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Monday, 15 March 2010

Gallery Round Up from The Herald (13/3/10)





Sutherland Bay by Liz Knox and Craig Coulthard poster

CRAIG COULTHARD: SELECTED WORKS
The Outbye Gallery
3 School Drive, Ovenstone, by Pitenweem
www.theoutbyegallery.com and www.craigcoulthard.com
01333 313485
Tuesday-Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Until April 24

Craig Coulthard garnered a few headlines in October last year when it was announced that his plan to create a football pitch in a forest had been selected as the Scottish winner of a £460,000 lottery funded commission, for Artists Taking the Lead, a major project for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Coulthard, 28, a star of Edinburgh College of Art’s Degree Show in 2006, spent his early years in football-mad Germany and plans to use the pitch for just two games before it will be allowed to disintegrate naturally. His proposal is one of 12 art projects commissioned to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics.
Coulthard has a habit of connecting oral and personal histories to form a distinct visual language. Dr Neil Mulholland, Director of the Centre of Visual & Cultural Studies describes his work as being ‘imbued with the corrective revisionism of people’s history’ and there is a jaunty dialogue going on between viewer and artist in his work.
This is the second time in as many months that Coulthard’s work has featured in Lesley Kamel’s studio gallery and picture framing business near Pittenweem. Late last year, Coulthard was one of the musician/artists who exhibited in the Other Side Of the Fence.
This unique show featured artwork by members and friends of Fife’s Fence Collective and provided an insight into a group of musicians’ visual art practice.
The exhibition opening today coincides with the Home Game weekend, Fence’s annual mini-festival in Anstruther.
A co-founder of The Embassy gallery in Edinburgh, Coulthard lives and works in Edinburgh, where he often performs and records music with the band Randan Discotheque.

FRANCES WALKER - A PATH ALONG THE EDGE
21 Castle Street, Aberdeen
www.peacockvisualarts.com
01224 639539
Open Tuesday - Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm.
Until April 24

This small showcase of work by Frances Walker, who has to be one of Scotland’s finest and most underrated artists, complements the current exhibition, Place Observed in Solitude, at Aberdeen Art Gallery, which spans six decades of her work.
Walker, who turns 80 this year, continues to paint and make prints with the energy of a woman half her age. A founding member of Peacock Printmakers, she is still producing work of outstanding quality in the old workshop there.
This exhibition features a variety of old and new prints plus a rare opportunity to view a selection of her sketchbooks and drawings. No-one inhabits the solitary landscape as beautifully as Walker. She is instinctively drawn to extreme locations and her latest journey to the Antarctic illustrates this perfectly.
During the course of this exhibition at Peacock, Frances Walker will give an artist’s talk and tour of the exhibition (Saturday March 20) and a demonstration of her printing technique (Thursday March 25).
There is also an opportunity to view a series of short films celebrating Frances Walker, commissioned for the exhibition Place Observed in Solitude at Aberdeen Art Gallery, and created by Adam Proctor, with support from Peacock Visual Arts and the Friends of Aberdeen Art Gallery.
Capturing her quietly inspiring sprit of adventure and subtly mirroring the distinctive aesthetic which Walker brings to all her work, these beautiful little films can also be viewed online for anyone who is unable to visit the exhibition in person at http://www.vimeo.com/9154746

LIZ KNOX
Inverarity One to One Glasgow
185a Bath Street, Glasgow
0141 221 5121
www.inverarity121.com
March 2-31

Liz Knox, who won the first ever Aspect Prize back in 2003 in artist whose thoughtful, colour saturated work has a growing army of fans.
Each of her paintings is a vivid storyboard of a moment in time, be it a still life or one of her seascapes, which are not so well known, but possess the same sense of question-provoking narrative.
For this small exhibition in Glasgow’s art-loving wine store, Inverarity One To One, Knox will be showing a mixture of seascapes, such as the lush Night Sea and the sweeping stillness that is Sutherland Bay, as well as the still lifes for which she has received such acclaim.
There is something about this vaulted space under Glasgow’s historic Art Club which suits Knox’s quietly contemplative unpredictable paintings, which are rich in colour and perfectly composed. Nothing is left to chance in a Liz Knox painting. As she says herself, the story which the viewer finds may be a different one to the story she herself had in mind at its creation. Therein lies its uniqueness. She may have imitators, but her work is the real deal.
Knox, who studied under Robin Philipson and David Michie at Edinburgh College of Art, discovered she had won the Aspect Prize on the same day she decided to give up her lecturing job, is currently President of Paisley Art Institute.

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