The Whitehouse Gallery is looking forward to the launch of its next exhibition ‘By Autumn Wild’. The exhibition preview opening is on Saturday 14th September, doors will open from 11am. The exhibition will run until 2nd November, normal opening times are Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm.
‘By Autumn Wild’ welcomes some brand new artists to the gallery, bringing them together with some of the galleries long standing favourite artists. This mixed exhibition predominantly features still life, landscape and figurative works.
New to the gallery are Gwendol Gains BA, Hanna Kaciniel, Philip Raskin & Susan Reid.
Gwendol Gain’s interest as an artist lies in the effect man has had on the land. Various configurations of obscure objects such as rusting corrugated sheeting, wire meshing, the odd tree stump or an old oil drum, when creatively assembled provide a barrier and an interesting installation deserving of an artist’s attention.
Hanna Kaciniel paints still-life, finding that her hyper realist style means she can meticulously build up her painting over time adopting a multi layered process, to achieve a high level of detail in her work. She brings a modern twist to her still life through her use of colour and choice of subjects.
Philip Raskin is a Scottish artist who has achieved notability within the contemporary Scottish art scene. Raskin prefers to combine a heavy application of impasto paint with a delicacy and sensitivity more usually associated with watercolour. With this, Raskin manages to capture the mood, light and textures of his native Scotland. His intuitive use of colour and narrow palette radiates a sense of peace and tranquillity, with a tendency to paint private places for the viewer to enjoy.
Susan Reid is a Scottish landscape painter, who works mainly in oils, but also likes to experiment in mixed media. A fascination of colour and “not being too exact” are what characterises her work. She is particularly drawn to the West and East coasts of Scotland, and also to the Mediterranean sunshine.
Although not a new artist to the gallery, we are also very excited to be the first gallery to exhibit paintings by Lizzie Farey. Lizzie has an international reputation as a willow artist, but has returned to her love of painting more recently. Using oil and pastel Lizzie creates semi abstract landscape paintings that are boldly expressive. Her intuitive responses to the natural world are captured in energetic brush marks and vibrant streaks of colour. Having studied at art college in the 1980’s Lizzie continues to be creative in her unique expressions of artistic interpretation.
We are delighted to welcome the return of some of our longstanding regular painters to the gallery, and really looking forward to exhibiting new collections from Andy Cross, Marion Drummond PAI & Joyce Gunn Cairns MBE.
Andy Cross (featured image) will be giving us a larger collection of work than usual, with a rich Autumnal palette connecting both landscape and still life works. Drummond will be exhibiting some of her distinctive and sought after still life and figurative oil paintings. Acclaimed artist Joyce Gunn Cairns MBE will also be exhibiting some of her gentle figures, creatures and still life works in this exhibition.
Still life and landscape paintings will also be on the walls by Glasgow School of Art graduate Doreen Davis DA, who has enjoyed returning to painting in her retirement.
We are also delighted to welcome back two Edinburgh College of Art graduates, James Fraser RSW and James Somerville, each with a very distinctive style.
Fraser approaches his still life work in a chaotic fashion, attacking the surface with various materials, after which he has to re-organise the chaos through adding and subtracting to create something more pleasing to the eye. Somerville’s landscape and still life paintings are slightly abstracted in style, and well beyond the picturesque. They show a concentration on atmosphere, mood and a response to things seen rather than a mere representation of place.
Two artists who have a more painterly approach to their landscapes include Stewart Lammie and Nancy Turnbull. Lammie is from Newton Stewart, and prefers to paint local scenes plein air, inspired by the wealth of beauty the surrounding landscape has to offer. Like Lammie, Turnbull paints in oil, and is greatly inspired by the Scottish landscape.
Last but by no means least, local artist Heather Nisbett will be giving us a selection of her distinctive illustrative paintings for the upstairs space, very often depicting scenes in and around Kirkcudbright.
As always, no exhibition would be complete without a rich array of 3d work and craft. We have new collections of ceramics by Karen Risby, Chris Taylor, Steph Jamieson & Jo Walker, Ceramic Sculpture by Karen James & Urpu Sellar, Driftwood sculpture by Seth Draper, Textiles by Jo Gallant & Heather Potten, Jewellery by Eileen MacAlister, Melissa James & Kate Rhodes and Clocks by Jill Stewart. There is also an ongoing mix of fine art & craft over two levels, with something to suit all tastes and budgets.