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Summer Update – 2017

Summer 2017 – update

The main event in my diary this summer is the “Landshapes” exhibition taking place at Dean Clough in Halifax. The exhibition brings together the semi abstract landscape work by contemporary artists from Holland, Scotland and England. I delivered eight paintings of various sizes to the gallery a couple of weeks ago and the exhibition has it’s private view tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 17th June) and then runs throughout the summer until early September. Nita and I will be setting off very early tomorrow morning in order to attend the preview and I have to say, that I’m really looking forward to seeing the other work. Below is the exhibition poster.

Landshapes Exhibition – Halifax

My last update on this page was all about The Oregon Project and other works” exhibition we had at the Tent Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art back in April. I have to say, that it was very hard work for everyone involved. Dan Thornton, Ryan Scott, Cindy Apple and Lindsay Scott all travelled over from Seattle to help install and invigilate the exhibition for the full three weeks, while Neel Joshi (who originally created the project through his work at Microsoft Research) also flew over for the install to set up the Microsoft Kinects…. the heart of this audio visual installation. The Ayrshire team comprising myself, Graham Byron, Drew Kirkland, Anita Groves, Tracey Byron and Gary Byron, all travelled over to Edinburgh some or all days throughout the install and exhibition…. making for very long days. It was very worth while though as we not only had a very good turnout, (over 300 visitors to the exhibition) but we also had a lot of interest and good feedback. BBC Scotland very kindly gave the exhibition great publicity in the form of a short piece on its morning and evening TV news, as well as further coverage on their morning radio programme. Our thanks to all concerned with this. Thanks too, to everyone at RNIB Scotland who help publicise the exhibition and who helped organise a special evening event for RNIB users and staff.

The exhibition was divided into two sections. In the main Tent Gallery space we exhibited some of my Scottish landscape paintings, as well as showing the large Glen Rosa graphite drawing. In the cinema space to the rear of the gallery, we exhibited The Oregon Project along with another smaller audio visual work created by Dan and Ryan. The venue was excellent and my thanks go out to Donald Urquhart and all his colleagues and students for making us so welcome….. and putting up with the noise during the installation.

BBC Scotland video

As I said, by the end, we were all pretty exhausted. After a week back in the studio, Nita and I travelled north to Assynt for a much needed holiday, walking and relaxing in the stunning landscape. We were very lucky and had perfect weather for the whole of our two weeks away. We managed several fine walks during the course of which, I made a good number of sound recordings.

Although The Oregon Project is now officially over, Graham and I are already starting work on developing new audio visual pieces. I’ve been working on two 44” square graphite drawings which have been generated from one of the sound recordings I made in Assynt and from this I have just started work on a 48” square canvas. This painting will try and use the textures created by the large horse hair house painting brush to interpret the sounds in the recording. It’s all in its early stages yet, but with a bit of luck we hope to move on to create a large Scottish audio visual work that develops the ideas started in The Oregon Project.

Of course, after last year when I did very little Scottish painting, I am now working hard to create some new pieces. Below are a couple of recent paintings. As usual, my studio is open to visitors and so if you are in Ayrshire this summer, do call in. I always have a good stock of original paintings, drawings, prints and cards for sale.

383 'Towards Ben Nevis', Acrylic & Pastel, 2017, 30 x 30cm

‘Towards Ben Nevis’


385 'A cold, damp winter's morning, Glencoe', Acrylic & Pastel, 2017, 80 x 80 cm

‘A cold, damp winter’s morning, Glencoe’



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