More Iconic Artists at Scottish Gallery

Paintings by the late Joan Eardley, landscapes by James Morrison and a fascinating talk by Guy Poploe, all provide a fabulous feast for art-lovers at the Scottish Gallery, Dundas Street, Edinburgh.

James Morrison’s current exhibition of works on display  is most appropriate under the title ‘The North Wind’, with dramatic and glorious land and seascapes produced mainly using oil on board. This has the effect of making one feel one is really there -  this sounds whimsical, for which I offer no apology!  Among my own favourites is ‘Strathmore’ (pictured) which combines the elements of ‘boiling clouds’ with blue sea and green grass.

Stylistically very different, the work of Joan Eardley is widely associated with Glasgow, particular depicting children but also, for example, the demolition of old tenements and the changing street scenes. Her chaotic studio seemed to be a place of liveliness and fun with an ever-open door and welcome for children and art buyers alike!

Joan attended Glasgow College of Art and probably was one of its most famous graduates. She was good at caring for others but some people believe her premature death in 1963 at the early age of 42 was in part brought about by her neglect of her own health and well-being.

In a serendipitous twist, Catterline village was where Joan Eardley had a cottage and James Morrison and his wife, Dorothy, all became friends when the Morrisons moved to live there – an interesting link between these artistic greats.

As part of the Festival of Art 2015 the Exhibitions run until 5 September.

The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ,  0131 558 1200 –





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