We celebrate 25 years since we opened Tolquhon Gallery. Many artists have exhibited with us over the last quarter of a century from graduates just emerging from art school to established masters. We are thrilled that so many have continued to show with us since the beginning and the children of some of these artists now show at Tolquhon. We have had wonderful support from our clients, customers, friends and we hope you enjoy this exhibition of new work by Anne Anderson, Chris Bushe RSW, Catriona Campbell, Jane Charles, Malcolm Cheape, Tim Cockburn, Kirstie Cohen, Helen Denerley, Winifred Fergus, Moira Ferrier RSW, Gillian Goodheir, Claire Harkess RSW, James Harrigan, Wendy Houston, Aliisa Hyslop, Scott Irvine, D.E.Johnston, Peter Layton, Duncan Macleod RSW, Ian Mastin, Drummond Mayo, Catriona Millar, Illona Morrice, Donald Murray, Oathlaw Pottery, Kathryn O’Kell, Jacqueline Orr RSW, James Orr, Barbara Robertson, Ann Ross RSW, Danny Ross, Michael Ross RSW, Patricia Sadler, Tom Shanks RSW RGI PAI, David Smith RSW, Ingebjorg Smith, Karen Smith, Marion Thomson, Fiona Watson, Kitty Watt, Maggie Williams and Marie Louise Wrightson.
We highlight the work of eight contemporary Scottish Colourists in The Colour Tradition: Gordon Bryce RSA RSW, Mairi Clark, Claire Harrigan RSW, James Harrigan, Amaryllis Johnston, Jennifer Mackenzie, Mhairi McGregor RSW and Christine Woodside RSW RGI. The Scottish Colourists of the early twentieth century are world renowned and highly collectable and their love of light and colour continues in Scottish art today. These artists are among the finest in the country; they love to paint and that is evident in their work. Also in the exhibition are a watercolour and screenprints by the late Bob Batchelor, another master of colour.
Days of summer stretch ahead, filled with sunshine we hope, and our annual Summer Exhibition runs throughout July and August. Seascapes, landscapes, still life, figures….there is a vibrant mix of work. Those taking part include David Body, Ruth Brownlee, Jane Charles, Tim Cockburn, Kirstie Cohen, Emma S.Davis RSW, Marion Drummond, Winifred Fergus, Moira Ferrier RSW, Chris Forsey RI, Peter Foyle, D.E.Johnston, Sophie McKay Knight, Duncan Macleod RSW, Ian Mastin, William Neal, James Orr, Barbara Robertson, Danny Ross, Patricia Sadler, Tom Shanks RSW RGI PAI, Ingebjorg Smith, Marion Thomson, Alan Watson, Fiona Watson and Kitty Watt. We always like to introduce new artists in the summer and we shall be exhibiting three exceptional artists for the first time — John Glynn, Zarina Stewart-Clark and Marie Louise Wrightson.
GILLIAN GOODHEIR is one of the best-loved artists at Tolquhon. She was born in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow School of Art, specialising in Drawing and Painting. She graduated in 1967 then took a Post Diploma. She then taught art in Glasgow but in 1975 she and her husband moved to mid-Argyll where she has lived and worked ever since. Her paintings reflect her surroundings, the ever-changing weather and light in the west of Scotland but also the south of France where she spends time, when she can. As well as landscape she excels in Still Life, combining flowers, textiles and decorative objects. Her preferred medium is gouache which she handles in a fluid spontaneous style, capturing light and colour. Her work is in collections throughout the U.K. (including the Permanent Collection of the Palace of Westminster) as well as in the U.S.A., Canada, Hong-Kong, Holland, France and New Zealand. This is Gillian Goodheir's eighth solo show at the gallery and we look forward to it as much as we did her first one.
HAND was born in Motherwell and studied at Glasgow School of Art, where she specialised in illustration, graduating in 1981. Her work has a distinctively recognisable style, defined by an immaculate sense of line and colour, coupled with an unerring eye for making the everyday moments of life beautiful. She first exhibited at Tolquhon in 2010 and her work was an instant success so we were delighted when she agreed to a solo show with us. Madeleine has created many commissions including work for Ivor Cutler, Scottish Ballet, Dunkeld Records and Perth Festival of the Arts. Widely exhibited across Britain, she lives and works in Perthshire. My latest series of watercolour paintings has been inspired by my love of field and landscape and by the way man’s mark has transformed it. I have always loved running down the pathways cut into wheat -fields and watching the sway of the hay. Ice- cream cones , picket fences and caravans also feature in my latest work, reminding me of summer holidays spent with family and friends.
