ABOUT

Megan Van Groll is an American contemporary realist painter, exploring themes of identity, psychology and gender through the female form. 

Van Groll was born in 1986 in Honolulu, Hawaii to a Texan mother and first-generation Dutch American father. Through her father's military service, she spent five years of her childhood living in Germany and traveling throughout Europe. In 2006, she traveled to Florence, Italy to study painting at the Lorenzo de Medici School. She later earned a BFA in Drawing & Painting from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, where she studied under Matthew Bourbon, Vincent Falsetta, Robert Jessup, Annette Lawrence, and Susan Cheal.

Van Groll’s work is most influenced by Chuck Close, Lucian Freud, Jenny Saville, Marilyn Minter, and fellow Lorenzo de Medici alumna Alyssa Monks. She staged her first solo exhibition in 2008 and continues to show her work around the U.S. Her work is also held in a variety of private art collections in both the United States and abroad. 

She currently lives and works in Dallas, Texas.

 

Selected Exhibitions

2017
Wide Open 8, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, New York, NY

2016
Anonymous, Art Conspiracy, Dallas, TX

2015
Finalist, Kitchen LTO Artist, Dallas, TX

2014
Art Conspiracy 9, Dallas, TX

2012
Twilight of the Idols, Blow Up Gallery, Dallas, TX
Annual Membership Show, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX
44th Annual Visual Arts Exhibition, Visual Arts Society of Texas, Denton, TX - Merit Award
500XPO Juried Exhibition, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

2011
Winter Show, Ro2 Art, Dallas, TX
Five x Seven Art Splurge, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, TX
Single Fare 2: Please Swipe Again, Sloan Fine Art Gallery, New York, NY 

2010
Creative Fidelity, Stagira Studios, Austin, TX
Art Suite Sixteen, Austin, TX
Pasties & Pastries, SXSW pop-up event, Austin, TX
For the Love of Art, Austin Art Space, Austin, TX

2008
E.A.S.T. East Austin Studio Tour, Austin, TX
Lovers, Austin Figurative Gallery, Austin, TX
Senior Exit Review, UNT Cora Stafford Gallery, Denton, TX
Voertmann’s Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Denton, TX

2007
NAKED: Nude Portraits - Art Six, Denton, TX  - solo exhibition

2006
Five oil paintings, Dolce Zucchero, Florence, Italy  - solo exhibition

Press

2017
Studio Visit magazine, edition 38-39
Publication Fellowship, Peripheral Vision Arts, Salon 2017
PoetsArtists “The New Nude” curated by Walt Morton - exhibition in print

2013
Artist Feature, SXSW edition of art & culture publication ATX BEYOND

2012
Paintings featured on Dallas WFAA-TV Channel 8 promoting Blow Up Gallery exhibition

2010
Emerging Artist Showcase, Huffington Post Arts & Culture
Gawker Artists Feature

2008
FemalePersuasion.net feature
BLIR online art magazine featured artist

Collections
Suzanne & David Booth, Austin, Texas - Bakery Brawl, 36”x48”, oil on canvas, 2010
Dirk & Jessica Nowitzki, Dallas, Texas - Portrait of Jessica, 18”x24”, oil on canvas, 2009
Work also held in private collections in Texas, Ohio, New York and Italy

Education

2008
BFA, Drawing and Painting - cum laude
University of North Texas - Denton, TX

2006
Lorenzo De Medici - Art Institute of Florence, Florence, Italy