JOE HARGAN PAI PPAI
Born in 1952 in Glasgow, Joe studied Drawing and Painting at Glasgow School of Art from 1970 – 74. A well recognised and respected figure on the Scottish art scene, Joe was President and Chairman of the Paisley Art Institute from1989 – 2000 and President of the Glasgow Art Club until 2020. A master of colour and tongue in cheek humour, Joe’s paintings offer humorous and sometimes surreal vignettes of the good life, featuring Sniffy and various other characters within striking gallery and stately home settings. Recurring symbols and metaphors abound within the paintings, and one is often treated to a painting within a painting, an old master within a new master. Twelve of Joe’s paintings feature in this exhibition; a larger group of his Sniffy paintings along with a smaller group of head studies.
MARION DRUMMOND PAI
Marion has been working as a professional fine art painter for almost thirty years. Her inimitable style has established her as one of Scotland’s most recognisable and sought after artists and she was recently awarded PAI (Paisley Art Institute). Taking her inspiration from the folds in petals or fabric to the translucent shimmer of a water filled vase, Marion captures the moment and portrays it with intimacy and warmth. She completely immerses herself in the visceral act of painting, often using rags and her fingers within a dynamic painting process. We are delighted to feature her still life paintings in this exhibition, along with a group of four small head studies, a subject Marion has always loved and has returned to very recently.
ROBERT KELSEY PAI FRSA
Robert studied fine art at Glasgow School of Art, where his tutors included David Donaldson, Alexander Goudie and James Robertson. He then pursued a career in teaching art until 1995, when he decided to concentrate full time on painting from his home and studio near Glasgow. With over twenty London solo shows under his belt, Robert has established an enviable following and reputation for his sensitive and atmospheric oil paintings, and especially for his beach subjects. Favouring quiet and remote beaches in the Hebrides and West Coast of Scotland, Robert paints with sensitivity to interpret a sense of place through the power of light and colour. Roberts return to Morningside Gallery after many years, with a group of six paintings.
JENNIFER IRVINE RGI RSW
Jennifer studied at Glasgow School of Art in the mid-seventies before moving into a career in teaching. She began painting full time in 1990 and has since won awards including The David Cargill Award, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Award and The Sir William Gillies Award. Inspired by her trips to France, Spain and Italy, Jennifer has a great interest in depicting the nuances of light and shade. She draws on the way sunlight interacts with its surroundings, considering how it falls on the ornate facade of a building in Provence, and the way it reflects on the sparkling surface of a Venetian waterway. Ten of Jennifer’s paintings feature in this exhibition and they are sure to take us away to these wonderful places.
Andrew studied painting at Glasgow School of Art and graduated in 1997. He now lives and works on the Black Isle in the Highlands of Scotland. His work can be found in many private collections, including the collection of HRH The Duchess of Rothesay. Andrew paints a wide range of still life subjects and this latest collection of paintings features five stripped back compositional depictions examining the texture and form of Chinese ceramics, their glazes and decoration.
A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, George Birrell has enjoyed a long career in teaching and now paints full time from his studio in East Lothian. When he was 15 George visited the villages of the East Neuk of Fife and he’s been fascinated by them ever since. These are villages with such a unique character, and one that contrasts strongly with some of the more dramatic and wild subjects of Scottish landscape paintings. George’s paintings are never of specific villages but they pull together the many elements – the architecture, alleyways, harbours and fishing creels – that are quintessentially East Neuk. Six of this instantly recognisable Scottish artists’s work feature in the exhibition.
SIMON LAURIE RSW RGI
Simon studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1982 to 1988. He was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (RSW) in 1991 and the Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI) in 2000, where he served as convener for six years. He has had many solo shows, both in the UK and abroad, and has won many prestigious and major awards. Simon’s paintings are characterised by references to Scottish life and society, incorporating fish, boats, religious symbols and everyday items. These objects are arranged upon a rich textural ground created by the application of multiple layers of acrylic paint. He has worked with acrylic paint for almost 30 years, developing his own individual style and visual language. An artist we have followed for some years, we are delighted to introduce Simon’s work here at Morningside Gallery with a group of seven paintings.
Another Glasgow School of Art graduate (this was not the intentional theme of the exhibition!), Scottish artist Peter King studied drawing and painting before embarking on a career in teaching for over thirty years. He has painted full time since 2010, exhibiting regularly at the Royal Scottish Academy, The Royal Glasgow Institute and Thompson’s Galleries in London. Peter uses the tactile qualities and vivid colours of oil paint to its full potential in his bold stylised landscapes. With buttery textures and broad sweeps of colour he creates striking hills, lochs and coastlines. Over the last two years we have built up a real following for Peter’s spacious and minimal paintings and there are eight of his new paintings to enjoy in this exhibition!
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