Our winter group exhibition explores the different themes within the title ‘Land, Sea & Sky’ with the artists exhibiting their unique interpretations of our stunning landscape by using an assortment of materials and techniques, such as pastel, charcoal, oil, acrylic, ink, gesso, and collage. There is a fantastic line-up of artists including:
Penelope Anstice is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and spent 16 years working in Amsterdam and London. Anstice now paints directly from the landscape of her native Scotland. Her works focus upon the boundary between realism and abstraction, as she aims to capture fleeting moments in time.
Paul Bartlett, SWLA is a self-taught artist with a PhD in animal behavior. He was elected to the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) and has won ‘Artist of the Year’ (2006), the ‘British Birds’ category for the ‘BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year’ (2009), and the Langford Press Award (2012). Bartlett is innovative in his techniques and styles, which include collage, watercolor on ripped paper surfaces, and papier mache. His work has been featured in numerous publications and he has exhibited throughout the UK, US, France, and Poland.
Kirstie Behrens lives and works in Pittenweem, Fife and studies at Duncan of Jordansone College of Art and Design in Dundee. Behrens has focused on printmaking since 2011 and has exhibited throughout Scotland at venues including the Royal Scottish Academy, The Royal Glasgow Institute, Visual Arts Scotland, the Edinburgh Art Fair, and the Pittenweem Arts Festival. In 2014, she was awarded a prize at the Royal Scottish Academy Annual exhibition.
Tina Boswell is a painter working in acrylic and mixed media. She employs subtle layers of colour in her complex compositions. Boswell is ‘heavily influenced by the elemental nature of [her] surroundings, and the intrinsic connections between the seasons and the land’. Now based in North Fife after having lived on the West Coast of Scotland for many years, Boswell is a member of the Society of Scottish Artists.
Based in Edinburgh, Senja Brendon was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales and also lived in The Lake District. Daughter of outdoor adventure author Colin Mortlok, Brendon is inspired by her childhood spent in the Scottish landscape. Brendon studied at Edinburgh College of Art and Leith School of Art, where she worked in the media of sculpture, drawing, illustration, watercolor, and oil painting. More recently, Brandon has been exploring charcoal techniques to capture the dramatic power of the ocean.
Jen Collee studied at Glasgow School of Art and has exhibited at venues including the Scottish National Gallery, Visual Art Scotland, the Edinburgh Festival, and Art London. Collee’s work embodies her love of the Scottish landscape, inspired by family holidays by the sea in Crail. Most recently, Collee has been captivated by the water’s edge – ‘the line that divides human space from the wilderness of the sea’. Collee is also a keen horsewoman and is known for her impassioned and dynamic representations of equines.
Susan Forsyth studied at the Edinburgh College of Art and is based in East Neuk of Fife. Having always lived by the sea, Forsyth is captivated by its changing light and the movement of the tides. Forsyth enjoys working outdoors in oil paint with a palette knife to achieve varied qualities of impasto. She presently teaches art classes in Crail and at the St Andrews Art Club.
Elena Guillaumin is a Russian-born artist who presently resides between France and the West End of Edinburgh. Guillaumin studied at the Laoust Art Academy in Paris under the direction of Hannah A. Laoust until 2012. Having moved to Scotland in 2014, Guillaumin focuses upon the Scottish landscape and its ephemerality. Elena loves ‘to observe the movement of light its many variations, affecting and changing [her] perception of the same scenario’.
Yvonne Hair was born and raised in Perth, Scotland and graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. Hair is inspired by the Scottish landscape and its history. She is known for her large-scale oil on canvas compositions, and also works in pastel. Hair paints from her garden studio in the shadow of Huntingtower Castle. When she is not painting, she ‘will most likely be found walking in some quiet, wild space…always with her camera, and her dog’.
Mark Holden is an artist working between the East Neuk of Fife and his home in Inverness. He is known for his depictions of St Andrews, many of which are held in private collections in the UK and abroad. Holden primarily works in oil, acrylic, and watercolour in an ‘Impressionistic’ style. Holden teaches at the Nairn Art Society and has lead residential Art Weeks in Inchnadamph Hotel near Loch Assynt in the Highlands.
Ian Ledward works between the media of photography, printmaking, and painting in what he describes as ‘mixed media fine graphics’. Ledward’s work begins with a photograph, which he then prints and paints, at times utilizing collage and collagraph techniques to produce a unique artwork. According to Ledward, ‘the camera never lies but the direction you point it in determines the amount of truth it tells’.
Linda Paton is a local artist and member of the St Andrews Art Club who has exhibited her artwork in Elie, St Andrews, Perthsire, and at the Pittenweem Art Festival. Paton works in a variety of media, but is particularly drawn to oils for their vibrancy. She is known for her depictions of St Andrews and the surrounding landscape.
A native of Sweden, Carina Prigmore currently resides in Carrbridge in the Cairngorms National Park. Prigmore is known for her atmospheric depictions of the Scottish landscape, which are influenced by her Scandinavian roots. She Studied Conservation Biology at the University of Aberdeen and received her Diploma in Art & Design at the University of Wales, Institute Cardiff. Prigmore’s paintings have been exhibited in the UK and internationally at venues including the Mall Galleries, London, Bennington Center for the Arts, Vermont, USA, and the McEwan Gallery, Ballater.
Philip Raskin studied at The Glasgow School of Art in the sixties, but did not complete his course due to his father's sudden and untimely death. He was the proprietor of Glasgow’s Inn on the Green for twenty years before focusing upon his passion for painting. Raskin is known for his depictions of Scottish landscapes and seascapes, the colors of which radiate tranquility. Raskin tends ‘to paint very private places for the viewer to own and enjoy. No people, no houses, no telegraph poles; just expansive skies, mist tumbling on a distant hillside and a silence broken only by lapping water and gulls ascending’.
Ann Watson lives and works in the East Neuk of Fife, where she captures the Scottish scenery with a clarity of light and colour. She has taught at the Kirkaldy Art Club and has led workshops in methods of mixed media painting. She utilizes a variety of materials including acrylics, pastels, acrylic inks, oils, and collage to create layers of texture. Watson describes her work as ‘being about colour, texture and energy’.
We look forward to welcoming you to our gallery. Wine and soft drinks will be provided.