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As we move into Spring, we are looking forward to dusting off our summer clothes, putting our big coats away, and truly appreciating the beauty the world has to offer. Glasgow is full of wonderful places to explore and admire, and the architecture is certainly no exception. With its noted blend of Victorian and early 20th century style popularised by the wonderful Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it's little wonder the 'Glasgow Style' has helped define the city so distinctly. As the warmer months close in, we opened our 'Buildings Make Glasgow' exhibit to great success, and we would like to share some of these excellent pieces with you.
Coll Hamilton is a wonderful artist who has only recently started selling with us, and with his work selling very well we hope to receive more work from him soon. His art does a fantastic job of telling a story and conveying the passage of time - his use of pastels and acrylics help to capture moments in time that preserve that location's legacy. With such works as 'Tenement, West End' showcasing his artistry perfectly, why not add this artist to your collection?
Another new artist to Scotlandart we would like to showcase is Kelly Stewart, whose delicate blend of architectural knowledge and fearlessness in the use of mixed media has created some wonderful work that we are very pleased to present. While Kelly usually draws her inspiration from her home city of Edinburgh, she has created work for us specifically for this exhibition which we are thrilled about. Her piece 'Central Station' perfectly captures the constant motion of a city in movement, as well as the wonder of entering a city rich in culture. Kelly's work can be found in our gallery, as well as on our website.
Karen Cairns is one of our longest-standing artists here, and with the quality of work she presents we cannot be happier. Her work delivers a unique mix of architectural expertise and watercolour painting that combines the structure of her building rendering with the mastery of an often unpredictable art medium. This creates work that lovingly notes the history of the city with the vibrancy of its present, as evidenced in the painting 'Sparklers and Umbrellas, Exchange Square'. Her body of work is not limited to Glasgow, and many of her pieces can be found on our website.
Scotland Art's Annual Burns Night
January can be a drab month. Grey skies and cold winds. We want to make this month a little brighter for you, we want to inject it with a little colour and a lot of talent. Our annual Burns Night Exhibition opened for a fantastic preview evening on the 24th and we want to share some information about the artists and artwork featured in it. We have now added all the new work online and would like to invite you to look at our exhibitions page. We have brought together art work that you may not have seen before and quite possibly that you may not have though to hang together. Each piece has a life of its own using colour and a Burns undertone.
Firstly, we take a look at Margaret Evans. We have been selling Margaret’s work for a while now and her landscapes never fail to disappoint. Her work is a unique mix of materials and perspective and demonstrates the beautiful accents Scottish landscape has to offer. She tends to use a mixer of pastel and gouache, two materials that shouldn’t work together – but do. The softness of the pastels is complimented by her use of gouache paints. These paints blend into the clouds and create an Evans atmosphere. This type of atmosphere can be felt whilst walking amongst the Scottish Highlands and taking in the fresh air. Margaret captures these environments with spectacular displays of light contrasts. Her work has the vibrancy able to create its own light in any room. The collection you will find on our website takes you on a journey through wonderful Scotland.
Lee Craigmile also has a keen eye for capturing light. We are showing three en plein air paintings from his time in Florence. We also have a still life by Craigmile titled ‘Whisky and Books’. His use of light here is remonstrant of Caravaggio and the use of chiaroscuro creates a dramatic scene. He makes you question who the scene involved. Who was drinking the Oban Whisky and what were the books they were reading? To place them on a table covered in a blue tartan contrasting with the red silky bookmark flowing out of the book’s cream pages. Everything about this painting is delicious, he has created a textural narrative and framed it in the perfect dark wooden frame. Can’t you see this hanging in your hallway or even being the centre of attention in your living room. Lee’s work is new to ScotlandArt and selling very well. Why not add a painting by him to your collection?
Pauline Patrick has worked with ScotlandArt for several years, her style has developed, and she is now using beautifully orchestrated colours and a unique perspective. The flowers she paints hold significance to colour and vibrancy. Her way of staging these vases and tables displaying the colours is unlike any other artist. The flowers have just come into bloom and the light has just touched their petals. The way they are perched just off centre give the paintings a warmth. We are also displaying two of her land and house-scapes. These pieces take a careful consideration to environment and how to display Scottish architecture in a modern and painterly way. Both of these paintings can be seen in the gallery or on our website.
We also have new work in by the fabulous Andrew McNeile Jones, Joanna McDonough and a new artist Sian Mather. McNeile Jones’s stunning still life paintings are in the gallery and on his artists page.
If you have any questions about any of the work featured in this exhibition, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 0141 221 4502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scotland Art and Speyside Distillery
At our gallery here in the heart of Glasgow city centre we are lucky enough to be neighbours with the Speyside Distillery. This has meant we were able to meet their well respected and much admired artist in residence, Joanna McDonough.
Her work is known throughout the Highlands of Scotland with her unique style being the perfect accompaniment to Scotland's fine Whisky. Her charming and very unique screenprints appeal to the wildlife fanatic inside you. 'Lunch?' (pictured on the left) is a wonderful display of her love for the puffin. A sociable bird the puffin gathers plenty of wee fish in its orange beak, ready to eat, maybe even share. The colours and tone reflected throughout 'Lunch?'; show her attention to detail and the screenprinting process. The blocks of colour and hand drawn lines are meticulously detailed. As one can deduce from the bright, lively animals, Joanna enjoys the countryside in the North of Scotland to the upmost. Available in our Glasgow gallery at the moment we have the following:
and of course 'Lunch?'
Just a wee sneak peek at our wonderful new work ready for the upcoming Exhibition 'Off The Wall'.
Our lovely Gallery Asssitant Catriona will talk you through some of Mike's working processes and the hidden details within his canvases.
Mike Bernard trained at the West Surrey College of Art and Design and went on to study at the Royal Academy School for a postgraduate degree. His work is semi-abstract and uses mixed media, where he incorporates acrylic, collage and other materials to skillfully build up his paintings. He is particularly inspired by harbours and coastal scenes and the lovely colours and shapes you can find there, which stem from his childhood where he grew up in Dover, Kent. In his current work we have in the gallery you will find lots of colour, texture and atmosphere in the various Scottish landscape scenes. In these paintings he uses newspaper cuttings to create the forms of houses and boats, and also to build up texture in his work, making them incredibly striking pieces.
Happy August! We are having a wonderful summer here in Glasgow. We thought we would give you a look inside at some of the amazing artists we have in the gallery just now. Our Summer Exhibition brings together both new faces and old favourites with something for everyone!
Click this link to see Gallery Coordinator Natalie tell us a little bit more about some of the amazing artists on the wall right now. Everthing in the video can be seen here on the website, any questions then just pop up on the chat feature and remember we are open everyday. So stop by and see them in person!
Judy Murray, pictured in ScotlandArt with one of her favourite artists Matthew Bourne, was a recent customer of the gallery, and was delighted to give us a few words on her ScotlandArt experience:
"Choosing the perfect piece of original art is never easy. So many things to consider - size, shape, colourways, lighting, position. But ScotlandArt were there to give expert advice on all of those things and brought a wonderful shortlist from their extensive collection to my home. Seeing so many possible pieces in place helped me to be absolutely sure of my final decision. I was delighted with the artworks and the service and would happily recommend them to anyone"
We are pleased to present 'Reinventing Traditions' by contemporary artist Matthew Bourne. Running from July 22nd, Bourne's first Scottish solo exhibition showcases his signature tempestous landscapes and his new still-life which have taken Glasgow by storm in recent months.