Monday, 8 June 2015

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition opened to the public today. Four artists who exhibit with us have had work chosen for this prestigious show: Michael J Ashcroft, Susie Perring, Ian McNicol and Helen Fay.

Michael J Ashcroft MAFA, 'Lower Mosley Street, Manchester'
The exhibition is open to any artists wishing to enter but due to high demand is capped at 12000 entries.  The art works go through a demanding selection process and are shortlisted.  The shortlisted works are then whittled down again and only 1200 of the best works are then put on display in the Royal Academy in London. The exhibition runs from the 8 June to 16 August.
Ian McNicol  is exhibiting in our current exhibition. His etching 'Red Verses Blue' has been selling very well at the RA exhibition, with only seven left from an edition of 20.

Michael J Ashcroft MAFA painting (pictured above) has also sold. He is exhibiting with us at the end of August and in preparation for the show he's coming to Galloway to paint this week. A lot of his work is 'en plein air' so we are hoping for a good week of weather.
Print makers Susie Perring and Helen Fay are long standing exhibitors at our gallery. They have both been getting work into the RA Summer exhibition for many years and this year is no exception. 

If you can't get down to London you can view all the works in the exhibition online. It is the first year that you have been able to do this and I must say I'm really impressed with the web site. You can have a browse through the exhibition here.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Spring Fling @ McGill Duncan Gallery

It's Spring Fling time again (23 - 25 May 2015) and we will be open all weekend, including Sunday, from 10am to 5:30pm.

Leo Blamire will have his studio in the gallery. We look forward to welcoming visitors from far and wide. Here's a selection of his work:

Leo Blamire 'Partridge, Winter Sun' oil on panel

Leo Blamire 'Game Set and Match' oil on panel

Leo Blamire 'Peaceful Plant' oil on panel

Leo Blamire 'Pomegranate on Gold' oil on panel

Leo Blamire 'Favourite Green Chair' oil on panel

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Spring Fling Exhibition - Art, Food & Drink

Suzanne Stuart Davies with her Still Life 'Ratatouille'.

Sculptor Max Nowell with his garden piece 'Three Perry Pears'.

Annirose Ansbro with her abstract painting 'Drool'

Claire Dawdry and Geoff Forrest with their collaborative pieces 'Fruits of the Forrest'.



The Spring Fling Flagship Exhibition 'Art, Food and Drink' is well underway now. Here are some photographs from our opening day when photographer Colin Hattersley took photos of some of the participating artists with their work.

The diversity and quality of the work, I hope you'll agree, is something Dumfries and Galloway should be proud of. Many of the artists taking part chose to make something specifically for the exhibition and this was very exciting for us. It certainly made installing all the different work much easier as we were working towards a cohesive exhibition. With 87 artists taking part this was always going to be a challenge. Visitors have been commenting on how good the show is and how well it showcases the work of the 2015 Spring Fling artists.

The exhibition runs until 23rd April 2015.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Tracy Levine Film



Here is the Tracy Levine film that we made in conjunction with our current exhibition. Tracy talks about some of the paintings in our exhibition.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Lisa Hooper @

Lisa Hooper photo credit: Euan Adamson

This Saturday, 14th February, Lisa Hooper will be in the gallery. She will be demonstrating tessellation lino cut print making. Come along between 11 am and 1 pm and see Lisa making a print using this fascinating technique. No need to book, just drop in. We will be open until 5 pm. The demonstration will be informal and you can ask Lisa questions about her work and view the exhibition.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Fields and Feathers

We are busy getting the gallery ready for our 'Fields and Feathers' Tracy Levine and Lisa Hooper exhibition. You can read the email that I have just sent to our mailing list here.


Please join us on Saturday 7 February from 11 am to 1 pm for the opening (the gallery will be open as usual until 5 pm). Both the artists will be in the gallery to meet customers and and talk about their work.



Friday, 23 January 2015

RSW Prize

SUSIE HUNT 'Night Meets Light' watercolour

The 134th Annual Exhibition of The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour is currently on show at The Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.

This year we have presented the McGill Duncan Gallery Award to Susie Hunt for her watercolour 'Night Meets Light'. We were due to travel to Edinburgh last Thursday to present Susie with her award but the dreadful weather conditions scuppered our plans and we had to post her the cheque instead.

However, we are delighted that Susie Hunt will be exhibiting her work here at McGill Duncan Gallery in the future.

Susie's painting really stood out for us when we went to Edinburgh in early January to select the winner of our award. 'Night Meets Light' is incredibly atmospheric and the reflection of the moonlight on the woodland path combined with the torch light from the dark figures certainly gives the painting mystery; you are drawn into thinking about what the story behind the painting might be. We don't think you would ever tire of looking at this painting.

If you can get to Edinburgh we highly recommend going to see the RSW show, which is on until the 31st of January. You can read more about the RSW here.