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I'm an arts journalist & PR consultant living and working in Scotland. I've been a journalist for more than 25 years. I write a regular column for Scottish quality newspaper, The Herald. I deliver a PR service with an arty bent and work on a consultancy basis with arts organisations, including Scotland's leading creative industries festival, XpoNorth & broadcast support body, ScreenHI. I am currently co-writing a book about the celebrated Scots artist, George Wyllie, with his daughter Louise. Instrumental in making a celebration of his life's work happen in 2012. For more information, see www.georgewyllie.com When I'm not being a mum/working, I talk to my dog. He laps it up. Contact me on janpatience@me.com (All work © Jan Patience)

Monday, 20 December 2010

The Herald Gallery Round Up @ 18/12/10

Left: Vintage Port by Mike Clark

This round up of exhibitions on the go appeared in The Herald's Arts supplement on Saturday 18 December - plugged The River Runs Through It on a having a dog and barking yourself basis

The Tasting Room
Corney & Barrow, Ayr Wine Shop, 8, Academy Street, Ayr
01292 267000
Until 31 December
Ayr-based artist Michael Clark is a busy man. Aside from painting furiously for a solo exhibition at Thompson’s Gallery in London and preparing a major retrospective of the work of David Donaldson at the Maclaurin Galleries in Ayr next spring, he has found time to produce a small series of wine-inspired work for Corney and Barrow’s shop in Ayr.
The paintings are inspired by recent trips to Paris and South West France. Clark spends time every summer in Montjoi in the south west of France, where Donaldson – who was Painter and Limner to Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland – kept a house and studio before settling in Provence.
Clark, who formerly worked as an art director in film and television, paints in a lyrical, beautifully textured fashion, holding the attention and the moment in a single well composed image.
An unashamed wineophile, Clark says: “As a student at Edinburgh College of Art, I spent most of my spare income on paint and bottles of wine in the old Edinburgh Wine Bar on Hanover Street. The bar was mostly stocked with lovely bottles from France and it is French wine that I still drink most days. The country continues to influence my work and bibbing! “
The historic Corney & Barrow shop - better known as Whighams of Ayr, which has been in existence since 1766 - is stocked with excellent wine from around the world. It’s usually closed on a Sunday, but is open tomorrow from 12.30pm-4pm

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Argyle Street, Glasgow
0141 276 9599
www.glasgowlife.org.uk and www.janpatience.blogspot.com
Until 30 January
My blog about Scottish art was the source of this exhibition, which celebrates Glasgow’s Riverside and the museum taking shape on the site of the old Pointhouse shipyard of A&J Inglis. The Zaha Hadid-designed building which juts jaggily into the riverscape alongside the Clydeside Expressway, will house the city’s new transport museum, due to re-open in late spring 2011.
New media acted as a virtual conduit to create an ‘old media’ exhibition, after the director of the public appeal to raise £5m for the new building left a comment on my posting about Patricia Cain winning the Aspect Prize in January this year with studies of the Riverside under construction.
When I first saw the work of around 30 Scottish contemporary artists in the space recently vacated by The Glasgow Boys before it officially opened to last month, my breath was quite literally taken away. This physical reaction was partly down to the quality of the work but also the fact it had seemed improbable at one stage that such a plan could come together.
Some names, such as Peter Howson and Adrian Wiszniewski, are well kent, but there are others in this River mix, which the wider public are not aware of, and should be. The fact this exhibition is in the gloriously inclusive Kelvingrove is icing on the cake.
Work by artists such as Liz Knox, Charles Jamieson, Peter Graham, Paul Kennedy, Alasdair Wallace and Sue Biazotti grace the walls here alongside new graduates to watch; Ruth Nicol, Ben Crawshaw and Rachael Rebus. Old masters, such as George Devlin, James Watt and George Wyllie are here too. If you haven’t seen it yet, take time out this festive season. All work is for sale, with half the artists’ fee going to The Riverside Appeal.

Mansfield Park Gallery
5 Hyndland Street, Glasgow
0141 342 4124
Until 23 December (gallery closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday)
For the last 60 years, Willie Rodger has quietly gone about his business with integrity, determination and an unflashy sense of his own sure hand when it comes to projecting the lives he sees all around him onto paper or canvas.
A master printmaker who has become more and more drawn to painting in the last decade or so, Willie Rodger has the deftest eye aligned to the sharpest mind and his work just gets better and better.
This small exhibition of his prints and paintings themed around ‘the beautiful game’ has been on show throughout December at Victoria Cassidy’s tiny gallery in Glasgow’s west end. Titles such as Never a Renegade, Philosopher and Open Goal, tell you all you need to know about Rodger’s wryly humorous approach to art, football - and life.
Prices are extraordinarily accessible, with oil paintings ranging from £2750 - £475 for oil paintings and his famously just-so monochromatic linocuts with their judicious splashes of colour, selling for £100 and 250. If you need and last minute Christmas present ideas for the football-loving, hard-to-buy-for man or woman in your life, jump into the Mansfield Park Gallery and soak up the humour, pathos. Even if you’re not buying, it’s worth seeking sanctuary from the madding Christmas crowds in Rodger’s company.
And if anyone has an out-of-work referee to buy for this year, there is no alternative but to consider buying Off! – a linocut with attitude if ever I saw one.

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