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Friday, 6 April 2012

June Carey, Kevin Low & Stewart Bremner

This is an unedited Gallery round-up from The Herald Arts section, 31/3/12

Electric Kisses, Bleeding Hearts: June Carey
Glasgow Print Studio (Ground Floor Gallery)
103 Trongate, Glasgow
0141 552 0704
April 6 - April 29

This is the Key to my Heart (etched copper & mixed media on board 20x20.5cm) by June Carey
The work of Stirling-based artist June Carey is instantly recognisable for its colour, strong lines and cross-cultural references. She repeatedly returns to certain subjects; angels, birds, hearts and tattoos, as if by mining these core elements, she will arrive at some sort of resolution.
Love is all around Carey’s artwork, but it is not a giddy love in its first flush. It is mature and even maternal; riven by passion and fringed with sadness.
Carey cannot help herself in her desire to make marks and draw out her innermost feelings on paper, but she is also driven to make 3d objects. As she says herself, she will sit and watch TV and create a pair of ‘wishing shoes’ just to keep her hands busy.
As revealed in this exhibition at Glasgow Print Studio (GPS), part of its 40th anniversary year celebrations, Carey creates her work using pencil, pastel, brush or an etching tool. 
Discovering etching brought about a turning-point in her work and career. The process of etching set her imagination free and allows her subconscious mind to dictate the marks she makes.
Widely travelled and a long-term associate of GPS, Carey has been hugely influenced by the many diverse cultures she has encountered, and these experiences not only feed her imagination, but becoming vital to the development of her work. 
Carey studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1960 – 1962 and Edinburgh College of Art from 1978 – 1982. She is a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, Society of Scottish Artists and Aberdeen Artists Society. Her work is in a wide range of significant collections, including the collections of Peter Gabriel, BBC Telelvision and Oxford University.

Cross My Heart (etching collage watercolour 16.5 x 18cm) by June Carey

Worlds Apart: New Work by Kevin Low & Stewart Bremner
Union Gallery
45 Broughton Street, Edinburgh 
0131 556 7707
From April 5 - May 1
The Only Constant by Stewart Bremner

If you look at the work of Kevin Low and Stewart Bremner side by side – as they will be placed in this exhibition in the Union Gallery in Edinburgh – your first reaction would be to say that they are indeed, world’s apart.
Both artists are relatively new to the gallery scene (this is the first major exhibition for both men), and according to gallery owner, Alison Auldjo, they produce work which is ‘tied together by a thread of outstanding quality.’
Glasgow-based Kevin Low brings art right into the 21st century with his use of a digital tablet and pen in the same way a traditional painter uses a canvas, paints and a brush. Layering the colours to produce the image he is seeking, produces rich and powerful pictures that set his work apart from other digital artists. 
As the recent sell-out David Hockney exhibition in London’s Royal Academy has shown, painting is adapting to the digital world.  “Kevin Low is a pioneer for a new type of painting.” explains Auldjo.
Edinburgh-based Stewart Bremner’s work aims to evoke the strongest of emotions through spontaneous mark-making and direct sense of urgency.  “These are paintings for those who like there art with an edge to it,” says Auldjo. “They are for people who like it to create real emotion and passion. Stewart is already building an impressive following in the USA, and we feel it is time he is recognised closer to home. We know this exhibition will divide opinion, but then what else is art for if not to court a little controversy?”
Both artists will be in the Union Gallery to talk about their work on Saturday April 14. Kevin Low will be demonstrating his tablet techniques on Saturday April 21.

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