Thursday, 29 September 2016
Saturday, 23 April 2016
Here are five works selected from our Spring Exhibition.
1: crescendo by ALLAN MACDONALD
crescendo - oil on canvas - 61cm x 91cm
This wonderful painting by ALLAN MACDONALD and is the smaller original version of the much larger sea painting of the same name in his show (Rock of Ages) here last year. It is a powerful example of MacDonald's use of paint and his feel for the elements.
2 The Grumbling Hive by ROBERT POWELL
|ROBERT POWELLThe Grumbling Hive - acrylic with screenprint - 38cm x 28cm|
This painting is reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch. Inspired by Bernard Mandeville's The Fable of the Bees (1714,) POWELL depicts the follies of civilsation. It is a little grotesque and a lot engrossing. The frame is by Kari de Keonigswarter.
3 Moonlit Walk by CHRISTINE WOODSIDE rsw rgi
|CHRISTINE WOODSIDE rsw rgi|
Moonlit Walk, Fife - mixed media - 81cm x 71cm
After a long absence, it is a great joy to exhibit work by CHRISTINE WOODSIDE again. This painting, 'Moonlit Walk Fife' is the largest WOODSIDE in the current show. It is a beautiful piece; rich with images, colour and evocations of life around her Fife studio.
4 Still Pool, Skye by BETH ROBERTSON FIDDES
|BETH ROBERTSON FIDDES|
Still Pool, Skye - mixed media - 92cm x 101cm
Few artists capture the majesty of the Highlands as well as ROBERTSON FIDDES. Here, she uses a blend of her own techniques to paint the Fairy Pools in Skye. Magical and tempting to dive in.
5 Ben Loyal Walk by Lotte Glob
Ben Loyal Walk - ceramic & rocks - 33cm x 21cm
There are many other wonderful things in Kilmorack. All works are on the gallery's website: www.kilmorackgallery.co.uk
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
60 Degrees North: the immersive world of JANETTE KERRShowing at Kilmorack Gallery from the 20th June until 2nd August 2015.
|Rain and Sea Fog over Silwick Stacks|
oil on board, 33.5cm x 32.5cm
|Sea Fog and Flying Debris over Silwick Stacks|
oil and flying debris on board, 23cm x 33cm
Think of an impressionist painting: warm beaches, warm afternoons, parasols, beautiful people and very slight inclines, and throw this away. Here we have nature at its most powerful: towering waves, foam and vortexes of paint reaching everywhere. There are dark blues and blacks with bits of pink and green amide swirls of action. Put away the parasol and put on a survival suit, we’re in Shetland; alive in the north not melting in the south.
Painting was never meant to be polite and these works certainly aren't.
|Faskin An Glansin - Silwick|
oil on fabriano paper, 93cm x 100cm
Monday, 22 June 2015
|Flying Lapwing - 45cm x 50cm - oil on board|
What is art about? What makes one piece stronger than another? What will last? I have often pondered these questions as all passionate art-dealers must if they are to sort wheat from chaff. A true artist sees things that exist in an invisible but still equally real world. We non-artists catch glimpses of this place, but a true artist’s umbilical cord is professionally connected to it. But what is it? You must look at the art work and ask that question.
At its most simple JANE MACNEILL’s work are beautiful gold-leafed portraits of birds. There are fifteen in this exhibition; from a blue-tinged lapwing in flight across a golden ground, a fat waxwing that fills it frame, a one-eyed grouse that stares at you, to a light quick redpoll. The surprising thing is how much each portrait shouts out as an individual and how much respect is given to the bird.
Each of MACNEILL’s bird paintings is indeed a portrait. She has known every one of her ‘sitters’ (or ‘flyers’) even if it has only been for a second of eye contact. She will not paint an animal unless this eye contact has been made. That is the privilege of any portrait artist; to be allowed to look into the soul’s window. If you have that connected feeling with a Rembrandt or Valazquez portrait, you are seeing a soul livened by paint. This is what MACNEILL does for us. She brings back the memory of her eye-to-eye contact with the bird in its airy elements. It's not any bird she paints, but that precious shared moment.
|Waxwing - oil on gesso panel - 30cm x 25cm|
The gold-leaf used by MACNEILL is reminiscent of religious icons, Klimt and the Buddhas of Asia. Gold is a way to show veneration and permanence. Gold links birds to the divine. It is symbolic of the airy element they inhabit. ‘We are princes,’ it says, ‘you are not like us, you belong to the world of land and we belong to air.’
