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Previous Exhibitions - Union GalleryIn the Company of Birds
07.02.12 - 27.02.13
An important, group exhibition of artworks celebrating the fascinating world of ornithology.
It's the Little Things
10.01.13 - 04.02.13
A wonderful group exhibition of works on a smaller scale.
12 Oct - 12 Nov
Fire in the Garden
paintings by Derek McGuire
After the success of award-winning artist Derek McGuireâs exhibition in 2010, Union Gallery is delighted to welcome back this unique and visionary painter. An exhibition full of intrigue, wit and even darkness, there is no doubt that this is a show that will appeal to all connoisseurs of the finest painting.
07 August - 03 Sept
Mark of Beauty
We live in a period of decadent mannerism- where gimmickry is preferred to originality, sensationalism to sensitivity, slickness to skill and fashion to taste. Thankfully however, for those who care about the condition of painting, the high aesthetic ideals for which abstraction stands, have not been completely crushed. The invigorating and enduring strengths which abstract painting contains are vitally needed for the recovery and future well being of our beleaguered culture.
Mark of Beauty (MOB) is an exhibition rich and rewarding in the best qualities of contemporary Scottish abstract painting. This exceptional exhibition brings together for the first time a range of artists who have dedicated their unique talents to explore the creative and challenging possibilities that abstraction continues to offer- both to the painter and the viewer.
Selected and curated by Bill Hare- MOB presents the work of eight artists. This group comprises of older established figures like John Mclean and Fred Pollock,
mid-career painters such as Russell Colombo, Iain Robertson, Clare Wardman and Alan Shipway and young emerging talents like Trevor Jones and the newly graduated Zara Idelson, winner of the Abstract Critical Newcomer prize in Scotland this year.
All these artists, with their own different and distinctive approaches, explore the complex spatial and sensual relationships between decorative colour and amorphous shape in their visually exciting work. Through their own individually developed practice each painter creates for the attentive and sensitive viewer an immediate, yet sustained experience, of rare and authentic aesthetic sensation which will last long after the exhibition is over.
Included in this exhibition, and in the very first use of fine art in this manner, Edinburgh-based artist Trevor Jones has created a series of abstract paintings that double as QR codes linked to a website about the exhibition they will shown in, at Union Gallery on Edinburghâs Broughton Street, and about abstract art in general.
This is a fascinating meeting of art and technology, and demonstrates how art can be successfully connected with the modern world. Trevor Jones has a growing reputation for the quality of his exceptional abstract paintings, and these three are no different: they simply have a function beyond appreciation of the art. The possibilities are self-evident. As Jones says:
âThese QR code paintings are a 21st century Pandoraâs Box in that each time the painting is scanned itâs very possible something new will âpop outâ. Thanks to Social Media, Twitter feeds and Facebook plugins, people can âlikeâ and comment on the site and the artwork, and they can quickly see what others are saying about it also. I donât know of any other artist using new technology, social media and paint quite like this and so it's very exciting.â
The website also has a feature that enables any artist to upload their own images to the site and add information for buyers. These images will be on a slideshow display at Union Gallery throughout the exhibition, making this potentially the largest ever gallery exhibition.
Accompanying this important exhibition will be an illustrated catalogue with an essay by Bill Hare- writer and lecturer on Scottish Modern and Contemporary Art. For an email copy of the catalogue, please contact the gallery.
06 July - 05 August
Dylan Lisle and Claire Duguid
Following the overwhelming success of his exhibition at Union Gallery in 2010, we are delighted to welcome back figurative painter Dylan Lisle. Inspired by the technical aspects of painting by such pioneering masters such as Caravaggio and Zurbaran, Lisleâs mastery of technique married to his contemporary vision creates work of beauty, serenity and mystery. This is contemporary portraiture at its very best.
Claire Duguid, a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone in 2004, is a new to Union Gallery. A figurative painter with a unique talent, Duguidâs work deals with experiences of intimacy and solitude, experimenting with the relationship between the figure and environment. She creates an ambiguous serenity - an almost religious aura.
This exhibition showcases two of the very finest figurative painters currently working in Scotland, both with a unique and compelling vision, and both with the very highest levels of skill.
07 June - 03 July
Way Out West: New Works by Norrie Harman
In 2001, Westerhailes-born painter Norrie Harman graduated from Edinburgh College of Art, where he had also just been awarded The Scottish Royal Academy Latimer Award for the outstanding young Scottish painter, and promptly left Edinburgh to build a career as an artist in England, believing that his somewhat controversial work would be better received âdown southâ. His work has not been seen by a Scottish audience since, apart from a handful of paintings at Union Gallery in June 2011.
