Posts Tagged ‘Scottish Art

29
Aug
11

Scottish artist: Jane Cruickshank solo show at Red Rag

OUT OF THE ORDINARY: Jane Cruickshank solo exhibition

Scottish Art: Contemporary Paintings by Jane Cruickshank

The latest exhibition at Red Rag Gallery features Scottish artist Jane Cruickshank who is gaining a reputation for her luminous fine art still life and figure painting; a reputation that will no doubt be enhanced by this remarkable solo exhibition, which is now open at the Red Rag Gallery in Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire.

Paintings from Jane have been a regularly shown at the gallery for the last five years but this is her first solo exhibition with Red Rag. It focuses on her still life work and includes delicately defined paintings of vessels of different materials (ceramic, metallic), household items (such as scissors), fruit and books – in each case helping us to see how the ordinary and the day-to-day reveal the extraordinary as we take time to observe them.

Although this exhibition will concentrate on Jane’s still life work, her initial interest was in painting figures – during her studies she concentrated on producing representational figures placed in large minimal spaces to evoke a sense of isolation and vulnerability. She is fascinated with the play and effects of light and shadow on a figure or object and creating a strong presence within a space. She says, “I started painting the figure while at Art College, mainly self-portraits or members of the family usually on large canvases with the figure placed off centre to create an image of vulnerability. Pattern and surface is a tool that I use to explore how the dominance of appearance manipulates the identity.”

Her paintings have all the quality and depth associated with her principal medium of oils, successfully combining intense realism with a luminescence and clarity that give them a very contemporary feel. Her work is immediately accessible. Red Rag Gallery Manager, Carole Teagle comments, “We are delighted to host this fascinating solo show by Jane Cruickshank. There is a gentleness and peace to Jane’s still life paintings that gives them an enduring quality and causes us to take time to ponder and reflect, a precious offering of stability at a time of fast movement and change.”

NOTES Jane Cruickshank BA (Hons), MA (b. 1976, Speyside) studied Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen from 1994-99. She was commended in the Coopers and Lybrand Competition (1996); won a John Kinross Scholarship to Florence (1997), awarded by the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh; and won the James Torrance Memorial Award from the Royal Glasgow Institute (1998). She has exhibited extensively, particularly in Scottish Art Galleries where she has already presented a number of solo exhibitions.

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12
Jun
11

Scottish art: new artist at Red Rag Gallery

Stephanie Rew 'Scarlet Kimono'

Red Rag have added the art works of Stephanie Rew who is a highly successful Scottish artist to the portfolio of contemporary artists.

Stephanie Rew was raised in the historic city of Edinburgh, Scotland leaving for Dundee in 1994 to study at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. She first became interested in drawing and painting at an early age, showing ability beyond her years.

Her primary subject matter is the female figure. Always painted with a sense of ambiguity, faces half hidden with the human form often just emerging from the darkness. The nude was a predominant motif to her work and has developed using drapery and pattern in combination with the figure. Tone and form as well as strong light and colour is what inspires her. Recently she has been concentrating on the juxtaposition of tonality and texture whilst keeping a private, reflective mood with the work. Recently she has returned to her interest in dance and has been working with an aerial dancer in Edinburgh, striving to capture in oil paint, the elegance and strength to be found in this type of dance.

Kneeling in Kimono by Scottish artist Stephanie Rew

Stephanie Rew’s paintings are heavily influenced by the Baroque style of oil painting and she combines Old Masters techniques with those of her own. Rew’s use of glazes is important to the finished art work creating an inner glow to each oil painting. Caravaggio’s trademark use of chiaroscuro and strong colour created by glazing techniques has inspired Stephanie Rew’s paintings for the last decade. Her paintings are promoted at Red Rag’s Bath Art Gallery in Brock Street.

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25
Oct
10

Scottish artist: Archie Forrest

'Basket with Fruit and Flowers' by Archie Forrest

Red Rag have released a number of new Still Life paintings by Scottish artist by Archie Forrest. Forrest is undoubtedly one of Scotland’s leading contemporary painters. He studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1969 to 1973 and taught there for seven years before giving up teaching in 1985 to be a full-time artist.

Archie Forrest is a perfectionist and is uncompromising in the high standards he sets himself. He works in the Glasgow School/Scottish Colourist tradition creating still life paintings of brilliant colour and underpinned by fine drawing and sense of form. He paints with layers of intermingled colours giving his paintings a wonderful depth with a luscious quality. His paintings have appeared regularly in the annual shows of both the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, to which he was elected in 1988, and the Royal Scottish Academy. A painter and a sculptor, Forrest is essentially viewed as a colourist working in the subdued earthy harmonies of the Glasgow school. Cézanne and Matisse are major inspirations to the artist.

His paintings are highly sought after and appear in many private and public art collections, including The Duchess of York, BBC, Glasgow Art Club, Royal College of Physicians, Scottish Amicable, Scottish Opera and National Portrait Gallery.

