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LIZKNOX:NEW­WORKS

East­wood Park Gallery Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock 0141 577 4970 Un­til March 31 Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm, Sun 11am-4pm Purely by chance, on the same day Liz Knox de­cided to give up her ca­reer as a lec­turer, she found out she had won the in­au­gu­ral Ken­nox Prize – a ma­jor prize for Scot­tish artists, now re­named the As­pect Prize. The Lon­don show that fol­lowed, con­sol­i­dated her rep­u­ta­tion as one of Scot­land’s most col­lectable artists. That was five years ago and Knox is busier than ever, paint­ing her del­i­cate yet of­ten pow­er­ful oils on linen. In this show, there are ab­stract land­scapes as well as the still life/fig­ure/build­ings mix paint­ings for which she is known.

VAR­I­OUS ARTISTS

Fea­tur­ing Sandy McEwan, James Adams, Pamela Tait, Er­lend Tait Inch­more Gallery Inch­more, In­ver­ness 01463 831573 Un­til May 4 Daily 10am-5pm, closed Tues­day The Inch­more has come up with an­other box of tricks for its latest ex­hi­bi­tion – work from four up-and­com­ing High­land artists. Hus­band and wife Er­lend and Pamela Tait are ex­hibit­ing jointly for the first time with their highly in­di­vid­ual popart take on life. There is a joie de vivre in a Pamela Tait work which lifts your mood the minute you clap eyes on it, while her for­mer mu­si­cian hus­band’s work is darker, yet in­fused with highly dec­o­ra­tive shape and form. Like Er­lend Tait, co-ex­hibitor James Adams’s ca­reer has drifted be­tween mu­sic and art. Work­ing in a naive style, he at­tempts to break down the re­la­tion­ship be­tween sub­ject and viewer by ex­press­ing the feel­ing of child­hood joy and aban­don­ment, of­ten through un­usual perspectives. Also on show are a col­lec­tion of highly orig­i­nal mono­prints and cop­per etch­ings by Sandy McEwan.

BENNICHOLSON

Dean Gallery 73 Belford Road, Ed­in­burgh 0131 624 6200 Un­til May 5 Daily 10am-5pm Prov­ing it’s not what you know, it’s who you know, the Scot­tish Na­tional Gallery of Mod­ern Art has had the good for­tune of an as­ton­ish­ing be­quest from the for­mer wife of Ben Ni­chol­son, known as the fa­ther of Bri­tish ab­stract paint­ing. Felic­i­tas Vogler, a Ger­man pho­tog­ra­pher, was mar­ried to Ni­chol­son for 20 years, and when she died in 2006 she had some 70 works by her ex-hus­band. Vogler was a cel­e­brated artist in her own right and held a ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion at the Gallery of Mod­ern Art in 2006. She left them a su­perb col­lec­tion of Ni­chol­son’s work and th­ese now join the 18 pieces al­ready be­long­ing to the gallery to form an out­stand­ing col­lec­tion.

Pamela Tait’s Let’s Go, above, is at the Inch­more Gallery, while new work from Liz Knox, right, is at the East­wood Park Gallery

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