It is therefore no surprise that Union Gallery is delighted to announce a solo exhibition of new work by this extraordinary talent, opening on 7 June 2012.
Norrie Harman has found considerable success away from Scotland over the last 10 years, and he now feels that the time is right to return with this stunning display of his hard-edged, raw and sometimes disturbing paintings. Influenced by Francis Bacon and German Expressionists such as Max Beckmann, his powerful work questions the values of our commodity driven culture and explores the fragility of modern life. The images of âreal people in the real worldâ expose his characters at their most vulnerable and lost: âMethadone Loveâ, âBurke and Hareâ and âFather Daughterâ will fascinate but leave the viewer with a sense of unease over the difficulties, even cruelty, of the modern life that they depict so powerfully. However, Harman is no apologist â these are proud people with courage and determination in spite of their circumstances. Similarly, his exquisite images of the animals that also inhabit this hard world are full of sadness but certainly not defeat. Norrie Harmanâs interest lies with those at the fringes of society, the outcasts that most of us choose to ignore. He is a modern-day chronicler of the darker edges of our world.
Norrie Harmanâs painting techniques are particularly fitting for this powerful imagery. Working largely in monochrome, using inks, charcoals and pen, his paintings sometimes have an almost unfinished appeal to them â scratched and dripping, they represent his subject matter to perfection.
This exhibition is something new for the Edinburgh art scene and will be a real eye-opener. It is an important event in the Edinburgh art calendar - an artist with such a powerful voice and strong identity is finally able to exhibit in his home town.
04 May - 04 June
Janet Melrose RSW and Jenny Matthews
An exhibition of new work by two of Scotlandâs finest talents, Jenny Matthews and Janet Melrose RSW, is a real feast for the eyes. Contemporaries at Edinburgh College of Art, and firm friends, both have gone on to build formidable reputations for the quality and beauty of their painting.
Few artists working in Scotland today can boast such a loyal and passionate following as Jenny Matthews. Having trained under Dame Elizabeth Blackadder at ECA, Jenny has taken the art of flower painting to the highest levels, working predominately in watercolour. Her paintings are highly observed, in contrast to the surrounding areas which are more intuitive and atmospheric, and are often inspired by colour combinations noticed while out painting. The myriad of flowers and plants, not to mention the ever-changing landscape and weather conditions, allow her to constantly find new inspiration and ideas, whether it be in the garden or further afield. Highly collected and admired, Matthews has produced a stunning collection of new work for this exhibition.
Recently elected to the RSW, Janet Melrose works under the mantra âless is moreâ. She makes work which is simple and without embellishment, yet extremely beautiful. The overall space of the canvas and in particular the edge of the canvas are important to Melrose, as if there is a main theme and subplot both hanging in the balance.
This is an exhibition of outstanding beauty - full of colour and light and joy. A fabulous celebration of the natural world we are all so privileged to inhabit.
26 January - 27 February 2012
A fascinating and enchanting exhibition of paintings inspired by, or created in conjunction with, poetry. Included in the exhibition is a new body of work by Isle of Skye-based artist James Newton Adams entitled the âCromarty Seriesâ and created in collaboration with writer, director and poet Iain Finlay MacLeod. Also, beautiful new work from Olivia Irvine, Joyce Gunn Cairns and Imogen Alabaster combine make this an exhibition of the highest quality that explores the relationship between painting and the written word.
13 October - 7 November 2011
Onslaught of Autumn
A mixed exhibition to celebrate the arrival of Autumn, with new work by Hazel Cashmore, Beth Robertson Fiddes, Mark Edward, Ian Rawnsley, and introducing to the gallery landscape artist Melanie Williamson.
11 November - 5 December 2011
Gone to Earth: new paintings by Alison Auldjo
Union Gallery is delighted to announce a solo exhibition by its founder and owner, Alison Auldjo. Having taken two years away from exhibiting in order to establish the gallery, this is a most welcome event, with her own unique style of abstract landscape painting being a valuable addition to our exhibition calendar.
Alisonâs new work is certainly not traditional or necessarily representational, with the landscape being employed as a means of release and escapism. Recently there has been an important element of autobiography appearing in her work, with her inner most feelings - be they joy, uncertainty or longing - playing an increasingly influental role. The work is full of mysticism and charm, sometimes playful and sometimes full of disquiet, but are all connected through Alisonâs desire to demonstrate how the work was fought with and nurtured: with âbattle scarsâ, mark-making and layers of thought.
