
Dunning, Matthew. 'A Brush with Fame' Fable, February 2002
Greenstreet, Roseanna. 'Questionnaire - Q & A Josie McCoy', The Guardian (Weekend magazine), 12 May 2001
'Mighty Real' Dazed and Confused, November 2000

Prizes and Awards

Woo Charitable Foundation Arts Bursary
Royal West of England Academy Open Painting Exhibition 2001 - commended
The Centre of Attention Painting Prize


Jeremy Mogford Collection
Colección Ofelia Martín & Javier Núñez
Collection of University of Wales
Standard Chartered
The Borchard Collection of British Self-Portraits in the 20th Century
The Centre of Attention Permanent Collection