July 7-Au­gust 26, 2017 Pri­vate view: Fri­day July 7, 6-8pm

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

Re­sipole Stu­dios and Fine Art Gallery is launch­ing its an­nual sum­mer show on Fri­day July 7, which presents work by four con­tem­po­rary artists, Jonathan Shearer, John Slavin, Ben Averis and Liz Green.

Lochaber, by multi-award win­ning artist, Jonathon Shearer, is a se­ries of land­scape paint­ings on show in the main gallery. This is Shearer’s first solo ex­hi­bi­tion at Re­sipole, which show­cases a col­lec­tion of paint­ings pro­duced in and in­spired by the lo­cal Lochaber area. Us­ing a mix­ture of ab­strac­tion and rep­re­sen­ta­tion, Shearer paints pri­mar­ily en plein air, im­mers­ing him­self in the re­mote out­doors.

He says: ‘For me it is not a back­drop, or some­where to take a quick snap and move on, it is a jour­ney into a wilder­ness that is as much about mind­scape as land­scape.’ Since gain­ing a de­gree in paint­ing and draw­ing at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Jonathon Shearer has ex­hib­ited ex­ten­sively across Europe. His work is fea­tured in a num­ber of large col­lec­tions, in­clud­ing the Royal Scot­tish Acad­emy and Bri­tish Mid­land Air­ways. Mean­while, The Skye

Suites, a solo ex­hi­bi­tion by land­scape pain­ter, John Slavin is on dis­play in the Red Gallery. Sim­i­lar to Shearer, Slavin pro­duces much of his work sub­mersed in the out­doors. He is heav­ily in­flu­enced by the early 20th-cen­tury Cana­dian move­ment, the Group of Seven, both in their style and their shared be­lief in paint­ing out­doors

He said: ‘It’s so, so im­por­tant that you ab­sorb what’s around you. You’ve got to be in the place and it has to be on foot.’

The Skye Suites is a se­ries of work from 12 years of draw­ing and paint­ing en plein-air on the Isle of Skye.

Slavin stud­ied at Ed­in­burgh School of Art un­der the cel­e­brated painters Sir Robin Philip­son and Dame El­iz­a­beth Black­ad­der, and reg­u­larly ex­hibits in the UK and France.

Lastly, Oak Woods is a joint ex­hi­bi­tion of work by Ben Averis and Liz Green, show­ing in the White Gallery.

Oak Woods car­ries on the theme of the great out­doors and presents a se­ries of draw­ings and paint­ings that de­pict the an­cient Scot­tish wood­land.

Both Averis and Green work pro­fes­sion­ally as botanists, which is an in­trin­sic part of their artis­tic prac­tice. Averis grad- uated from Bath Acad­emy of Art and has con­tin­ued prac­tic­ing as an artist, along­side his ca­reer in botany.

Oak Woods presents a se­ries of draw­ings de­pict­ing the mossy woods of Morvern, pro­duced dur­ing his re­cent res­i­dency with the Scot­tish Wildlife Trust in the Ra­hoy Hills.

Liz Green show­cases a col­lec­tion of her stylised, ab­stract paint­ings that con­tinue to ex­plore the lo­cal oak forests and their ecosys­tems.

Green says: ‘My wood­land paint­ings aim to dis­till the es­sen­tial com­po­nents of pat­tern, colour, tex­ture and mood that are dis­tinc­tive of dif­fer­ing wood­land types and par­tic­u­lar places in the High­lands.’

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