8 September - 10 October 2011
Plight of the Bumblebee
A fascinating and entertaining mixed exhibition highlighting the problem of the declining bee population and helping to raise funds for research through artwork. Artists as diverse as Jenny Matthews, Janet Melrose, Dylan Lisle, and sculptors Hanna Haworth and Jessica Irena Smith have all produced superb work of a bee-related nature for this exhibition.
20% of the proceeds of the exhibition will be donated to The Bumblebee Conservation Trust.
5 August - 5 September 2011
New Paintings by Philip Braham
One of Scotlandâs great contemporary talents, Philip Braham has a justifiable reputation as a major creative force, producing work that is visually stunning, challenging and demanding of the viewer. In the last two years, he has found acclaim with his publication âSuicide Notesâ, and with his photographic work âFalling Shadows in Arcadiaâ â showcased at the RSA during the Edinburgh Art Festival 2010.
Using woodland interiors as his backdrop, Philip Braham has created an extraordinary collection of paintings that are both beautiful and deeply atmospheric. There is no doubt that the work is challenging and will demand considerable attention from the viewer, but the result will certainly be worth the effort.
As his first major exhibition of paintings since 2006, âSTILL.â is a significant event in the Cityâs art calendar and should not be missed.
1 July - 2 August
Dylan Lisle and Patsy McArthur
Two of Scotlandâs finest figurative artists have collaborated to make this an exhibition of extraordinary quality. Both graduates from Grays School of Art, they take widely different approaches to produce exceptional work.
Patsy McArthur creates evocative images with a psychological and emotional impact. Her images deal with figures in motion or transition and allude to movement through psychological states. Using repetition as a tool, with the same figure appearing more than once in an image, she removes the work from realism so it becomes a site for multiple versions of self, or transitional human states. The work is generally monochrome or very limited palette which strips the image down, without colour to seduce, thus focussing on content.
Equally, this exhibition sees Dylan Lisle producing an outstanding body of work: the first substantial collection to be shown in Edinburgh since 2002. Fascinated by the technical aspects of painting and inspired by pioneering masters such as Caravaggio and Zurbaran, Dylanâs mastery of technique married to his contemporary vision creates work of beauty, serenity and mystery.
This exhibition is a showcase of two exceptional artists, each bringing their individual interpretations of the human form. Essential viewing for all lovers of figurative art.
3 June - 28 June
An irresistible blend of Union gallery regular artists including Janet Melrose, John Carberry and Sally Johns, along with the introduction of some new artists to the gallery, James Newton Adams and Drysdale Scott.
The month of June also sees Union Gallery celebrate its first birthday. The party will be an open house affair attended by gallery artists, friends and supporters alike. Should you like to help us celebrate this milestone, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7 May - 31 May 2010
Jenny Matthews Solo Exhibition
Few artists working in Scotland today can boast such a loyal and passionate following as Jenny Matthews. Having trained under Dame Elizabeth Blackadder at ECA, Jenny has taken the art of flower painting to the highest levels, working predominately in watercolour. Her paintings are highly observed, in contrast to the surrounding areas which are more intuitive and atmospheric, and are often inspired by colour combinations noticed while out painting. The myriad of flowers and plants, not to mention the ever-changing landscape and weather conditions, allow her to constantly find new inspiration and ideas, whether it be in the garden or further afield. Highly collected and admired, Jenny has produced a stunning collection of new work for this beautiful exhibition.
7 January - 1 February 2010
Olivia Irvine and Fiona Jappy
Union Gallery is delighted to announce an exhibition by two of Scotlandâs most creative and exciting contemporary artists, Olivia Irvine and Fiona Jappy. Both create highly personal, thought provoking and beautiful paintings that are yet individual in style and content. An exhibition influenced by family, heritage, identity and belonging, this is a real treat for all lovers of fine
26 November - 5 January 2010
A collection of new work by Shona Finlay, Imogen Alabaster and Dylan Lisle, along with superb paintings by Janet Melrose and sculptures by Barbara Franc and Frances Ross
8 October - 25 November: Landmarks
A mixed exhibition of fine landscape paintings from some of Scotland's most highly regarded artists, including Georgie Young, Dorothy Bruce and Alison Auldjo
David Hosie: An Exhibition of New Work
An important collection of new work by this internationally acclaimed artist.
A mixed exhibition including work by Graham Flack, Henry Kondracki, Derek McGuire and Trevor Jones
Our inaugural exhibition: a varied show of fine artists including Mark Edward, Douglas Sneddon, Dylan Lisle and Imogen Alabaster
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