Islay Pink
By Simon Laurie

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Media
Printmaking
Subject Matter
Abstract - Landscape
Reg. Number
G1456
Size
64 x 68 cm

This screenprint by Simon Laurie uses bright colours to emphasize the outlines of ancient and modern structures on the island. Typical of Simon’s style, this piece utilizes a stylized depiction of the subject using outlines and flattened perspectives, against a simple background, that frames the piece.

As the title suggests, the dominant colour is pink, though there is a wide range of shades on display which provides a strong contrast. A bright salmon pink square, partially framed in purple, dominates the lower part of the picture: this square contains smaller orange and cerise squares that form a background to several silhouettes, including a church with steeple and a simple house. To their right a water tower outlined in red and a turquoise flag sit next to a rectangle with the letters “INI” written in red. The sharp angles of these forms contrast with the set of three rings – the larger in purple, and the smaller two in red. The two V-shapes nearby them may represent birds. The bands of lilac, purple and green along the top of the piece suggest a horizon.

Born in Glasgow in 1964, Simon Laurie studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1982 to 1987. He usually works in acrylics, using the bright colours to create still-lives and stylized landscapes, often depicting Scottish island and coastal scenes. He has won a number of awards, and his work is featured in several public collections, including the Aberdeen Art Gallery.

With thanks to Scottish Art for information about this artist

Further information on this artist, courtesy of Panter and Hall