Two very different artists are featured in the new Exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh. They are Catherine Davison RSW with her theme ‘Homeland’ featuring bold landscapes, and Brent Millar whose work demonstratesÂ hisÂ Â journey fromÂ childhood to where he is now – a professional artist of many years standing
I had an opportunity to talk with both artists at the launch. Catherine has been in Edinburgh for the last eight years. She trained firstly at the John Moore College in Liverpool followed by Buckinghamshire Chilterns College of Art. She was the winner of the Lynn-Painter-Stainers prize in 2014. Catherine has a very strong style of painting which produces dramatic and sometimes dark pictures of Â Edinburgh’s dramatic views. Â ‘Observations’ (the view from Blackford Hill, pictured above) is one of her own favourites; painted in the medium of oil on board and in keeping with her overall title ‘Homeland’.
Brent Millar studied at Edinburgh College of Art under the late Sir Robin Philpson, as well as Elizabeth Blackadder and David Meikie; Denis Peploe was his still life tutor. Â Brent’s artistic inspirations go back to his days as a child. He is very keen to emphasise these early experiences in his personal favourite in this Exhibition: ‘Best in Show’. Â Produced in oil on canvas, itÂ depicts a row of brightly coloured small birds in cages.Â It began, he says, with a memory of a canary which sang and represents singing in the painting. The goldfinch represents the soul. Â Movingly he has dedicated this bird to the memory of a very dear friend, Elaine, who died recently.
Brent quotes writer Ben Okri’s words: ‘Creativity is a form of prayer and the expression of profound gratitude for being alive!’ Â A very powerful message.
The current Exhibition runs until Wednesday 3rd June andÂ I heartily recommend a visit.
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