As part of the Glasgow West End Festival 2014 Life’s Little Ironies in partnership with Richard Cullen is staging an Exhibiton of Galloway Artisans.

Where: Mackintosh Queen’s Cross 870 Garscube Road, Glasgow G20 7EL
When: Sunday 8th –Sunday 22nd June | Weekends 1.00pm – 5.00pm | Weekdays 10.00am – 4.00pm

Featured artists:

Penny Elder  |  Elegant Originals  | Tim Gray  |  Lisa Hooper  |  Lou McGill  |  Kevan McGinty  |  Lynn Morley  |  Liz Perry  |    Jenny Smith McOnie  |   Peter Wareing  |  Fran Raw  |  Beth Currie

Inspired by the film by Wim Wenders in 1987 and the follow-up Faraway, So Close in 1993 after the fall of the Wall in Berlin. The film is about invisible, immortal angels who listen to the thoughts of people in Berlin and provide comfort for those in distress. One of the angels becomes human to experience the sensory peasures that he never could as an angel.

The angels in this series started out as photographs from the Glasgow Necropilis taken by Lou. She has added multiple layers to create a rich and sumptious feel and to bring life to the old grey stone and create a feeling of benevolance and warmth.

This series is inspired by film noir which is identified with a visual style that emphasises low-key lighting and unbalanced compositions. Regular motif’s included the femme fatale, reflections, shadows, sillouettes and strong diaganols.

These photographs have been reworked to capture these and pay homage to some of the artist’s favourite movies.

Kevan is widely traveled in his search for inspirational subject matter, having hiked and sketched in the Scottish Western Highlands from the Trossachs in the south to Ardnamurchan in the west and as far north as Inverpolly Forest. He has also toured the French and Swiss Alps and the Italian Dolomites, has walked extensively in Cumbria’s Lake District and Eden Valley, and has explored the lakelands of County Kerry and Connemara in Ireland.

Kevan helped to set up the Scottish Showcase gallery in the artists’ town of Kirkcudbright, and worked there for 3 years as manager and self-employed picture framer.

He has undertaken a year’s artist residency at a grammar school in Loughborough, acting as working example and advisor to art students.

He has received awards for his painting and was twice chosen to exhibit in a national show of graduate artists’ works in London.

A lifelong creative person, Liz moved toThe Machars in 2005, to be closer to the sea. In recent years her interest in creating colourful and textured knitted textiles, has crossed over into painting and printmaking.

She paints mainly in acrylics and finds her work evolving away from the representational, to a more imaginative approach, from her broader experience of the landscape in Scotland. The rich experience of travels in Europe, Australia and Chile are also reflected in her artwork.

Overlooking Luce Bay, her garden has ever-changing views of sky and sea. A constant inspiration and energising influence on her work. Liz has undertaken a number of commissions and exhibited at Stranraer Library, the Whithorn Trust October exhibition 2013 and exhibits as a member of Creative Whithorn Arts and Crafts Trail, during the July Trail.

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