BIG SUMMER SHOW 2020
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This year we are attempting to spread the customer loading further with more emphasis PRE-SHOW, the normal OPENING WEEKEND and an EXTENSION for those that can't make it to the OPENING WEEKEND. We are also offering EVENING bookable TIME SLOTS.
Friday 10th July 2020 from 6.00pm to 8.30pm
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July from 11.00am to 5.00pm.
Monday 13th July to Sunday 19th July from 11.00am to 5.00pm daily.
You can BUY or RESERVE a painting/s PRE-SHOW from now.
Please call 0141 942 4683 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If it is easier to SEE US in the evening we will also offer BOOKABLE TIME SLOTS each evening between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Please call 0141 942 4683 to arrange.
ARTISTS ON THIS PAGE
John Kingsley RSW PAI, NEW John Smyth, Linda Park, NEW Pam Scott, Allan J Robertson, Peter Foyle, NEW Meg Miller, Ed Hunter, Laura Hunter, Lynn Hunter, Paul Graham, Amy Marshall, Sheila Fowler and Gillian Henshaw.
JOHN KINGSLEY RSW PAI
NEW JOHN SMYTH
John Smyth was born in 1978. Grays School of Art, Aberdeen 1996-2000.
The naturalistic or realistic human form. John believes that the contrast between the highly disciplined pursuit of naturalistic figurative painting and the freedom of working with the dynamic interplay with abstraction provides balance on both a visual and conceptual level.
NEW PAM SCOTT
REAL GONE KID
A claustrophobic composition in which a young homeless boy is huddled at the feet of passersby who are oblivious, both to his presence and his predicament.
Their preoccupation with material possessions and designer labels contrasts with him having so very little. The difference in their status is referenced in the same scarf worn by the boy and the well-heeled woman.
Paper and Collage on Board
48cm x 48cm
WAR + PEACE = PEOPLE
A deconstructed view of the People's Palace and Winter Gardens, Glasgow. A nostalgic image of a well-loved building, holding the collective memory of the people it represents, but with a darker side, referenced in the Doomsday Clock. There's a sense of atrophy, with the Winter Gardens now being closed down, but nature continues to flourish. Perhaps the people of Glasgow do too !
Paper on Board
60cm x 54cm
NOTHING NEVER HAPPENS
The consequences of people doing nothing when a culture of apathy allows entropy to creep in.
Nature quickly runs free and takes over, causing collapse - 'Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; mere anarchy is loosed upon the world' (WB Yeats). Lyrics from Del Amitri's 'Nothing Ever Happens' are referenced throughout e.g.: traffic lights turned to stop and the billboarding advertising unneeded products. The telephone exchanges lead to jumbled wires, signifying the breakdown of communications that would be so devastating to 21st Century humanity. The Doomsday Clock, set at the current 100 seconds to midnight, symbolizes how close to the edge we are now. The cockroach, the consummate survivor, also references Kafka's Gregor Samsa, who suffered the terrible consequences of inaction.
Paper and Wire on Board
82cm x 45cm
FORMULA FOR ELEGANCE
An in-depth, holistic portrait of a long and principled life that has been lived, fully in harmony with nature, promoting peace and protection to the planet. The Fibonacci Sequence (the formula for elegance) is referenced in the unfurling Fern and the Butterfly, which is folded from the page in the Bible regarding the ration of cubits to build the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25:10). The sitter is the late Dr Jim Taggart of Linn Botanic Gardens, Cove who based much of his garden design on the Golden Ration and was a committed member of CND. He is surrounded by some of his extensive plant collection with the pencil portrait in the villa window of his son, Jamie who died before him, commenting on how death is part of life.
Paper and Pencil on Board
45cm x 60cm
(Follows from Real Gone Kid - above). Due to unfortunate circumstances, Alice now finds herself cast adrift and homeless. A difficult home life saw instances of petty theft (Jam Tarts) and a struggle to conform to authority (painted roses) which led to her being rejected. Echoes from her past threaten to follow he in the looming shadow of the Queen and there is further evidence if her rebelliousness in the bottle from which she has drunk. The work comments on how easily anyone can find their life out of control and ultimately become homeless.
Paper, Acrylic and Pencil on Board
78cm x 62cm
RESISTANCE IS FERTILE
(Follows from Nothing Never Happens - above). This piece focuses on the relentless manner in which, left to it's own devices and without the influence of humanity, it (nature) will surge ahead and flourish. Unstoppable, it cannot be held back and efforts to do so ar ultimately futile. The concept is echoed in the Kafkaesque insect that is unable to influence it's surroundings, but has also become a survivor.
Paper on Board
46cm x 24cm
Portrait featuring the Glasgow Coat of Arms, where the Bird, Tree, Bell and Fish are substituted for Florida icons to suit Billy Connolly's new abode.
Although he's far from home, Glasgow is never far from his mind. The fly fishing represents a happy memory and is something he is still able to enjoy.
Paper and Catgut on Board
50cm x 50cm
ALLAN J ROBERTSON
NEW MEG MILLER
Meg grew up in Skye. In 2019, she gained a First Class Honours Degree in Contemporary Art Practice - Sculpture at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen. Her work traverses a number of fine art disciplines. Through these methods, her intention has been to examine the idea of an inherent intelligence within nature.
'I sometimes try new materials in order to ‘freshen’ my painting stye. This spring I have switched to working on linen, which has a lighter environmental footprint than cotton, and have been mixing non-toxic, earth-based pigments with walnut oil, just as the old masters did, to create beautiful, free flowing oil paints that are a joy to work with, especially when working with fresh flowers in the spring light.'