We are delighted to bring together Julian Mason and Georgina McMaster in this two person exhibition. With over 50 paintings between them, the exhibition is a celebration of the natural world and the living creatures that we share it with. While their styles of painting are quite different, both artists approach their work with sensitive attention to detail and a unique engagement with the subjects they are painting.
A much collected Scottish artist, Georgina McMaster graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2002 with a BA (Hons) in Visual Communication, specialising in Drawing and Painting. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the David Cargill Award at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (RGI) in 2008. Georgina’s paintings are instantly recognisable and she has a large and loyal following around the world. Her striking paintings of animals, birds and insects have real presence, with each creature standing forth against a plain white or linen background, often making direct eye contact with the viewer.
The exhibition contains a number of bumblebee paintings, subject matter that Georgina has been drawn to for a long time. Living in the Scottish countryside, Georgina has become increasingly aware of the role that the humble bumblebee plays within our larger ecosystem. Through close observation and detailed brushwork, Georgina’s paintings capture the soft texture of the bees’ distinctive black and yellow bodies, and of course the many flowers they are attracted to.
Julian Mason trained at the Falmouth School of Art and he has exhibited widely ever since. Julian has visited Scotland since he was a child and as a full time painter he now spends weeks away at a time, painting the places that inspire him most; Glen Coe and Glen Etive, Glenfinnan, Arisaig, Skye, and Iona. As a landscape artist who prefers to paint en plein air, Julian ventures out in all weathers, working in oils for their vibrancy, pliability and resilience in damp, drizzle, ice and snow.
The lockdowns of the last year and a half have impacted artists differently and for Julian the travel restrictions were particularly problematic. Forced to paint vases of flowers on his garden table for months, he was delighted when he was able to start visiting all of his favourite painting spots in Scotland again. These paintings are the result!
Along with the paintings in this exhibition you’ll find OS co-ordinates, notes about the weather that day, and Julian’s frustrated attempts to dislodge midges from their favourite treat – blue oil paint! Painting outdoors in Scotland requires a lot of special kit and we will have some of it in the gallery over the opening weekend, along with a selection of photographs and Julian’s working oil sketches. Both artists will be in the gallery on Saturday the 16th from 1-3pm to answer any questions you might have about particular paintings.
There will be an Online Private View with a 3D exhibition tour at 6pm on Friday the 15th of October. The gallery opens at 10am on Saturday the 16th of October and we look forward to seeing some of you in person then!
The digital catalogue can be viewed here and you can request a printed catalogue or more information via the link below: