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We have been incredibly busy this month at ScotlandArt – we opened our ‘Daunder Around Scotland’ exhibit to a roaring success, with over 60 new paintings brought in! We have been thinking long and hard about our Featured Artist for August and have decided to select an artist whose work captivates all that come through the door. She has been a beloved feature in our gallery for many years. Our August Featured Artist is Elaine Cunningham!
Elaine graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee in 2002 with a B.A. (HONS) in Fine Art. Her work has been exhibited in private galleries throughout the UK. Elaine’s abstract work draws influence from the sea, where she has spent most of her life near. Most of her work with us is painted with oils, although she works in a variety of media including charcoal, watercolour, and a blend of oil and beeswax in some of her work!
Elaine’s work is captivating in so many ways. Her abstractions of the sea evoke a sense of movement – while the movement of water and passage of time cannot be easily defined, it is up to Elaine to showcase that in her unique way. Her style is striking, and like the flow of the sea can be reflective, meditative, but also stimulating and turbulent.
An original Elaine Cunningham artwork is a must-have for any art collection. She is easily one of the leading abstract artists in Scotland and her collector’s appeal will only continue to grow. Her neutral colour palette makes her pieces perfect for anywhere in the house, and we hope to see many more paintings from Elaine in the future.
This month, we are starting our ‘Featured Artist’ blog series, where we select one of our artists whose work we are truly impressed with and shine a spotlight on some of our favourite pieces from them. For July we have decided to select Dale Bissland as our first ScotlandArt Featured Artist!
Dale’s pieces have only been in our gallery for a short time but are already drawing many compliments for their exquisite composition and technique. Dale paints using oils, and draws inspiration from places he knows, particularly Glasgow’s urban landscapes, tenements, and other familiar locations.
What makes Dale’s work such a rare find, however, is that he is completely self-taught. Yes, you read that right – completely self-taught! This makes his work even more impressive once you consider the immaculate detail and care put into each painting. His technique is inspired by the Old Masters (painters of skill who worked in Europe before about 1800), and with his unique eye captures modern settings in a traditional yet still contemporary style.
'Dennistoun Light' by Dale Bissland, oil, £795
Dale’s work is perfect for any collection – whether you are looking for a smaller picturesque cityscape like ‘Dennistoun Light’ (above) or a showstopping statement piece like ‘GoMA’ (below), having an original Dale Bissland piece in your home is not just a beautiful painting, it is a worthwhile investment – we at ScotlandArt feel that Dale’s trajectory is on the rise and is without a doubt one of Scotland’s – and indeed the UK’s – best rising young artists.
Hello everyone! We hope you are enjoying the Summer just as much as we are! July is shaping up to be a very exciting month for us at ScotlandArt - our 'Not-So-Still Life' exhibition was a great success, and we were very proud to show some truly outstanding artwork from a range of artists. We also had a visit from artist James MacDonald, whose still lifes were one of our main features, and we were thrilled to see him there and proud to show his pieces! The exhibition is still on the walls at the gallery, so come on down and take a look at the amazing pieces we have on display!
We have also had a large intake of brand new artists to the gallery - we were amazed by the semi-abstract landscapes of Anne Butler, the vivid animal paintings of Laura MacArthur, and the beautiful still lifes from Jane Palmer! We take great care in the artists we select for the gallery and we know these artists, as well as all the artists we show, bring a unique viewpoint to our gallery.
In this blog post, we want to highlight one new artist in particular. Her stunning painting 'Bacchus' has blown us away, so much so that it has taken pride of place in our window! Sarah Margaret Gibson's style is borne of many years of honing her technique and drawing inspiration from the work and philosophy of the Old Masters.
Born in Cincinatti, Ohio, and currently living in Largs on the West Coast of Scotland, Sarah Margaret travelled to Florence, Italy to study at the Angel Academy of Art, and the Florence Academy of Art, where she stayed for seven years to hone her craft. 'Bacchus', named after the Roman God of agriculture, wine, and fertility, is the culmination of her studies. As her final piece at the Florence Academy of Art, Sarah Margaret put a great detail of care and passion into every brushstroke, taking four months to complete! This piece, ornately framed and beautifully painted, is a tremendous addition to the gallery, and we know it will be a showstopping conversation piece in one lucky owner's collection.
We also have the stunning still life 'Memorie di una Vita Passata' by Sarah Margaret Gibson taking pride of place in our gallery. Her contemporary realist approach to the Old Master inspiration is beautifully refreshing, and we adore the depth and complexity in her paintings.
We are open 10.30-6 Monday to Friday, 10.30-5 Saturday, and 12-5 Sunday, please come on down and view these amazing pieces for yourself! Alternatively call us on 0141 221 4502, send us a message on our website, or drop us an email at [email protected] We are always happy to talk about art and answer any questions you have!
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See you soon! - Alex
We are less than one week away from our June exhibition 'A Summer of Not-So-Still Life' opening on Friday 28th June at 6pm, and we are incredibly excited to show you all the wonderful still life pieces we have showing at our gallery.
