Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Collection

The paintings have arrived for the Gordon Wilson solo exhibition opening this Sunday!

When I look around at all of the paintings peaking out from beneath their wrapping, it is then that it becomes apparent just how much the artist has to work to put together a solo exhibition.  It makes me proud if that doesn't sound too foolish.

For months I work in conjunction with an artist, discussing an exhibition and all the details that go into that, but when I see the results of their dedication over those months, to their work and to the upcoming exhibition, I feel a swell of pride.

The paintings sit there very modestly, but the weight of the time, effort and talent that's gone into them begins to fill the room.  I know what this feeling means, it means we have an impressive exhibition on our hands, an event.

We are of course talking about Gordon Wilson, and we have held a solo exhibition of his before and it was an event.  But that was almost two years ago, and I think I feel something even more.  A true artist always has to evolve, he can't stay the same, because as individuals we are hopefully always evolving throughout life.

This is what I can feel from Gordon's work.  It's not even properly unwrapped, and I can feel a certain strength.  Rather than a number of paintings, he has created a collection.

The exhibition previews on Sunday 3 March, 2pm to 5pm.  I can't wait!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Joy of Gordon

All eyes are turning to the fabulous Gordon Wilson as we prepare for his upcoming solo exhibition.

The Beached Navigator

Opening at the beginning of March, this is the highly anticipated second exhibition with this successful Scottish painter, such was the success of his first exhibition almost two years ago.

Utopian Washday

Gordon is busy completing his collection of new paintings, but some of the finished pieces are beginning to arrive at the gallery.

This is always an exciting time for me as so much is in the planning of an exhibition, but when I see the paintings arriving at the gallery, I can stop and remember that this is what it's really all about.

Bee Gone
Beach Boy and The Bird

When All Around Are Losing Theirs

Wee Gee and  The Big Bumble Bee

It's such a pleasure to be surrounded by Gordon's paintings.  Not only are they bold and vibrant, but there is such joy about them.

He is putting his biggest and best collection of works together yet,  including landscape, figurative and narrative paintings.

Sundown Daisies

All the paintings will be appearing on the website soon.


The exhibition opens on 3rd March.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Fleeting Landscapes

I was in a snow blizzard this morning and now from my window I see blue skies and sunshine.  Just one of the many things that I love about Scotland.

David M Martin RSW RGI

Scottish artists can't help be preoccupied with the landscape. The ever-changing moods create such a spectrum of colour and light on a daily basis that alters the familiar landscape in front of them.

Sandy Murphy RSW RGI PAI

This can't help but inspire an artist who is a lover of colour, or of tone or of mood.  The landscape has it all, but if you don't capture it, it will be gone.  You can't even be sure that you weren't the only one who saw it!

Marion Thomson

All of the artists featured here are Smithy Gallery favourites, and none of them are solely landscape painters,  but look what the landscape has inspired them to do.

Victoria Maxwell MacDonald

What I love is how distinctive each painting is.  For me, it is a true artist who can interpret their subject matter whilst giving of themselves at the same time.

Laura Harrison

Of course it doesn't hurt that Scotland is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, but maybe we shouldn't complain about the weather so much!

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Friday, February 01, 2013

Gordon Wilson Goes Solo

We are excitedly turning our attentions to our first solo exhibition of the year.  New paintings by Gordon Wilson will be opening at the beginning of March.

Red, Skye

A Smithy Gallery favourite, this will be Gordon's second solo exhibition with us.

A Belty on The Bow

He has been working solidly to put together his biggest and best collection yet.  I am just getting to see the first images myself as the collection is being completed, but I already know that this will be another success.

Wee Gee and Bee

Gordon Wilson is a well known and very successful Scottish painter whose reputation goes from strength to strength.  A relative youngster in his early forties, his passion for his subject matter and for painting itself has earned him many successful exhibitions and places in art collections all over the country, and no doubt beyond.

Red Sail, East Coast

He is particularly popular in Scotland I think because of the boldness in his work and also the humour that underlies many of his pieces.  He is also not afraid to visit the darker narrative as well.

The Navigator

It's work you can't ignore, and that's what we like!  Watch this space for more beauties to come . . . .

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