Tuesday, 22 July 2014

An Invitation to our Galloway Paintings Exhibition

JAMES PATERSON RSA RSW 1854-1932 'Moniaive' oil on canvas

You can read the email invitation to our forthcoming Galloway Paintings exhibition here.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Getting Ready for the Galloway Paintings Show


The invitations for our forthcoming Galloway Paintings exhibition were posted out today. So, if you are on our paper mailing list, look out for a lovely card in the post. Our e-invitations will be arriving by email shortly. You can sign up for our email mailing list here.

Most of the paintings have arrived and we are enjoying getting to know them before we start installing the exhibition.


The exhibition opens on Saturday 2nd of August. You can view most of the paintings online on our web site here.


Friday, 23 May 2014

New Greetings Cards Published by McGill Duncan Gallery


It's something I've always wanted to do, publish our own Greetings Cards, other than our annual Christmas card. When I saw Leo's latest collection of paintings and screenprints I knew they would make stunning cards. We chose five designs. They have just come back from the printers, just in time for Spring Fling. We are all so pleased with them.


They cost £2.50 each and as well as being available from the gallery they are also on our online shop with free postage!



Thursday, 22 May 2014

Leo Blamire - Spring Fling Studio 25

We've been busy helping Leo get his work installed in the gallery for Spring Fling. He is off to see the Prince concert in Glasgow tonight (lucky thing) so we wanted to get organised before that. All his work is displayed in the front room of the gallery. The colours look fantastic together and it has all come together beautifully.

Leo and Jill

Unpacking

Nearly finished


'House Plant with Tape Measure and Bee', oil on wooden panel and 'Welcome' screenprint.

All ready for Saturday!

Leo is studio 25 and we are gallery 3 on the Spring Fling maps - look forward to seeing you over the Bank Holiday Weekend.





Saturday, 17 May 2014

A Body of Parts - Silvy Weatherall @ Jupiter Artland

 Chocolate Martinis at Jupiter Artland

On Friday we were invited by Silvy Weatherall to attend the opening of her exhibition 'A Body of Parts' at Jupiter Artland near Edinburgh. Silvy's husband is a game dealer and this, combined with her hatred of waste, lead to her using feathers, beaks, feet, and bones amongst other things in her work. My favourite piece was a silver gilded fox skeleton that had been deconstructed and beautifully presented. Silvy said it was a road kill fox that someone left on her doorstep on the 2nd of January! The exhibition is in the delightful Tin Roof Gallery at Jupiter. The presentation is meticulous, right down to having special 'feathers' wall paper printed using one of Silvy's feather designs.

There were delicious cocktails, ice creams, and food from an Airstream caravan. The party marked six years of being open for Jupiter Artland. It was a warm sunny evening and we wandered through the woodland to enjoy some of the permanent sculpture collection.

 Antony Gormley, Firmament


Contemplating Art at Jupiter Artland with Cornelia Parker's Landscape with Gun and Tree



Ian Hamilton Finlay, Only Connect

Nathan Coley, You Imagine What You Desire


Marc Quinn's Love Bomb at dusk as we were leaving.
 

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Ewan McClure paints Leo Blamire

Ewan McClure painting Leo Blamire - early stages

At the Opening of our People and Places exhibition we were lucky enough to have one of Scotland's best portrait painters, Ewan McClure, join us in the gallery for a portraiture demonstration.


Ewan showed huge skill and great calmness as he painted in front of the crowds of people who came to the opening. He even managed to chat to interested customers who were fascinated by his techniques.


He produced a wonderful painting of my brother Leo. The likeness is incredible but more than that the painting exudes a confident calmness. I love the subtle colour palate that Ewan used. He is a master at mixing colour and does it with such ease, it is mesmerising to watch.


Needless to say, my parents have bought the painting and commissioned one of my other brother Joss!


Thursday, 17 April 2014

People and Places


Please join us for drinks this Easter Saturday to launch our new exhibition 'People and Places'. The exhibition celebrates portraiture in diverse forms from wood carving and collage to oil paint. The 'Places' vary from France and India to the North of Scotland.

We are honoured to have one of Scotland's finest portrait painters, Ewan McClure, join us in the gallery for the Opening. Between 11am and 1pm Ewan will be painting a portrait of someone who will be a well known face to many of you -  artist and picture framer Leo Blamire.


Ewan McClure was a selected artist for the BP Portrait Awards, and Scottish finalist of Sky Arts Portrait Painter of the Year 2013.

The exhibiting artists are: Michael J Ashcroft, George Donald RSA RSW, Sue Dunne, Claire Harrigan RSW, Simon Laurie RGI RSW, Tracy Levine, Mary Lloyd, Ewan McClure, Alexander R Robb.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, or during the exhibition, which runs until Saturday 14th June.