The Press & Journal recently hailed Catriona Millar as one of Scotland’s most loved figurative artists, an accolade the painter confirms with this superb exhibition of her highly distinctive, exquisite works. Since her 2005 Degree Show at Gray’s Art School sold out within hours, Catriona Millar has exhibited across the UK winning the respect and acclaim of collectors, critics and leading galleries. This solo show at the Tolquhon Gallery will be her first in Aberdeenshire.
The snow has gone, the snowdrops and crocuses are blooming, Spring is on the way and we are delighted to present our annual Spring Exhibition. There are Paintings, Artists’ Prints, Sculpture and Studio Crafts from Anne Anderson, John Wetten Brown, Dorothy Bruce, Catriona Campbell, David Cohen, Emma Davis RSW, Moira Ferrier RSW, Chris Forsey, Claire Harkess RSW, James Harrigan, Wendy Houston, Aliisa Hyslop, Stewart Lammie, John Lowrie Morrison, Duncan Macleod RSW, Ian Mastin, Douglas Matheson, Drummond Mayo, Mhairi McGregor RSW, Catriona Millar, Illona Morrice, William Neal, Jacqueline Orr RSW, James Orr, Barbara Robertson, Danny Ross, Michael J.Ross, Patricia Sadler, Kitty Watt and Georgie Young, among others. In association with the renowned Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop, we now have available from the gallery a range of original prints by some of the best contemporary printmakers in the country. These range from modestly priced works to investment pieces. Artists include John Bellany, Joyce Gunn Cairns, Calum Colvin, George Donald, Moyna Flannigan and Adrian Wiszniewski.
This is a hugely varied exhibition by a wide range of well known artists as well as some who are new to the gallery. Among those taking part this year are Anne Anderson, Walter Awlson, John Wetten Brown, Ruth Brownlee, Dorothy Bruce, Tim Cockburn, Kirstie Cohen, Mary Davidson, Emma Davis RSW, Ian Elliot, Moira Ferrier RSW, Chris Forsey, Gillian Goodheir, Claire Harkess RSW, James Harrigan, Wendy Houston, Aliisa Hyslop, Amarayllis Johnston, D.E.Johnston, Stewart Lammie, Jennifer Mackenzie, Duncan Macleod RSW, Charles MacQueen RSW RGI, Ian Mastin, Douglas Matheson, Drummond Mayo, Mhairi McGregor RSW, James Orr, Kate Philp, Barbara Robertson, Danny Ross, Patricia Sadler, Tom Shanks RSW RGI PAI, Joe Smernicki, Ingebjorg Smith, Kitty Watt and Christine Woodside RSW RGI. There are also diverse Crafts including work in Wood by Kathryn O’Kell and Scott Irvine, Glass by Jane Charles and Peter Layton, Ceramics by Oathlaw Pottery and Metal Bowls by Rob Mulholland. Please contact us if you would like further details about artists or work available. We can arrange delivery throughout the country and overseas in time for Christmas.
IAN MASTIN returns to Tolquhon with another outstanding exhibition of masterly Still Life paintings. Although he is now based in Queensland, Australia, we are privileged to continue to have the opportunity to exhibit his work. Remarkably, although he enjoyed sketching, Ian did not pick up a paintbrush until he was in his forties but after a year of experimentation in fundamental techniques, he committed himself to painting full-time and he has continued to paint for twenty years. Plainly influenced by Dutch and Flemish Masters of the 17th Century, his work nevertheless has a timeless quality. An old, much loved and worn book or bowl can bring as much joy for him to paint as a most complex composition. I am fascinated by the relationship between inanimate objects and our origins. For me, a simple relic of some antiquity immediately stirs within, a hunger to connect with its provenance. I wonder at the lives of those who created and used these humble utilitarian items, no doubt lives of hardship, struggle, love, frustration, anguish and joy. Of precious relationships and powerful emotions.
JONATHAN SHEARER studied at Gray’s School of Art and Cyprus College of Art. He has won a number of awards including the John Kinross Scholarship to Florence and the Sir Robin Philipson Memorial Medal, Royal Scottish Academy. He has exhibited widely since graduating in 1993 and his work is held in numerous collections. This is his first exhibition at Tolquhon and his powerful landscapes are sure to enthral. Through a process of walking, drawing and painting directly in the highland landscape and working repeatedly in different places chosen and revisited many times I have developed an intimate connection with the wild places of Scotland. In the landscape I work on small oil paintings on board. Back in the studio I use them to develop larger paintings. Working quickly on several paintings at a time allows the changing light, ebb and flow of the tide and the elusive mood of the landscape to set the pace. My paintings are concerned with trying to convey the sensation of being immersed in the landscape, the wind in your face, the soft bogginess of the moor beneath your feet, the clouds enveloping the mountain. The sheer exhilaration of wild places.