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12
Jun
10

‘Adam and Eve’ at Red Rag Bath Art Gallery

Gordon Mitchell has been described as one of the finest Scottish draughtsman and imaginative painters of his generation. He is an elected Member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour , the Royal Glasgow Institute and the Royal Scottish Academy. His art work has won numerous awards and his paintings are represented in a number of important public and private art collections including Kansas City Art Institute, Paisley Art Institute, Ralli Museums, Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish Arts Council, and the University of Edinburgh.

'Adam' by Scottish artist Gordon Mitchell

Gordon Mitchell’s paintings display a balance and superb tonal harmony. His paintings are beautifully executed and can be amusing at times, at others ironic. The paintings range over many subjects from fruit and ceramic vessels to the human form represented as all manner of objects. Gordon is certainly the master of unexpected juxtaposition and constantly delights his many art collectors and admirers with his technical brilliance and offbeat sense of humour. Mitchell uses humour, pathos and irony in his paintings to interpret his thoughts and make them palatable to a world that might sometimes rather not be reminded of the problems it faces, collectively or individually.

'Eve' by Gordon Mitchell

Gordon Mitchell original art works and Gordon Mitchell Limited Edition Prints are available from Red Rag Gallery. For further information about Gordon Mitchell art works contact the Red Rag Art Gallery in Bath

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08
Apr
10

Bath Art Gallery – new paintings from Scottish artist Helen Wilson

'Practice Tutu' by Scottish artist Helen Wilson RGI

Red Rag has just received new paintings from Scottish Artist Helen Wilson.

Today’s featured image ‘Practice Tutu – White’ is an oil painting of dancer Luciana Ravizzi. Helen Wilson recorded the scene at the Scottish Ballet Nutcracker rehearsals.

Helen Wilson was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, in 1954. She studied at Glasgow School of Art and at Hospitalfield Art centre. During this time she was awarded the Robert Hart Bursary and Governor’s Prize, Hospitalfield; a Travelling Scholarship (Italy and Yugoslavia); the WO Hutcheson Prize for Drawing; the Postgraduate Studies Award, Glasgow School of Art; and the John and Mabel Craig Award.

Helen Wilson is a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI) and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters (RSW). Her paintings are in various private and public art collections including: Glasgow Art Gallery, Kelvingrove, Paisley Museum & Art Gallery, Scottish Arts Council, Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Royal College of Physicians.

Paintings by Helen Wilson are available from Red Rag Bath Modern Art Gallery

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11
Jan
10

Scottish contemporary art from Red Rag Gallery

'Hillside Moon' by Scottish artist Georgie Young at Red Rag Gallery

Today’s featured Scottish Artist at the Red Rag Gallery is Georgie Young

Georgie Young is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art. Her work is inspired by the Scottish landscape. Georgie aims to evoke a feeling and capture a sense of place in her paintings. She seeks to create atmosphere or an unexpected detail rather than reproduce a direct likeness.

Today’s image ‘Hillside Moon’ is typical of Georgie’s contemporary paintings. The painting is full of atmosphere and intrigue and the viewer is drawn into the landscape and a higher place.

Georgie Young paints primarily in acrylic using a bold palette and rich textures. Her paintings are available for Red Rag Gallery. For more details contact + 44 1451 832563.

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18
Dec
09

Scottish art: artist Helen Wilson at Red Rag Bath Modern Art Gallery

'Nutcracker Rehearsal' by Helen Wilson at Red Rag Gallery

Helen Wilson is today’s featured Scottish Artist at the Red Rag Gallery.

Helen Wilson was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, in 1954. She studied at Glasgow School of Art and at Hospitalfield Art centre. During this time she was awarded the Robert Hart Bursary and Governor’s Prize, Hospitalfield; a Travelling Scholarship (Italy and Yugoslavia); the WO Hutcheson Prize for Drawing; the Postgraduate Studies Award, Glasgow School of Art; and the John and Mabel Craig Award.

Artists David Hockney and Chagall were strong influences during Helen Wilson’s time at the Glasgow School of Art. She has always liked the art work Degas and admires Sickert, Giotto and the Italian Masters. Her greatest influence was Scottish artist Charles MacQueen from her days in the Art Department of her school in Paisley.

Helen Wilson completed the featured painting recently at rehearsals for the Scottish Ballet. This year is the Scottish Ballet’s 40th anniversary and the current production is the Nutcracker. Helen Wilson excels at capturing the breathtaking beauty of Scottish Ballet on stage as well as the sweat and sheer dedication behind the scenes.

Helen Wilson is a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI) and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters (RSW). Her paintings are in various private and public art collections including: Glasgow Art Gallery, Kelvingrove, Paisley Museum & Art Gallery, Scottish Arts Council, Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Royal College of Physicians.

Paintings by Helen Wilson are available from Red Rag Bath Modern Art Gallery

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