MACNEILL has a point here. Even the humble robin is raised by MACNEILL to an ethereal place. Are robins allowed on Olympus where mortals cannot tread? Even without a golden halo a bird can fly, so why not. Gold is illusive, it plays with light; dark one moment and glowing the next, but the truth of the birds’ flight is always there. They are Olympian creatures - that much is obvious. MACNEILL shows us the world of air even if it’s only caught for an instant.
|Black Bird - oil and silver leaf on board, 20cm x 26cm|
Tony Davidson, Director of Kilmorack Gallery
Saturday, 6 June 2015
It is rare to find one fantastic artist in a show, but Kilmorack Gallery’s summer exhibition has six! EOGHAN BRIDGE, JANETTE KERR, ALAN MACDONALD, MADELINE MACKAY and JANE MACNEILL show together in this well-established Scottish gallery.
“I’m very excited by our Summer Exhibition”, said the excited gallery owner. “It’s very alive and current; not really a mixed exhibition at all but an opportunity for six very special artists to shine. The chosen six artists are always exciting, but at the moment they are fresher and brighter than ever” he gloated while stroking his intelligent looking beard.
|Perspectives - ceramic - EOGHAN BRIDGE|
|awaiting title - oil - JANETTE KERR|
JANETTE KERR is also new to Kilmorack Gallery but is well-established both in the far north and the south. Her time is spent between her studios in Somerset and the Shetland Isles. KERR’s inspiration is the energetic (and occasional calm) weather of the far north. Looking into her paintings - with their bold, painterly brushwork – is to be absorbed into the tumultuous world of KERR’s inspiration.
|Erratics on the Move 3 - etching - LOTTE GLOB|
|Starman - oil on linen - ALAN MACDONALD|
|Redpoll - oil on board - 14cm x 14cm - JANE MACNEILL|
|Untitled 5 - mixed media - MADELINE MACKAY|
Kilmorack Gallery’s summer show runs from the 20th June – 1st August 2015.
Monday, 25 May 2015
SEVEN Reasons to love Kilmorack Gallery
1 AAA+ artists
|An artist dressed in paint. ALLAN MACDONALD in his studio|
There are always interesting things to see.
2 Where else can you see sculpture?
|EOGHAN BRIDGE, perspectives|
Over the summer of 2015 we have work by Laurence Broderick, Eoghan Bridge, Lotte Glob, Steve Dilworth and Gerald Laing,
Kilmorack Gallery always has an exhibition running. This is normally a two or three person or solo show, but if you are interested in something else; maybe by an artist not part of the current show, there is more to see. We have a vault upstairs that can normally be perused and other works in storage too. Do you want to know more about what is here? Then our website is always up-to-date with that can be viewed.
4 The current show
|STEVE DILWORTH 'Beaked Bird' with PATRICIA CAIN 'Arena'|
Kilmorack Gallery’s website has been running since the gallery was founded eighteen years ago, so we have learned how to do it since then. If you want to find information on exhibitions quickly, or to see good photographs of work… it is all very accessible on-line and on the move.
5 The Beauty of the old church
|Autumn outside the gallery.|
We have many architectural students and other groups calling-in, looking for the perfect reuse of an old church and they see it. Here old meets new in bold style!
6 What more? Fire, coffee, mind and body
|Fireplace, crocodile and chairs. Winter 2014|
ave a jura coffee machine that grinds freshly roasted coffee beans and we have a large fire place with a comfortable chair. The Highlands are obviously world class for the outdoors and we are only half-an-hour from Inverness airport. Accommodation: there is everything from bed in a hostel to castles to rent. We have many clients who fly up just to see a piece and many more who find a visit to Kilmorack Gallery a high point of their highland stay.
For more about Kilmorack Gallery please look at our website: www.kilmorackgallery.co.uk and ask to be put on our mailing list.