Tuesday, 14 April 2015

"Colour" at the Lime Tree Gallery, Suffolk

Also coming along shortly now is a show at the Lime Tree Gallery in Long Melford, Suffolk, with weel-kent Scottish artists Pam Carter, Joe Hargan and Peter King.

The theme of the exhibition is colour, and vibrant, expressive colour is one of the hallmarks of Scottish art.  This love of colour, along with energetic mark-making and a joy in the texture of oil paint are all characteristics of my work.

For the show, I have made a special collection of ten paintings, each of which celebrates a different colour. 

Over a series of months, I made careful studies and observations in various locations in Suffolk, Scotland and Northern Ireland, taking photographs and making notes. Back in the studio, I used this large library of reference material to create the finished oil paintings.

Each of my pictures at this exhibition has a key colour in their title and as their theme - hence the stormy olive green of the rough North Sea, the sunny yellow of autumn grasses, the uplifting red of poppies.  The colour is observed in nature, but is then heightened and emphasised in order to give an expressive and emotional force to the scene.

Colour, then, is not just purely descriptive, but also captures an emotional feeling of what is was like to be in the landscape, and a very specific sense of place and time.

To give you a flavour of the show, here are some of my collection. 

Olive Green Sea in Summer Storm, Aldeburgh (Oil on linen, 32 x 32)

Orange Carpet of Autumn Leaves (Oil on linen, 16 x 16)

Turquoise Evening Sea, Aldeburgh (Oil on linen, 32 x 32)

Pink Grasses in Sunlight, the Campsies (Oil on linen, 12 x 12)

You can also see a link to all the paintings here.  The show opens on Saturday 25th April, and runs until May 30th.

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