De­signer pens plans for art shows in Kin­tyre

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

KIN­TYRE is a hot bed of cre­atives in mu­sic and lit­er­a­ture but un­til re­cently art seems to have taken a back-seat.

Young graphic de­signer Paul Russell aims to put paint­ing back on the map and re­store the area’s rep­u­ta­tion for in­spir­ing art.

In the 19th cen­tury, Archibald MacK­in­non’s crux­i­fi­ca­tion cave paint­ing, at Davaar Is­land and Wil­liam McTaggart’s coastal scenes es­tab­lished Kin­tyre’s promi­nence as a place to in­spire artists.

Last week from Au­gust 16 to 20, co­in­cid­ing with MOK Fest Mr Russell, 24, held an art ex­hi­bi­tion across two An owl wa­ter­colour by Paul Russell. Paul Russell holds his work Acrylic Study No 1.

the pods in Ja­son McCal­lum’s Keep it Lo­cal space in the for­mer Krisp Print build­ing.

Mr Russell stud­ied de­sign and new me­dia at Car­don­ald Col­lege and runs 3B De­sign Stu­dio sup­ported by In­spirAlba.

He is a skilled artist but says that, due to dys­lexia, al­though he could draw well it was hard to ob­tain ul­ti­mate suc­cess at school art due to strug­gling in writ­ten as­sign­ments.

Mr Russell staged the show with car­i­ca­tur­ist Matthew Hales and added: ‘There used to be a vi­brant art scene in Camp­bel­town with shows in the town hall and work by artists such as Ross­lyn Oman.

‘We are hop­ing to kick that back into ac­tion and per­haps have up to five shows a year.

‘There are many artists in Camp­bel­town ei­ther am­a­teur or semi-pro­fes­sional but not much ex­po­sure and peo­ple don’t seem to re­alise the wealth of tal­ent.’ A se­lec­tion of Mr Hales’ work at the show.

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