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"Enchanted Places: Four Leading Contemporary Scottish Painters"
2003-11-17 until 2004-01-12
Shire Pottery Gallery and Studios
Alnwick, , UK United Kingdom

A stunning presentation of the work of four leading contemporary Scottish painters brings to a conclusion our 2003 programme of exhibitions at Shire Pottery Gallery & Studios in an alchemic evocation of magical imagery and luminous use of colour. "Enchanted Places" is an exhibition of heightened sensibility, contrasting the extraordinary draftsmanship of Reinhard Behrens and Angus McEwan with the sensuality and suggestion of place of Charles McQueen and Dawson Murray.

REINHARD BEHRENS RSW SSA

"My drawings, etchings, paintings and installations contribute to an ever increasing Śbody of evidence‚ for the existence of the parallel world of ŚNaboland‚ in which normal limits of time and space are dissolvedNaboland is not so much a dream country of my own but rather the shared sum of associations that are stirred up in anybody who looks at my work." Reinhard Behrens studied painting and drawing at Hamburg, Vienna Academy and Edinburgh College of Art. He was President of the Society of Scottish Artists from 1989-92. Selected awards: Scottish Arts Council, Benno Schotz Award, IBM Award, Educational Institute of Scotland Awards (RSA & SSA), 1997 Noble Grossart Painting Prize (2nd place), Paisley Drawing Biennale.

ANGUS MCEWAN RSW

"My watercolours are not traditional in the purest sense, but are complicated visual metaphors, saturated with colour, shadows and depth. I am naturally drawn to unusual subject matter, odd compositions, unique surfaces and colour arrangements, strong tonal contrasts and symbolic imagery." Angus McEwan was presented with the RSW‚s Alexander Graham Munro Award in 1999, the Glasgow Art Club Fellowship in 2001 and was elected member of the RSW Council in 2002, winning the RSA‚s Diana King Scottish Gallery Prize in the same year. McEwan‚s painting "Lily Shadows," on view during "Enchanted Places," won a finalist award in International Artists Magazine, Issue No. 33, 2003.

CHARLES MACQUEEN RSW RGI

"Colour and surface texture are very important elements in my paintings. The forms I use are forms remembered, experienced or dreamt about. Usually, as with recent trips to Tunisia and Morocco, it takes between six months and a year to absorb the experiences. The stark visual contrasts of moving between strong blinding sunlight and dark bazaars full of rich reds, golds and turquoise eventually inhabit my paintings." Major Scottish awards for painting include the RSA‚s Debenhams Award for outstanding work by a Scottish Artist, the Glasgow Civic Art Prize, RSW‚s Scottish Art Club Award, and the RGI‚s Torrance Award. Charles MacQueen has just been commissioned by Cunard to paint works for their new cruise liner the "Queen Victoria," due to enter service in 2005.

DAWSON MURRAY RSW RGI

"My paintings have always been about light and for some years now they have been based on drawings made in gardens - my own garden, wild gardens, formal, secret, even exotic gardens. I prize the sense of intimacy - of being close enough to share the feelings and creativity that others have poured into these special places." Nominated as one of only six artists from the whole of Great Britain in 1998 for the Lord Provost‚s Prize, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Dawson Murray is a recipient of the prestigious Alexander Graham Munro and RSW Council Awards, and the Peacock Printmakers Editioning Award. In 2000 he was awarded third place in the Noble Grossart Competition - Scotland‚s major open painting prize.

IMAGE
Charles MacQueen RGI RSWM
   "Siesta,Provence"
Mixed Media
14 x 15


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