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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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Scottish art: artist Pam Carter

'Farm, Iona' by Pam Carter

'Farm, Iona' by Pam Carter

Today we highlight the art work of Scottish ArtistPam Carter

Pam Carter was born in Tanganyika, East Africa in 1952. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art.

Inspiration for Pam Carter paintings is found in the rugged West Scottish Coast with its isolated cottages and wild colours of the machair and brachen. Pam also paints East Scottish Coastal scenes with fishing villages, farm land and majestic cliffs where she loves to stand on a high viewpoint. From there she can see the magnitude of the Scottish Landscape. Sunspots move across the valleys. And the forbidding trip to the Western Scottish Isles brings great reward with its sweeping golden sands and turquoise tranquil waters which is almost idyllically tropical.

Scottish locations such as Skye, Lewis, Harris and the Uists have been favourite islands for Carter to visit. Pam has also produced contemporary paintings of Tiree and Coll.Tiree offers idyllic settings. The Island’s architecture is like a museum of Scotland’s past with wonderful cottages sitting perched on the most beautiful of beaches

A sense of place is important in Pam Carter’s paintings but she does not seek to capture a scene with complete accuracy. Pam often interprets the scene with abstract elements. She translates the light in terms of contrast and colour – often bold but always with subtlety and balance. Ultimately she wants to create a visual sensation and pleasing image in her contemporary paintings.

In addition to original paintings art work can be bought as Pam Carter Limited Edition Prints

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Scottish Art – featured artist Archie Dunbar McIntosh

'Pier Number 4' by Archie Dunbar McIntosh

'Pier Number 4' by Archie Dunbar McIntosh

Continuing with the theme of our current Scottish art show, today we are highlighting the work of Archie Dunbar McIntosh

Archie Dunbar McIntosh was born in Glasgow in 1936. His Father generated Archie’s interest in art through visits to the Kelvingrove art gallery, whilst family holidays on paddlesteamers “doon the watter” gave McIntosh his life-long passion for the waters, banks and ‘flyers’ of the Clyde. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1953 to 1957.

McIntosh’s paintings reflect his enduring love of the Scottish Isles. Archie says: “Since childhood, I have lived in close proximity to sea, loch, river and mountain. As a painter I have the desire to investigate the form, colour, texture and mood of each, and respond through drawing and painting. I feel it is part of my cultural heritage to interpret and translate the many influences in my life and soul. Within the ‘larger vision’ there exists many smaller component parts, which can combine to wear the whole. For example, a small harbour can present graphic images of fishermen ropes, reels, boxes, boats, birds – each with the potential for interpretation changing light, changing mood, changing seasons, changing vision.”

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Scottish Art Show at Red Rag

'Towards Isle of Rum' by Robert Kelsey

'Towards Isle of Rum' by Robert Kelsey

Today is the start of our latest art show. It is a mixed art exhibition featuring over 200 paintings from the studies of both leading and emerging Scottish Artists. Scottish art is very much influenced by the use of bold, vibrant colours, so right now the gallery is a real explosion of colour

The show includes still life, landscape, seascape, portrait and surrealist paintings. There are also limited edition prints by many of the Scottish artists

One of the artists participating in the show is Robert Kelsey. He was born in Glasgow in 1949 and attended the Glasgow School of Art studying under influential leading artists David Donaldson, John Cunningham, Alexander Goudie, James Robertson and Duncan Shanks. Years later Robert Kelsey’s paintings still reflect the powerful influence of his art tutors. Other influences on Kelsey’s paintings are The Scottish Colourists, Peploe and Cadell and Robert also admires the art work of the English artists Edward Seago and Ken Howard.

