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Sunday, 19 September 2010

Gallery round-up The Herald 18/9/10

Cathedral, Reims, by Ronald F Smith, at RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow and moving to Inverarity One to One, Edinburgh in early October and
Imaginarium by Lucy Campbell (Frames Gallery, Perth)


Lucy Campbell
Frames Gallery
10 Victoria Street, Perth
01738 631085
Until October 9

Lucy Campbell’s naive, almost dream-like visions in paint have a feel of Japanese manga comic-book art and their wide-eyed appeal is clear for all to see.
According to Lindsey Goring of Frames Gallery in Perth, where Campbell’s latest solo exhibition almost sold out following the opening night last weekend, there is an incredible buzz around this young self-taught Perth artist, who juggles her burgeoning artistic career with caring for her very young family.
Campbell’s delicate figurative work recalls the imaginary landscape of childhood, conjured up in day – or night dreams. There is darkness and light in her beautifully crafted work, which tend to feature wide-eyed girls, who appear to be superficially lost or vulnerable. There is always an ambiguity to this prism-like world though, leading the viewer to re-examine their own feelings, especially relating to the problem-strewn path leading from girlhood to womanhood.
Campbell has created her own, hugely distinctive imaginary landscape and peopled it with figures and creatures which exist in uneasy harmony.
This is work which is completely lacking in artifice yet which is rich in symbolism. There is magic and there is wonder in equal measure, while never resorting to syrup.

Nick Evans: Anti Autonome
Mary, Mary
Suite 2/1, 6 Dixon Street, Glasgow
0141 226 2257
From today until Oct 30

Nick Evans’ latest body of work is a taut collection of seven sculptures which owes a huge debt of gratitude to the modernist sculptor Barbara Hepworth.
Zambia-born Evans, who graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2000 with a degree in Sculpture and Environmental Art, completed an eight-month residency in St Ives four years ago and during this intense period, he was inspired by a series of plaster works by Hepworth.
Hepworth lived in St Ives from 1939 until her death in 1975 and was an integral part of the artistic community which settled there in the middle years of the 20th century. ‘They weren’t on display to the public,’ Evans says of the work which so captivated his imagination. ‘They were stored in her old studio space at the Palais de Danse, lined up on the dance floor.’
Evans abstract plaster works hint at human form while possessing a stripped-down, almost ghostly appearance
Sitting atop tables which he describes as ‘pop-primitivist’ with legs which are figures in an African of Orientalist style, the intention is to create a pared down clash of cultures, place and history.
The relationship between past and present is clear in Evans’ new work, and although the initial clay models he makes are not copies of past masters such as Hepworth, Henry Moore or Lynn Chadwick, the cultural memory points are all there. This is fluid, thoughtful work which connects to the viewer on many levels.

Ronald F Smith: The Inverarity One to One Travel Award Exhibition
The RGI Kelly Gallery
118 Douglas Street, Glasgow
0141 248 6386
Until September 25, moving to Edinburgh on October 5 (see below)

There are many artists who would welcome the opportunity to respond to Champagne, but to be offered the double-whammy of a two-week retreat staying on the estate of Louis Roederer, one of the world’s most prestigious champagne houses, as well as a £2000 cash prize, is almost too much for the average finely-tuned set of senses to take in.
The Inverarity One to One Travel Award was started up in 2007 as part of annual exhibition programme of the Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI). The first recipient was Margaratann Bennett, while the second winner, in 2008, was the painter Ronald F Smith. Smith spent two weeks last year in Champagne. The resulting exhibition is a finely honed set of paintings which demonstrate Smith’s customary understated, yet crystal clear vision at work.
Born in Glasgow in 1946, Smith studied at Glasgow School of Art in the late 1960s, where he was heavily influenced by several high profile tutors, including the late James D Robertson. Principal Teacher of Art and Design at Bellshill Academy from 1979-2002, he has been a full-time artist for the last eight years and his pared down, instantly recognisable work is subtle and self-possessed.
Work such as Cathedral, Reims (pictured), a glowing little piece of poetry in paint, makes this exhibition well worth chasing from Glasgow to Edinburgh. It moves to Inverarity One to One in Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh on October 5, where it can be seen until the end of the month.

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