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Monday, 19 September 2011

Tig @ No 6, Frank To & Colin Brown


(an unedited version from The Herald arts section, 17/09/11)
Tighnabruaich Gallery @ No 6
6 Princes Terrace, Glasgow
0141 334 3800
For the next two months, by appointment

Downtown Sardinia by Annette Edgar (this shimmers in real life - left me shimmering too... a beautiful piece of painting)

The idea of buying art in a home environment is not new but it has become more popular recently, with various galleries around Scotland successfully adopting the concept. 

The Tighnabruaich Gallery in the beautiful Argyllshire village of the same name has taken the same approach with its Tighnabruaich Gallery @ No 6 venture in Glasgow’s west end.

Owners Andrew and Penny Graham-Weall have twice teamed up with their friend Bridget Sim, who has a second home in Tighnabruaich, to sell artwork over a weekend in her Hyndland home. 

The venture has been such a success that Bridget has now decided to run occasional shows in the garden level apartment of the townhouse on Princess Terrace. Pulling on her experience as a house-dresser, Sim has transformed this living space into a welcoming gallery.

This weekend, a new exhibition of work is on show and for sale for the first time. The ‘open house’ ends tomorrow at 4pm, but the exhibition will be still be available to view until mid-November. After that, a new show of work will appear in time for Christmas.

This exhibition includes new work by among others; acclaimed Glasgow-based painters Annette Edgar, Alasdair Wallace and Lex McFadyen. There is also work by emerging names such as Louise Higgins, who was selected to exhibit in the recent summer exhibition at the Fleming Collection in London and Glasgow-born, Devon-based Charlie O’Sullivan, who had her first ever solo show in Scotland over the summer months in Tighnabruaich.

Other artists taking part include Argyll-based Rebecca Barnett and Sheena Russell, whose  cheekily subversive paintings employ the language of 1950s Americana.
Gallery Q
160 Nethergate, Dundee
01382 220600
From today until October 15
The Battle of the Birds by Frank To (aka - by me - 'Some Boy!')

Frank To is fast forging a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists in the west of Scotland. His last major exhibition in April this year received unprecedented media attention, not to mention sales, after he travelled from Glasgow to Edinburgh by train and on to Leith, where the exhibition was taking place, dressed head to toe in a plague doctor costume.

For this new exhibition of work at Gallery Q in Dundee (previously known as the Queen's Gallery), To continues to be fascinated by other worldliness. This time, he turns his attention to the often terrifying world of fairytales.

To says: “I’ve called the exhibition Shadowlines because I regard fairytales as shadows of the truth. Most fairytales are morality tales that raise the question of where to draw the line when confronted with various moral dilemmas. 

“The symbol of the wolf emerges in one of my paintings with Little Red Riding Hood as a shadow; I was intrigued by the fact that, in psychoanalysis, the wolf is thought to be representative as a symbol of the shadow self.”

To, who includes the celebrated actor Patrick Stewart among his fans, adds that growing up around a mix of Chinese fairytales and stories of Scots folklore, his imagination has always been fired by the dramatic possibilities of such stories.

“When I was researching this, I discovered there are various adaptations of the same fairytales from country to country. 

The Scottish fairytale, Gold-Tree Silver-Tree by Joseph Jacobs is an adaptation from the Armenian fairy-tale Nourie Hadig, for example.”

Shadowlines is made up of 11 new paintings depicting several scenes from fairytales around the world in what To describes as a story board format ‘more commonly used by directors in the film industry.’ 
Colin Brown
Fraser East
47 South Street, St Andrews
01334 479 647
Until October 1

The Associates by Colin Brown

It may feel like summer is firmly behind us, but in St Andrews, the Fraser East gallery unleashes the last of their Summer Shorts today, with a two-week exhibition of Colin Brown’s unique collage paintings.

This fine small space, with its 16th century stone barrel-vaulted room at the rear of the gallery, opened last year to complement the larger Fraser Gallery St Andrews space elsewhere in the Fife town.

This is Colin Brown’s first solo exhibition in the St Andrews’ gallery and it will run until the end of the month. The Stonehaven-based artist, who has an international reputation in the field of collage work, shows throughout the UK, Europe and America. He uses a range of materials including acrylic and oil paints, collage, glazes and varnishes. 

His paintings are created in his tiny studio in a former joiner’s yard in the centre of Stonehaven on wood panels and utilise more urban colours than the colours of nature. Ultimately they aim to celebrate the spirit of modern culture, the pleasure of finding and using, and the Dada-ist ideal of looking at society in fragments. 

All the subjects for his collage paintings are carefully chosen for their personal resonance to the artist. In this new selection of work, he has turned his attention to legendary Dundee band, The Associates, The Beatles, US singer songwriter, Elliot Smith, film-maker Werner Herzog and Yuri Gagarin, the first human being to go into space.

Starting next Friday (Sep 23), the larger Fraser Gallery in South Street will be hosting Shadows and Reflections, the long-anticipated exhibition of work by Glasgow-based painter John Kingsley.

For this show which lasts until October 15, Kingsley has produced around 70 paintings; the biggest Scottish exhibition of this type he has done in 16 years.

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