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Name: Gwen Adair


Artist’s Statement

My recent work has explored various themes but the human figure always predominates. I am fascinated by the way the disposition of figures can create a story in the mind of the viewer, which possibly comes from my training as an illustrator. The arrangement of several figures creates challenges in how to balance positive and negative shapes and the spaces between them. Images have sometimes been chosen to appeal to memories we share from childhood, or to explore stereotypes and contradictions. In my most recent work I have been looking at performers; I am drawn to their enigmatic lifestyles as much as to their costumes. Clowns and dancers with make-up masking their expressions are figures full of intrigue, sinister and exciting, drawing you into their world like the faeries in ancient folk-lore.

Birds began to appear alongside the performers, and have now become a subject in themselves, as their colours, shapes and textures are lovely to paint. There is also something knowing about birds. Still life painting demands a balance of pattern and shape, and gives scope for exploring colour. My themes are quite traditional, and I tend to work quickly in an “alla prima” fashion. Hopefully this gives a certain spontaneity to the work. I strongly believe that the paint should be part of the painting, and that the marks themselves should add to the image, so I use square brushes and knives to build texture.


Glasgow School of Art ……………BA(Hons) Graphics and Illustration 1988

……………………………………       Postgraduate Diploma 1989

Jordanhill College of Education (Strathclyde University)………PGCE 1993

Community Artist, Glasgow, from 1990 – 1993

Art & Design Teacher, Dumfries Academy, 1993 – present (Chartered Teacher since 2010)



Nov 2006 Finalist, ING Discerning Eye Drawing Competition, Mall

Galleries, London

Jan 2007 – Dec 2010 – Group show, McGill Duncan Gallery, Castle Douglas;

                   Face to Face Exhibition Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries;

20/20 exhibition Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries;

                   50/50 exhibition Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries

2012 – Exhibition with Andrew Adair, Catstrand, New Galloway

           Solo exhibition, Gracefield Arts Centre Café, Dumfries

          Christmas Exhibition, Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright; Moy Mackay

Gallery, Peebles

2013 – Solo exhibition, A’ the Airts, Sanquhar

            Little Wonders, Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright; Christmas

Exhibition, Cut the Mustard, Langholm

2014 – Group show, Richard Hagen, Broadway, Worcestershire

            Festival Exhibition ,Laurel Gallery, Edinburgh

            Solo exhibition, Cut the Mustard Gallery, Langholm, including Meet

Your Maker event

2015 – As We See Ourselves, Frames Gallery, Perth; Group show, Cut the

Mustard, Langholm; Group show, Number 4 Gallery, St Abbs

            Exhibit A, Frames Gallery, Perth; Black and White, Yellow Door,

Dumfries; Christmas Exhibitions, Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright,

Upfront Gallery, Penrith, Yellow Door Gallery, Dumfries

2016 – Open Exhibition, Upfront Gallery, Penrith; Spring Exhibition, Yellow

Door, Dumfries; Spring Fling Showcase, Gracefield, Dumfries

ArTay, Perth; Spring Fling Open Studios event, Dumfries

                   Trooping the Colour, Yellow Door, Dumfries; Summer Show,

Number Four, St Abbs; Portrait Competition, The Yellow Door,

Dumfries (overall winner);  ‘Temptations’ (group show), Cut the

Mustard, Langholm; Christmas Show – Art Exposure, Glasgow

March 2017 – Group Show, Velvet Easel Gallery, Portobello

April 2017 – Group Show – Gallery Q, Dundee

Glasgow Art Fair, with Gallery Q

May 2017 – ArTay with Frames Gallery, Perth

Spring Fling, Open Studios event, Dumfries

June 2017 – Portobello Mon Amour, Velvet Easel Gallery, Portobello