When portrait commissions go swimmingly I think seriously about seeking them more actively. This recent one of Dr Ruth Page was a case in point, with the composition suggesting itself almost immediately, and the sitter being generous enough to sit for the duration of the process – roughly ten sittings.
I’m extremely grateful to those who put the commission my way, and to Dr Page for being such a patient and hospitable subject.
From a distance there’s perhaps a somewhat forbidding air, but the humour and friendliness becomes apparent on closer acquaintance. Ruth was President of New College 1996 – ’99; the first woman to hold the position. She’s particularly noted for her scholarly works on ecology and the natural world, explored from a theological perspective.
From galleries in the Central Belt to Castle Douglas and all the way to Suffolk, my work is adorning gallery walls in winter exhibitions. Grab a woolly hat and mittens and skate along to one near you. (Click the links or contact me for more samples and information.)
McGill Duncan Gallery, Castle Douglas
Morningside Gallery, Edinburgh
MacGregor Fine Art, Glasgow
Resipole at the Drey, Suffolk
Blytheswood Gallery, 15 Blythswood Square, Glasgow (no website)
In the absence of new content that I’m ready to post, I’ll just insert this slideshow which I’ve had on YouTube for a while.
I was able to give ‘Here’s Looking at Euclid’ its first public airing at the Spring Fling last month, and I was pleased to see that it drew interest from a wide range of viewers. One young chap quietly devoted an hour to sketching all fifteen panels into his sketchbook – a real compliment! His mum kindly scanned me the result…
I’ve always got works and works in progress at home…
“The White Vase”
And, for anyone interested, there’s about 24 pieces of mine currently spread out between two galleries in Glasgow:
Art Exposure Gallery, Glasgow
19 Parnie Street
0141 552 7779
Open Tue – Sat, 12pm to 5pm
& by arrangement
And at MacGregor Fine Art
Connal Building, 5th Floor, 34 West George Street
0141 332 5551
Open Tue-Sat,10am – 5.30pm
(Iain MacGregor has my work in stock, and will hang it in March.)
Just a smattering of recent work from the end of last year… No sign of the impending geometry fever!
“The Rest is Noise”
Off to a busy start this month producing 16 new works… (even if 15 of them together really only count as one.)
“Here’s Looking at Euclid”
Just pausing in my painting frenzy to say I’ll be one of five painters showing in the Billcliffe Gallery’s aptly titled group show, ‘Five,’ opening on September 3rd, 2010.
I set up this arrangement to give my students a challenge painting fabric with a limited palette. Couldn’t resist tackling it myself.
With the demise of Geocities, I’ll use this as my new calendar of forthcoming exhibitions, as well as a general dumping ground for jpegs of recent work. I’m not sure if I’ll have the time or inclination to learn how to use this properly, but do check back soon, and send me an angry message if there’s nothing new!
I’ll kick things off with a totally uncategorised smattering of (mostly) recent work.