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.
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.
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