Artists Exploring Outer Shapes…. Inner Spaces, Thistle Gallery
Previews on Saturday, March 3rd and runs until March 25th.
Thistle Gallery are delighted to be exhibiting the work of eight leading Scottish Contemporary artists in their new Show entitled ‘Outer Shapes, Inner Spaces’
This comprehensive Exhibition features a diverse array of subject matter, composition and techniques, however, the central theme is how each of the artists explore their outer living environment to express their inner artistic spaces.
PAUL KENNEDY’s work is often inspired by his city of birth, Glasgow, and the river running through it or traditional family holidays in the Scottish coastal towns of Fife. But at the core of his work is always the narrative between the people and their surroundings.
DALE BISSLAND’s inspiration primarily comes from Mother Nature whom he credits as his first teacher. The streets of Glasgow have provided him with endless inspiration in particular the old tenements which to him express so many different moods and emotions throughout the day as the shifting light strikes their facades.
JAMES SOMERVILLE LINDSAY draws his inspiration from the great masters and his field trips now include Italy and the Greek islands. But he is equally inspired by Glasgow and has a growing reputation throughout the UK for his cityscapes.
ANDY CROSS credits the surrounding countryside of his home in South Lanarkshire and his frequent visits to France for his inspiration. His most recent Still Life painting has an emphasis on colour, texture and the simplification of shapes and space.
DONALD MACLEOD is greatly inspired by the changing colours in the land, the sea and skies that surround him on the Outer Hebrides where he lives. He likes to work freely and produce bold blocks of colour using his emotions, intuition and his ability to paint and not just paint what is in front of him.
IAIN GORDON is a keen fly fisher which takes him all over Scotland discovering ‘off the beaten track’ hill lochs and different views of mountains and glens that are usually not seen by others. He too paints freely with no restriction of colour, shape or form.
PETER NARDINI is inspired not just by scenes around Glasgow and the surrounding countryside but also the Tuscan hillsides and Swiss lakeside settings which often feature in his work. Heavily Influenced by American artist Edward Hopper it is the mystery and the intrigue created by the presence of figures in his compositions which he regularly explores.
IAN ELLIOT feels strongly that travel is enlightening and how important it is to absorb the diversity of the places you visit, even within your own environs. And no matter what kind of work he is producing he gets pleasure from depicting the environment in an expressive, colourful and enjoyable way.
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