A Brush With Colour 2018


The Whitehouse Gallery welcomes the arrival of Spring, and with it some much needed colour in the landscape.  ‘A Brush with Colour’ is a nod to this joyous time of year, in an exhibition featuring an interesting mix of paintings, glass, sculpture, ceramics and much more.

New artists to the gallery for this exhibition are Heather Blanchard, Tommy Fitchet, Nikki Monaghan and Lesley Seegar.

Heather Blanchard has been a professional fine art painter for thirty years, and she has had many successful exhibitions nationwide, including exhibitions at The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle, Morningside Gallery in Edinburgh, Annan Gallery Glasgow and Strathearn Gallery in Crieff to name a few. Working predominantly in oils, Heather is greatly inspired by the Scottish landscape, with The Hebrides and Solway Coast being a constant inspiration. Her love of strong pattern and the dramatic effects of changing light and weather conditions are apparent in Heather’s work.  She aims to capture a moment, an emotion, a snippet of the changeability of the seasons.

Tommy Fitchet’s work is predominantly abstract, and like Heather is very much inspired by the Scottish landscape and the changing light of the seasons. Tommy paints using many mediums, but he has found that his art is most fluid and expressive when working directly onto glass. Working this way, Tommy achieves a depth of tone and colour, a freedom of expression and wielding of light. What Tommy aims to capture in his paintings is the atmosphere of a place, of that feeling you get when the sun appears and shines brightly upon the landscape or the sea, and you get that wonderful feeling that stays with you.  Tommy has exhibited in galleries in Arran, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.

Nikki Monaghan is an artist and designer working from her studio in Falkirk. Nikki studied at the Scottish college of Textiles, and over the years has worked as an interior stylist, designer and artist.  Nikki’s subject matter ranges from narrative landscapes and seascapes to quirky birds and figures. She loves colour, and her paintings evolve by layering up acrylics and oil pastels to create textures within her paintings. Working from memory allows her work to take on a stylized abstract feel. Influences are far ranging, from the Scottish landscape and weather, to how she feels when she wakes up in the morning.

Lesley Seegar enjoys experimenting with colour and mark making freely, producing contemporary paintings full of vitality and beauty. She is best known for her semi-abstract interpretations of flowers and landscapes, she paints from scenes both imagined and observed. Lesley works mostly with acrylic on canvas.

Returning to the gallery, Rona Lee is based in the Borders, and is also inspired by nature in her work, particularly the changing weather, seasons and places she knows and loves. It’s about the passing of time.  Rona mainly works with acrylic paint with a range of mediums.

We welcome back the greatly respected and influential painter Marion Drummond this Spring.  Marion describes herself as a representational artist, whose focus is on light. Her subject matter is always real and studied, resulting in exquisite still life and portraits. These are also the preferred subject matter for Kirkcudbright based artist Margaret S Milligan, who is attracted by the play of light in her acrylic and pastel paintings.

Joyce Gunn Cairns is another regular exhibitor with the gallery. Described as one of Scotland’s most cherished artists, she has nine works in the permanent collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Expressive figurative work is at the core of Joyce’s work, she also loves to draw wildlife and still life. This exhibition features a mix of works by Joyce.

Jackie Henderson returns with some of her acrylic paintings featuring figures, still life and landscapes. Colour is a very important part of Jackie’s work, the layers are built up with alternating acrylic paint and glaze, rubbing back to reveal previous layers of colour, so that what lies beneath is as important as what is on the surface.

Julie Barnes is a contemporary artist and RSA prizewinner who paints figurative pieces and landscapes. Her figurative work is bold in composition and rich in colour, texture and light.Her landscapes are evocative and atmospheric; all have been described as ethereal and beautiful. Julie has recently been chosen from over 1,000 artists to be shortlisted for a prestigious national art prize, the ‘Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2018’, the UK’s leading competition for British contemporary representational painting and drawing.

Lindsay Madden is giving us some of her unique paintings. Her work explores the complexities of childhood. She uses objects long associated with youth, such as wooden rulers, combined with chalk and paint to depict school children onto her surfaces.  The results are mesmerising.

We welcome new work for our upstairs space from Fiona Stansfield and Robert Ryan.

New sculpture will be exhibited by Alison Bell and Lisette Degioanni; glass by Amanda Simmons, Ceramics by Jacqui Atkin and textiles by Jo Gallant.

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