MURIEL BARCLAY SOLO SHOW 2013

 

Picturing Flag

Oil on Canvas

36" x 40"

 

SOLD

LEMOND ART ANALYSIS

Barclay is known for her portrayals of ballet and music themes.

This year, just as the timetable for the independence vote is announced, Barclay paints three notable paintings.

'Picturing Flag' (above) is a simply outstanding painting. You need to see beyond the cliche of the flag. In creating it, Barclay presents several meaningful compositional layers. Set against a background of abstraction she uses symbolism starting with the large blank canvas and the draped overscale Scottish flag. The character on the left is in an almost exaggerated drama pose - an allegory of the debate. You get a sense that she is pulling back the flag to look at what the canvas (or future reveals). This inquisitiveness is contrasted with the more classical pose of the girl on the right, perhaps symbolising the status quo. The stance of both characters cleverly borrows from the shape of the St Andrews cross. We are left with questions about independence, but not the answers. These layers establish the narrative and create the timeless qualities of this monumental painting.

 

Flag Drama

Oil on Canvas

30" x 36"

 

SOLD

In 'Flag Drama' (above) again Barclay presents the blank canvas draped with the flag. In this case the character represents drama within the allegory of the independence debate. This time set against an outlook of water, you get a sense of looking out from Scotland and perhaps the international dimensions. The girl on the left is on her tiptoes looking out over the flag as if she is keen to see what lies beyond. Again, clever layers that add to this painting's timeless qualities.

 

Self Protection

Oil on Canvas

40" x 44"

 

£7500

The clue is in the title 'Self Protection' (above) and the progression presented from the left to the right. The character to the left is protected by the flag, but looks uncertain. The middle represents a shift - the hair is now tied up, as if in business-like preparation and the person becomes partly exposed. We move to the character on the right, who has now moved out from the protection of the flag and is now fully exposed, but still has the protection (the umbrella) of the colours. With this exposure, you get a renewed sense of confidence, having broken away. Perhaps the artist is leaving you with subtle observations about breaking away or out from a bad relationship and what it might be like to be on the far side.

PAINTINGS SOLD

 

Tying Ribbons

Oil on Canvas

26" x 20"

 

SOLD

 

Flag Drama

Oil on Canvas

30" x 36"

 

SOLD

 

Appropriate Footwear

Oil on Canvas

24" x 24"

 

SOLD

 

Retail Memory II

Oil on Canvas

26" x 14"

 

SOLD

 

Pink and Lilac

Oil on Canvas

20" x 30"

 

SOLD

 

Turning on Points

Oil on Canvas

30" x 16"

 

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Black Mascara

Oil on Canvas

8" x 8"

 

SOLD

 

Black Socks

Oil on Canvas

16" x 20"

 

SOLD

 

Twirling

Oil on Canvas

30" x 30"

 

SOLD

 

Attending to Footwear

Oil on Canvas

30" x 40"

 

SOLD

 

Preparations

Oil on Canvas

8" x 8"

 

SOLD

 

Finishing Touches

Oil on Canvas

10" x 10"

 

SOLD

 

Pause on Points

Oil on Canvas

31" x 13"

 

SOLD

 

Scarlett

Oil on Canvas

10" x 10"

 

SOLD

 

Crossed Limbs

Oil on Canvas

12" x 12"

 

SOLD


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