Street Scene
By Caroline McNairn

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Year
1999
Media
Mixed Media and Collage
Subject Matter
People
Reg. Number
G1014
Size
85 x 74 cm

In this painting Caroline has combined bold strokes of paint with bright colours. A large part of this painting is taken up with building works – giving the image a contemporary feel. Paint is applied in a variety of ways including rough dots, loose lines and flat shapes, with thick textured paint being scrubbed and brushed vigorously across the sky area giving the painting a lively, animated character. The end result is a semi-abstract image which, in common with most of this artist's work, also includes figurative elements. In this case two figures chat in the street and another loiters nearby. The figures are almost abstract in shape but their pose conveys the feeling of some communication between them.

Caroline McNairn (1955-2010) was born in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. Her father was an art teacher and family friends included the well known Scottish artists, Anne Redpath, William Gillies and William Johnstone. Caroline was a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art (1972-1978) and became a well-known and respected Scottish expressionist painter who exhibited in New York, Chicago, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Moscow.

She lived and worked in Russia for almost a year in 1990 and was heavily influenced by the Russian Modernist art she experienced there. Caroline was an instrumental member of the innovative 369 gallery in Edinburgh with whom she exhibited her art worldwide in the 1980's. She returned to live in the Borders in the last few years of her life before her tragically early death in 2010.

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