October
By Alma Wolfson

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Year
1991
Media
Watercolour
Subject Matter
Landscape
Reg. Number
L5
Size
74 x 86 cm

Autumn colours are dominant in this painting of a view. There are hardly any details to suggest a particular location or even a human presence in the landscape. The brightness beyond the trees indicates a body of water, and in the distance a mere hint of mountains. While the lightness of the sky suggests the scene is of a clear October day, the organic watercolour marks add a sense of damp weather - ever present in the Scottish landscape. The artist has rendered the image loosely as a mosaic of colours, adding some sharp brush strokes and pastel for definition, as can be seen in the wind-shaped trees at the centre of the painting.

Wolfson is inspired by the ever changing weather of Scotland, preferring to work outdoors regardless of climate. A particular favourite is the island of Easdale on the West Coast of Scotland. She paints in both oil and watercolour and is known for her loose, atmospheric landscapes and seascapes, reminiscent of the Scottish Colourists, Peploe and Cadell. Wolfson also produces colourful still life paintings of flowers and fruit.

Alma Wolfson (b. 1942) studied at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1964. She has won a number of prizes, including Barclay Lennie Award Glasgow Society of Women Artists 1995, Millers Art Prize Paisley Art Institute 1995, Southern Art Club Trophy 1995 and 1998. Wolfson has exhibited in various Edinburgh, Glasgow and London galleries and her work is included in both private and public collections, such as the Scottish Arts Council, The Bank of Scotland and University of Glasgow.

With thanks to Red Rag Scottish Art Gallery and Walker Galleries.

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