Despite being an enthusiastic traveller, Robert Kelsey has always loved returning to his Scottish roots and the inspiration found in the beauty of the Scottish coastline. Kelsey’s distinctive oils on canvas paintings convey the vast flat beaches, sparkling emerald water and majestic skies in a glowing array of blues, golds and greens. Over the last few years Robert Kelsey has established a reputation for his lively and fluent style of painting. Kelsey often focusses on his favourite subject, the wide, lonely beach landscapes of the Western Isles. Alongside Scottish paintings Kelsey also produces wonderful landscape paintings of Italy, Cornwall and Spain as well as richly coloured still life paintings. The intensity of colour in these continental works and still lifes complement the more subtle tones of the Scottish beaches.

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Scottish art: Paintings by Margaretann Bennett

'Chef's Table' by Scottish artist Margaretann Bennett

'Chef's Table' by Scottish artist Margaretann Bennett

I just love the art work of Scottish Artists and especially Margaretann Bennett and judging by the hits from the last post featuring her art work so plenty of other people.

Margaretann Bennett who was born in Scotland in 1968. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1987 to 1991

In 2004 Margaretann Bennett was elected a member of the RSW (Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours). She has also been the recipient of a number of art awards including: The Armour Award at the RGI annual exhibition in 2006 and the William Bowie Art Award at Paisley Arts Institute

Margaretann’s current paintings are of mixed media. She creates a surface of rich colour and sumptuous texture with paint, often incorporating layers of delicate paper which she pre-colours and marks. Bennett’s approach is intuitive rather than analytical: there is deliberate tension between areas of abstraction and finer detail. Most of her contemporary paintings are a distillation of collected experiences into a visual unity and an evocation, rather than depiction of place or objects

In recent years Margaretann has changed her style of art with great success. Not only has it brought her new art awards but also an increasingly appreciative following of art lovers. Her latest art works at Red Rag Gallery are mostly contemporary still life pieces. Each contain wonderful texture and delicacy in the paintings that are difficult to reproduce for the web, but are a joy to viewin the gallery.

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Scottish art: Emma Davis paintings

'Dreaming' - mixed media painting by Emma Davis

'Dreaming' - mixed media painting by Emma Davis

Today’s featured artist is Emma Davis.

Emma is a young Scottish Artist born in Scotland in 1975. She grew up in a family of artists and then studied contemporary art for four years at the Glasgow School of Art graduating in 1998.

In 1999 Emma was the youngest ever art winner of the Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award, awarded by the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (RSW). As a result Emma travelled extensively in Italy during 2000 and later successfully exhibited many contemporary paintings of Italy at the annual RSW exhibition in 2001. She was elected an artist member of the RSW in the same year.

Today’s paintings are dominated by vistas of the Scottish landscape. Emma says “I have always had a great love for the Scottish landscape as I grew up surrounded by beautiful countryside. My contemporary paintings are often personal. My moods and emotions about particular areas I’m painting, the strength of light and most importantly colour, influence the way that I work each day”

Emma art works are mostly in mixed media pieces but she also produces fine oil paintings. Like many Scottish artists Emma’s inspiration for paintings and prints come from her roots – Scottish Landscapes and Scottish Marine scenes. And, her distinctive style in the use of strong bold colours are becoming increasingly collectible.

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Scottish art: Limited Edition Prints by Hamish MacDonald

Hamish MacDonald - 'Summer Plockton'

Hamish MacDonald - 'Summer Plockton'

Scottish artist Hamish MacDonald died last year. As a result the numbers of Hamish MacDonald Limited Edition prints personally signed and number by Hamish are sadly running out fast.

Hamish MacDonald was one of the leading contemporary Scottish Artists. He painted mostly in oils and mixed media. He was very much a Scottish colourist at heart, but his approach to Scottish contemporary painting created an immediacy and spontaneity in his art. Inspiration for Hamish’s paintings and prints came from his roots – Scottish Landscapes and Scottish Marine scenes. And, his distinctive fluid style in the use of strong bold colours successfully created a sense of place and atmosphere.

Today’s featured print image is ’Summer Plockton’ one of the most attractive of Scottish anchorages. Here Hamish MacDonald’s very immediate style and bold use of colour and line create a real sense of the Scottish landscape with it’s traditional crofters cottages and charming setting.

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