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Friday, 3 February 2012

Anyone here seen The Kelly?

Following on from Heather MacLeod's guest blog the other day about Jack Kelly, the Glasgow man about town and arts patron who gifted the Kelly Gallery to Glasgow art institution, RGI, here is a taster of what to see (and hear) now and in the next few months in the gallery...

Lyndsey Redford, Butcharts T-Bar, oil on canvas, 2011

Lyndsey Redford  -  Skiology
Private view: Friday 3 February, 5 - 7.30pm
31 January - 11 February  

Lyndsey Redford presents a solo show of new paintings of landscapes where the human figure is often subordinate to the immensity of the geographical world in which it is depicted.  The exhibition will include several large-scale oil on canvas paintings of Scottish ski slopes. 

“My paintings are of landscapes with human habitation or signs of it, they are frequently sparse and the scale of human presence small in comparison to these vast open spaces. I am interested in why landscapes solicit the emotional responses that they do, and one of the fascinating aspects of the ski slopes is the ever changing levels of visibility and deceptive emptiness that contrast with portals of
crystal clarity and high-speed activity.”

In order to depict ethereal qualities such as the vibrations within light or the presence of moisture within air, Lyndsey restricts herself to a simple palette.  The repetition of looking again and again at a particular location helps her to create the overall impression of the strange surreal atmosphere of the activities and locations.

Lyndsey was shortlisted for the Threadneedle Painting Prize 2011, was awarded The RSA Painting Prize and The Maclaine Watters medal 2011, and won The RSA New Contemporaries Award 2010

James Gillmour 
14 - 25 February                                  
A selection of black and white images taken throughout a distinguished career in photojournalism. Over the years, James has contributed to The Independent, The Scotsman and Scottish Field to name but a few. The images in this exhibition are a combination of street photography and photojournalism, with the majority of work shot in Glasgow and the west of Scotland. “I have always been attracted to the order in society and the way we all go about our various occupations – how we keep ourselves entertained, the life cycle,” says James. The exhibition features everything from male strippers and sheep shearers, to First Minister Alex Salmond
Hannah Frank
6 -17 March            
Original drawings, sketches, bronze and plaster sculptures, and reproduction prints.
Born in Glasgow in 1908, Hannah Frank studied at Glasgow University and the Glasgow School of Art, and exhibited with the RGI throughout her career. From the age of 17, Hannah became known for her black and white drawing, resonant of the Art Nouveau period and with a hint of Aubrey Beardsley and Jessie King. Between 1927 and 1932, the Glasgow University Magazine, rarely came out without a drawing by 'Al Aaraaf', her chosen pen name. Hannah took up sculpture in the 1950s, studying with Benno Schotz, and continued to produce sculpture till her early 90s. Hannah died at the age of 100 in December 2008.

The Glasgow Group 
20 - 31 March                                     

Always a must-see event since the inaugural exhibition at McLellan Galleries in 1958, The Group’s Annual Exhibition this year features works by Gregor Smith, Philip Reeves, Carol Moore, Shona Dougall, Jo Linley, Ian Cook, Peter Kleboe, Carol Dewart and Graham Govan. Founded in 1957 by three Glasgow School of Art students, The Glasgow Group is a Scottish artists’ cooperative which encompasses a variety of media, including painting, photography, printmaking, and graphic art.
It is run by Glasgow based visual artists to promote the visual arts in Glasgow and the west of Scotland, and many of the group's artists are represented in public, corporate, and private collections.

Robert McGilvrary 
3 - 14 April            
This exhibition stems from Robert’s close affinity with the River Tay, with paintings recording an imaginary diary of the artist’s many years of contact with this magical river. The paintings reflect journeys of memory and responses to a sense of place. Robert is a lecturer in the School of Fine Art at Duncan Jordanstone College of Art & Design and has exhibited widely throughout the UK and Europe. He is also a consultant and author on public art and design.

Relative Perspective
Kim and Lara Scouller         

17 - 28 April                           
This is the first joint show of paintings and drawings by the sisters, focusing on recent works. Both graduated BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Duncan Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, and their father is renowned artist Glen Scouller RSW RGI.
While Lara prefers to work directly in pastels using nature as her inspiration, Kim’s work involves working in oils and water-based paints, with the human environments and interaction important elements. Despite working at opposite ends of the country, Kim in London and Lara in Dundee, the sisters are in constant communication with each other which perhaps explains why there is a strong connection in their work. Says Kim: “While choosing different subject matter, we share a sympathy with the way we process that subject and the language we use.”

Tuesday Talks 

21 February - Ray Mackenzie
Sculpture in Glasgow - Precedents and Prospects

20 March - Emma Tennant
Pomegranates & Pinks -  A Scottish Painter's Journey

17 April - Kim and Lara Scouller
Relative Perspective – The Scouller sisters discuss their art.

29 May - Alec Galloway
Discusses his work on Glasgow’s newest public art commission Maryhill Burgh Halls.

Talks start at 11am until noon approximately with coffee served at 10.30am.
Tickets:  £6 per person, £10 for 2 people. All welcome

To book email: gallery@royalglasgowinstitute.org  Tel:  0141 248 6386

Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
Kelly Gallery
118 Douglas Street
GlasgowScotland G2 4ET

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