Friday, June 27, 2014

The Last Weekend

Our Summer Exhibition featuring guest artist Nael Hanna ends this Sunday.


It has been a fabulous mix of work with many different artists exhibiting including David M Martin, Sandy Murphy, George Birrell, James Orr and Margaretann Bennett.

It has been a pleasure to feature paintings by Nael Hanna who I have admired for a long time.  His beautiful expressive paintings have been received with great enthusiasm. 

Thick with texture and movement, Nael's work mostly portrays his love for the Scottish landscapes in its wilder moments, particularly the unpredictability of the sea and coastline.

Thank you to all the artists who have made our summer exhibition a successful and busy one.

And of course to Nael Hanna for being our hugely popular featured artist.


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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ashley Cook

At Smithy Gallery we love the expression of art in all media.  Ashley Cook is one of Scotland's best known screen print artist.  She also works in the more recent digital medium.  She is currently exhibiting works in our Summer exhibition.

The Lotus Eater
She  graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a First Class BA Hons in 1986 and Postgraduate Printmaking in 1987.  She has since continued to practice as a professional artist, winning awards, exhibiting internationally and undertaking several international residencies.
The Bridal Chamber

Ashley works with a mixture of found images and her own autographic and photographic images; she utilises an eclectic library of personal and archetypal iconography which she reuses, redevelops and manipulates continuously.

Reach for the Moon

She creates works that are narrative, focusing on the human form, with the titles having a central position.  She creates photomontage illusionist environments from many different sources.  

Learning Life From Granny's Plates

She uses an intense palette of colour opposites that create a dreamlike and sometimes nocturnal quality to her work.

Life's Riches Traded For Fool's Gold

She has work in a number of prestigious collections nationally and internationally including: the Scottish Arts Council; The BBC, Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow; The Vaasa Museum, Finland and Galeria Otra Vez, Los Angeles.

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Friday, June 06, 2014

Ode To Summer

Our current Summer Exhibition is singing with colour! 

Alongside guest artist Nael Hanna, we have a collection of works by some of our best known Scottish artists.

George Birrell . . . . .

Marion Thomson . . . .

Ian Elliot . . . .

Ashley Cook . . . .

Barbara Franc . . . .

The work is stunningly beautiful, an ode to summertime. 
Also showing are Margaretann Bennet RSW, David Martin RSW RGI, Sandy Murphy RSW RGI PAI, Joyce Gunn Cairns, Cate Inglis, Emma Waine, Kevin Low, Anne Mendelow, James Orr and Henry Fraser.
The exhibition continues until 29 June.
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