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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Lesley McLaren @ Tighnabruaich Gallery in Argyll

THE JOY OF SPRING
New work by Tighnabruaich Gallery favourite Lesley McLaren goes on show for month of April

AN Argyll gallery at the end of what has been called ‘the most scenic drive in Scotland’ is about to showcase a new body of work by one of their most popular artists, Lesley McLaren.
Borders-based Lesley, who has worked as an archaeological illustrator and a childrens’ book brings elements of both fields into her beautifully painted landscapes and still-lifes.
Using her everyday life as a backdrop for her paintings, Lesley draws inspiration from everything from the robin which visits her studio every day to the sheep out in the field or the pot of flowers at the window.
The best work often emerges after days of mistakes, hair pulling, sometimes tears and endless scrubbing out,” she says.
“It can be torturous and something which is not easily shared, then – a wee chink of light appears on the canvas as though it had always been there, mischievously holding back the answer.”
Gallery owner Penny Graham-Weall says: “Our clients love Lesley’s work and I’m sure these new paintings will be much sought-after. She often combines a lovely gentle landscape with unexpected curiosities in the foreground. Delightful is a good word I think!”
ABOUT TIGHNABRUAICH GALLERY
The gallery is situated in the heart of this beautiful village on the Kyles of Bute. A 90-minute drive from Glasgow, the Tig Gallery, as it is affectionately known, sells original paintings by Scottish artists and holds six exhibitions throughout the year, with occasional pop-up shows in Glasgow.
The gallery also specialises in a range of glass, jewellery and sculpture by makers based all over Scotland.
Lesley McLaren solo exhibition
2 April - April 29
Tighnabruaich Gallery, Argyll, PA21 2DR
Lesley McLaren in her studio in the Scottish Borders

DAFFODILS AND DANCERS Lesley Mclaren oil on panel  40x40cms  £1150 
SETTING SAIL Lesley Mclaren oil on panel 19x19 cms £350

WINDOW BY THE SEA Lesley Mclaren oil on board 30x25 £500

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