Thistle Gallery Scottish Contemporary Art
56 Park Road, Glasgow G4 9JF
Eight eclectic leading Scottish female artists are participating in the new Exhibition entitled 'Shaping Their World.....' – Aine Divine, Cecilia Forrest, Pam Glennie, Brita Granstrom, Madeleine Hand, Jackie Henderson, Linda Park and Mairi Stewart bringing shape and meaning to the world around them portraying: people, objects, landscapes and the emotions these evoke.
The Exhibition runs for two weeks from Saturday 12th to Sunday, September 27th
The Thistle Gallery is delighted to showcase the work of eight truly talented women artists, who are currently living and working in Scotland, and whose works resonate with many appreciative followers. Each artist has her own distinctive technique and style with diverse inspirations infusing their work.
Accomplished Portrait Artist Aine Divine was a finalist in the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2014. As a people painter, she loves using water as a vehicle for colour.
'Watercolour paint perfectly describes skin, building it up in layers, you feel as though you are creating a living thing. Observation, to me is the key element. I derive great satisfaction from seeing, selecting, then drawing down.'
Alongside her watercolour portraits Aine is currently working on a series of still life oil paintings examples of which will feature in the 'Shaping the World' Exhbitiion.
Swedish born Brita Granstrom has shared her life between the UK and her homeland for over 20 years and now lives in the Scottish Borders. Her hard won ethic of observing and working from life, both indoors and out, in all weathers, produces images that encompass and celebrate themes of hope, humanity, life and mortality. She is adept at capturing those mundane tender moments of everyday life which often pass us by.
Glasgow Artist Cecilia Forrest's inspiration comes from urban scapes, lifestyle and observing everyday life and human nature, often injecting humour to her subjects using lighthearted props. Oils are her preferred medium and her images are instantly recognisable and not surprisingly her vivid work has gained wide interest at home and abroad.
Pam Glennie's original pastel paintings are essentially intuitive, suggestive and evocative colour arrangements. She is constantly searching for harmony, balance and expression by working in a kind of free style mode; searching for new possibilities to 'colour outside the lines' as her work becomes more and more abstract in nature.
Perthshire based Madeleine Hand 's latest series of watercolour paintings has been inspired by the everyday with a touch of make believe. She loves the paintings of the 1940's and has been much influenced by the work of Eric Ravilious and Evelyn Dunbar. The subjects of fields, farming, contemplation and celebration often feature in her painting.
Now based in Glasgow emerging artist Jackie Henderson originates from the East Coast. Her bird and figurative work is very autobiographical integrating her love of books, poetry and stripey socks! Working predominantly in acrylics, building up layers is the essence of her distinctive paintings. Alternating paint with glaze allows her to 'rub back' revealing previous layers of colour and textures – achieved by imprinting lace and delicate textiles into a gesso and modelling paste base.
Linda Park's distinctive paintings are inspired from the dramatic scenes she sees all around her. She likes to paint bold landscape interpretations mainly of places she has visited in Scotland and France. Looking at views from acute perspectives she creates memorable and dramatic compositions. Linda works in oils with a wide variety of brushes, knives and other implements. She enjoys the freedom to create a rich and evocative world of colour, movement and texture.
Edinburgh based artist Mairi Stewart's work is an infusion of her daily observations and is an intuitive response to the relationship that selected objects have with memory. She finds constant inspiration from her surroundings, be it domestic or in nature, and enjoys the endless possibilities of balancing colour and shape within her compositions – often using flowers or fruit as poetic accents.
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