The Whitehouse Gallery will open its doors for the first exhibition of 2016, with a three week exhibition featuring five outstanding Scottish artists. ‘Engaging Elements’ will run from Saturday 6th – 27th February, and focuses upon the work of four artist and printmakers and one sculptor.
The gallery is delighted to welcome landscape artist Kate Downie for the first time. Well known for her paintings and drawings as well as her printmaking, Kate has earned a reputation as one of Scotland’s leading artists with international acclaim.
Kate has been a practicing visual artist for over 35 years. Her interest in the social fabric of civil engineering, urbanisation and landscape has lead her into a series of extraordinary residencies over the years, including placements in a brewery, an oil rig, on the Great Wall of China and more recently on the Forth Road Bridge. The Whitehouse Gallery will be exhibiting some of Kate’s prints in this exhibition, featuring some new work illustrating brand new techniques.
Cat Outram is a printmaker based in Edinburgh who will also be exhibiting some of her etchings for the first time. Cat’s inspiration is light, she is drawn to the details caught in sunlight or long shadows, and then her attention turns to texture and shape. Cat’s work usually falls into one of three caterogies; view of Edinburgh, flowers or collections of natural and man-made objects. The collection of prints in this exhibition will cover all three subject matter.
Moniave based artist printmaker Silvana McLean is to exhibit a large body of her work in this exhibition, including prints, originals and three dimensional works.
Silvana’s interests in the North are evident in her work, and will be further researched when she embarks on an artist residency to Iceland in March 2016. Silvana’s work references the differing light quality between North and West as well as the quietude and remote nature of Iceland’s coastal margins. Her large canvasses attempt to describe the vast landscapes of Iceland using a variety of mixed media alongside more traditional materials.
Inspiration is also drawn from Shetland, another northern location, and is usually shown in three dimensional works such as artist books and constructions in box frames which combine print, text and poetry as part of the overall works.
Local artist David Boyne will also be exhibiting a small collection of his prints in this exhibition. Having graduated from St Martins School of Art in London in the 1980s, Boyne moved to Dumfries & Galloway as a self employed artist soon after, and has explored a range of mediums over the years including ceramics, painting and printmaking. This exhibition features some of his lithographs.
The Gallery are delighted to welcome one of their long standing favourite artists, Elizabeth Waugh, to exhibit a large collection of her sculpture in this exhibition, which will include some new pieces. Now in her late 80s, Elizabeth works with as much enthusiasm and energy as she ever has and still follows her great love and fascination of human and animal forms in her creative endeavors. Work is usually built in plaster and then cast in bronze resin, and is mainly figurative, including both human nude and animal forms.
The Whitehouse Gallery is a member of the Own Art scheme.
For more information, please contact the gallery on 01557 330223 or email email@example.com
Image – ‘The Quarry Path’ by Kate Downie