Art ex­hi­bi­tion is a shore hit

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

TWO Ar­gyll artists are to have a joint ex­hi­bi­tion in Glas­gow’s Leiper Gallery next month.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, which runs from July 14-31, will be the third time Fiona Macrae and Caro­line Hunter have worked to­gether.

Caro­line stud­ied His­tory of Art at Aberdeen Univer­sity and is well known both for her large som­bre seascapes and tiny jewel-like land­scapes as well as her still-life paint­ings.

Caro­line said: ‘Our work sits in­cred­i­bly well to­gether. Although our sub­ject mat­ter and sense of colour are some­times sim­i­lar, our han­dling of the paint it­self is very dif­fer­ent. I stud­ied His­tory of Art but am not a trained painter, and so am quite in­stinc­tive in my ap­proach.

' Fiona trained at Glas­gow School of Art and her pieces are per­haps more con­sid­ered and have a beau­ti­ful sim- plic­ity which is un­der­pinned by her thor­ough un­der­stand­ing of her craft, par­tic­u­larly the in­ter­play of colour and form.

' What re­ally unites our work though, I think, is a sense of play­ful­ness which runs through most of our paint­ings.’

Fiona said: ‘I aim to cre­ate across the sur­face of the pa­per a di­a­logue us­ing flat planes of colour, space, lay­er­ing, ex­pos­ing, mark mak­ing and scratch­ing into. The pot­tery pots, kitchen uten­sils tex­tiles and fish are ve­hi­cles on which to hang yet more colours.

'I am in­clud­ing work made with beach-found ob­jects, which have been col­lected over a life­time of scour­ing He­bridean shores.’

Caro­line added: ‘Our show at Leiper Fine Art is go­ing to be very lovely. An At­lantic breeze blow­ing into cen­tral Glas­gow.’

One of the renowned art­works by Fiona Macrae.

Lit­tle Blue Flow­ers by Caro­line Hunter.

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