Artist Uncovered: David Michie OBE, RSA, FRSA
"All the wonderful things that happen through the commonplace"
DATE POSTED: 13th of October 2014
Gabrielle Reith reinvents the landscape. She flattens it and then reintroduces depth with patterns and texture. By breaking it down into distinctive shapes, motifs and dark outlines that delineate the blocks of colours, the artist creates a universal language of signs and symbols.
DATE POSTED: 27th of August 2014
Titles like 'March Hare', 'Miracle Fish' and 'Milagro' give us an inkling of Lamb's predilection for fairy tales and enchantment and this is indeed confirmed unmistakably by the allusion to 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' in the cover image of her website and by the artist's long blond hair that echoes the famous golden locks.
DATE POSTED: 30th of July 2014
Pettigrew's numerous self-portraits show a young man looking straight at the viewer, not with arrogance but with the assurance that befitted the accomplished draughtsman that he was. The word 'extraordinary' comes to mind when describing the extent and range of his talent.
DATE POSTED: 22nd of July 2014
This month our tour of the Art in Healthcare gallery focuses on Royal Academician painter and printmaker, Barbara Rae. The four works in the Art in Healthcare collection illustrate some of the media and techniques used by the artist: printmaking, paint and collage.
DATE POSTED: 4th of April 2013
An assumption some people make is that students spend their spare time partying. Or not, in the case of the members of one particular Edinburgh University society as I found out when I met their president Sarah Johnston who explained how the Art in Healthcare University Student Friends organise a variety of activities in care homes for the elderly, in play schemes for teenagers and in schools.
DATE POSTED: 18th of March 2013
Two large canvasses face each other in Kate Downie's studio, their typically energetic and expressive marks awaiting her finishing touch before their exhibition this summer at the Royal Scottish Academy. One is a reconstructed view of Beijing where she did a residency in 2011, eagerly immersing herself in the street life of the city, and the other is a sweeping and empty landscape. Despite or rather because of the absence of human forms, the juxtaposition of the dark monolithic cityscape with the depopulated countryside is characteristic of Downie's sensibility for the human condition.
DATE POSTED: 4th of March 2013