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  • Ian Mastin — Intimations of Life


    We are delighted that renowned Australian artist, Ian Mastin, returns to Tolquhon on Sunday with his first solo exhibition in the UK since 2013. Ian Mastin paints in the classical still life tradition and he has developed an international reputation. 

  • Art classes for all — Aberdeenshire


    “I can't bear thinking about missing out on my Saturday art!!” So read an email we received this morning. 

  • A glimpse behind the painting — Brita Granström


    It is rare to see such a perfect image of an artist’s subject matter alongside the resulting finished painting. See the well used brushes, the enamel jug splattered with paint, the abandoned painting used to test colour, the edge of a laden palette — this is a busy studio.

  • What is pochoir?


    We have some superb new prints in the gallery this spring. They are pochoirs by Mick Manning who is showing with us for the first time. So what is pochoir?

  • Spring Exhibition — some highlights


    We were pleased to welcome a crowd to the gallery on Sunday for the postponed opening of our Spring Exhibition. It coincided with Mothering Sunday so there were a number of “children” visiting with their mothers. One special family was that of artist, Val Thomson, who came with her two sisters and her mother.

  • Snow visitors


    Commentators have been stating that the recent severe weather is unprecedented. Not so. It has just not been so common in recent years. This drawing is from  twenty five years ago, 1993, long before websites or email became commonplace. 

  • Spring Exhibition — or is it winter?


    Officially, according to the meteorological calendar, it’s the first day of spring tomorrow. But it’s not looking much like spring today. Winter has returned with a vengeance. Icy winds are blasting across the fields, building up deep drifts of snow.

  • Gender equality in Scottish art


    The work of a woman artist is ‘like a man’s, only weaker and poorer’. So said Sir William Fettes Douglas, President of the Royal Scottish Academy, in 1885. This comment seems ludicrous today but it was very likely received wisdom at the time. 

  • Snowscape paintings


    Snow seems to be the main topic of this week’s news. It brings misery to many but joy to others. 

  • Winter opening 2018


    We are open again after the festive period. It felt very festive this year as we had snow and ice for days, a real ‘winter wonderland’.