Still life has been described as the 'touchstone of painting' (by none other than Edouard Manet!), and while the term gained prominence in the 16th century, the style can be traced all the way back to the Ancient Egyptians in the 15th Century BCE. While the premise of a still life is simple - a piece that features an arrangement of inanimate objects as the subject - throughout the centuries and millennia this premise has been interpreted in a wide variety of styles, from the abstract to the hyperrealist, and it is because of its rich and vibrant history that we felt it fitting to pay tribute to this artform in our exhibition. Below, we are giving you a sneak peek of some of the amazing new pieces that we are thrilled to be showing this Friday.
First up, we are delighted to introduce Jane Palmer to ScotlandArt! Jane is a brand new artist to the gallery, and we are incredibly fortunate to debut her artwork in our new exhibit. Her still lifes expertly utilises chiaroscuro (the use of contrasting light and shade) to give drama and intrigue to objects that would otherwise be looked over in day to day life. Her use of black backgrounds help to bring the subject of her paintings to the forefront, to give a Caravaggio-esque quality to her artwork. We are thrilled to have Jane's work here and we know you will too!
Lee Craigmile is a very popular artist with us, and we are very happy to show a new still life from Lee at the exhibition. Lee's aim as an artist is to create paintings that express the beauty of the world around him as faithfully as possible while conveying the emotional feel and atmosphere, and we feel that he captures that beautifully. His still lifes are dramatic and impactful, and we are very excited to have Lee with us again.
Our next artist is Andrew McNeile Jones, who is a hugely popular artist here at ScotlandArt. Andrew has exhibited regularly since 2003, and his work is in numerous private collections and several galleries around the UK, and various other European countries. In 2007 he won the ‘Art Business Today’ first prize, and in 2008 won second prize in the ‘Artists and Illustrators’ Artist of the Year competition, in the Still Life category. His pieces invoke a strong sense of nostalgia that has resonated with many of our visitors, and we cannot wait to show you more of what Andrew has with us.
We are also thrilled to show more work from James MacDonald. James is originally from Canada, but recently moved to Scotland as his family are from the area. James is passionate about his oil paintings; he paints solely from life and loves the vigor that painting allows. His thick paint and brushstrokes give his art purpose in its simplicity, and his new work is incredibly bright and vibrant. His pieces are perfect for the home, and we are sure you will love them as much as we do.
We will also be exhibiting work from Pauline Patrick, David Gleeson, and Lee Robertson. For more information about these artists, please visit their artist's page.
So come down on Friday evening, from 6pm to 8pm! Drinks and nibbles available, what more can you ask for? See you there!
As we leave the month of May, we at ScotlandArt are looking forward to the warmth of Summer, and with Scotland being one of the most beautiful places in the world (and that’s not us being biased – Scotland tops many a beauty pageant online!) we are excited to explore the beauty of the Highlands, admiring the lochs and beaches, as well as the stunning cities we call home. Our artists capture the beauty of Scotland all year round, and Summer is the best time to showcase Scotland at its peak. Below, we’ve selected some of our favourite landscapes of Scotland to inject a bit of brightness to your day (and hopefully your home!)
Our first piece is ‘Arisaig Cottage’ by the ever-popular Sheila Fowler. Based in her studio in Giffnock, Sheila is drawn to the beauty on offer in Scotland, evident in her oil paintings of Iona, Arran and other islands, with their sweeping beaches and jagged rock formations. Her style is easily recognisable, with its vibrant colours and thick brushstrokes with intricate detailing. We particularly love the bright turquoise waters giving the calm beauty of a warm summer’s day. All of Sheila’s work can be found here: https://www.scotlandart.com/Artist/Detail/553. Why not add a beautiful oil of hers to your collection?
Next, we come to Paul Graham, who has very quickly become one of our most sought-after artists. ‘Park Circus, Glasgow’ is a beautiful oil from Paul, who grew up in the city and whose style tries to capture the moment and colours that are right in front of him, with a fresh contemporary and dramatic application of paint. Paul works all over the country in all weather conditions, so his work is popular for any season! His paintings are quickly growing in popularity, so don’t miss your chance to own an original Paul Graham: https://www.scotlandart.com/Artist/Detail/583
Our final piece we are showcasing today is the stunning ‘Over the Sea to Skye’ by Catherine King. With her work exhibiting as far away as Poland and Hong Kong, Catherine’s work is truly a sight to behold. Her oils take inspiration from the beauty of the Scottish landscape, and this piece in particular captures the tranquillity of some of the more remote seashores. All of Catherine’s paintings can be found here: https://www.scotlandart.com/Artist/Detail/577
Remember you can register your interest in any of our artists online and we will contact you whenever the artist brings new work in. Alternatively, sign up to our mailing list and we will keep you up to date with all the news from ScotlandArt.
SAVE THE DATE
We will be having our next exhibition opening in June, showcasing the best of our Still Life pieces. With fantastic original art, plus some new work made specifically for the exhibit, and wine and nibbles to go around, don’t miss it! Our exhibition opens on Friday 28th June at 6pm, we hope to see you there!
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.
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 [email protected]
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 [email protected].
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.