Four Men Take Centre Stage at Thistle Gallery runs until 3 September, 2017
Thistle Gallery is delighted to be featuring the original artwork of four accomplished artists currently living and working in Glasgow. Summer Exhibition for 2017, of which their exhibits are part, runs until September 3rd.
GREGORY MOORE ~ For many years Gregory, a graduate of Belfast Art College and a native of Northern Ireland, was a popular artist on his home turf through the mediums of pastels and water colours. However, a move to Glasgow a few years ago prompted him to return to the medium of print making at the Glasgow Print Studio and 11 of his evocative prints are now being featured at Thistle Gallery until August 8th. He uses a number of techniques in his work including etching, aquatint, mezzotints and carborundum. His inspiration is drawn mainly from the landscape and it’s character and wildlife.
PAUL KENNEDY ~ a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art brings together his drawings and photographs to produce works that depict the lives and interactions of people, places and objects which one day will be lost.
‘During my lifetime, Glasgow, the city in which I was born and raised has undergone. rapid development. But for every building that is knocked down a million memories are torn down with it.
‘As the banks of the Clyde turn from heavy industry to tourism, how many lives have been changed? My paintings reflect my thoughts and feelings on a lost history of place and time.’
ROSS MUIR ~ self taught artist Ross’ inspiration was a keen eye for beauty in its many shapes and forms and the many things life has to offer.
His profound paintings of enigmatic women are now avidly collected by discerning art lovers who truly appreciate his innate talent and distinctive style.
‘Time and again I get asked if I only paint women. And I respond by saying I have yet to find something more beautiful than the magical form of a woman.’
As for technique he feels deeply that the painting is ‘won or fought in the mind’ and as a result his technique can be described as ‘an inner battle which centres in the mind and, being self taught, is carried out to conclusion by trial and error.’
DALE BISSLAND ~ Dale’s inspiration came initially from Mother Nature and he credits her as being his first teacher. Sketching and painting In oils in the rural surroundings, where he grew up, on the outskirts of Cumbernauld, is where he learned his craft. For Dale the learning curve from mostly landscape subjects to architectural studies was very steep, more so than he had anticipated but the challenge of it, for him, makes it all the more rewarding.
In Dale’s words: ‘The step back towards more traditional painting techniques in our art today, has created so many remarkable realist painters – a genre I’m very proud to be a part of.’
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