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Name: Phil McMenemy


Artist Statement

‘This is my twelfth year as a professional fine art and landscape photographic artist –  and the journey continues.

I strive to create beauty and to attempt to capture the beauty ‘out there’  here in Scotland.

My camera is my paintbrush, my means-to-an-end, the camera is not the end in itself –  it’s merely the beginning.
The link/connection between the literal and the abstract forms out there in nature continue to enthral and captivate me.
However the qualities of a great image remain my most pressing concerns, namely: the light, the context, composition, correct exposure, how I am feeling and how the image ‘feels’. My feelings and emotions completely underpin my work, they are indelibly connected – they drive what I create.

My work is my attempt to share my ‘take’ on Scotland generally and Galloway specifically, how I see this land and how it makes me feel.
I guess every artist, whatever their medium, strives to connect with the observer – it’s very human to want to connect and belong.
This is fundamental to me. ‘

CV – 2018

I am a professional photographic artist based in Laurieston, Dumfries and Galloway. My work depicts the natural beauty and highlights the fine art potential of Scotland in general and the region of SW Scotland specifically.

Included in this CV are examples of my work-life including: collaborations, awards, exhibitions, talks/workshops, galleries and education.

I supply images to various image libraries and commercial customers, including work to an international interior design company Wallsauce. However my main focus and pleasure comes from providing images which individuals enjoy and wish to purchase – I am also developing a healthy list of commissions created for individuals and families.

This has been a great year here in the Gallery at Laurieston a year of evolution and continued growth. I am finding that this space is really becoming the heart of my business – the need to show away from home is negated as the gallery audience increases and other artists wish to share the space here with me for special selected shows. Having said that I am always keen to investigate showing at high quality established galleries, such as The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle, England – to share my work with new audiences and develop new markets.

I have recently been commissioned to provide images for a refurbished Hotel at Gatehouse of Fleet and Solicitors offices in Castle Douglas. I have held workshops, including blocks of training with groups and individuals, one-day workshops and delivered talks around Scotland. I have visited schools and colleges to discuss working as an artist, photography and the arts business.

I have offered training and advice to qualifying artists at Dumfries and Galloway College – via Spring Fling and am currently preparing for more ‘arts & business’ talks in High Schools in Dumfries.

I have also given talks in a variety of settings, including:  The Granite Kitchen restaurant where we have developed ‘Galloway: Its Food and Art’ evenings, Arts Societies, an Alzheimers group, Care Homes, Women’s Groups, Schools and Higher Education departments, the ‘Savour The Flavours’ event, I also offer workshops and talks to numerous Arts bodies and societies.

My gallery/studio – The Gallery at Laurieston – has been the main outlet for my work since 2008. I am proud that in May 2015 I opened a new, larger Gallery at Laurieston. This took a great deal of time, effort and financial input but I am proud of my efforts and excited about future potential. Feedback from visitors and other artists to date has been fantastic and most reassuring.  A number of mixed-shows have been held here successfully – I value having the work of other artists here. The gallery takes up so much of my time presently, the management, running, opening etc etc – it’s good to be very busy! The gallery has also hosted events over the last year, including hosting an event and talk for the new and exciting Galloway Glens Project, visits from various arts clubs and groups and most recently young people on the autistic spectrum with the ‘Better Lives Partnership’ as they investigate the opportunities for work and their futures.

I am a member of the Scottish Artists Union, a founding member of the Galloway Photographic Collective and previously an active member of the Spring Fling Committee and a Director.
I was also delighted in late 2013, alongside artist Julie Dumbarton, to be selected as DGLife Magazines:  Dumfries and Galloway Artist of the Year 2013 – a proud achievement, and shortlisted for the 2014 award. I have also recently become involved in a forum to increase and improve potential of visitors and guests to Dumfries & Galloway with a remit to speak as an artist, business and gallery owner.

Libraries, Galleries and outlets:

My images are permanently held at the following:

The Gallery at Laurieston

Millennium Images – contemporary photographic image art library – London

Wallsauce – International Interiors and wallcoverings company

Catstrand – New Galloway

Tolbooth Arts Centre – Kirkcudbright

Scottishviewpoint Image Library – Edinburgh


Available Works from Phil McMenemy