An Open Eye Trio

A vivid trio of artists are currently exhibiting at the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh: Rosalind Lawless, with Transitions, James McNaught’s Looking for Fernando Rey, and New Prints by Andrew Restall.

Rosalind Lawless explains she is ‘continuing investigation into the notion of space and Architecture not as a container but as the contained’. Her complex technique involves building layers of colours, beginning with print-making, re-working with paint, pastel and collage. The inspiration for this current collection emerged from a set of sketches created during a Residency in Reims, France. She says ‘Even in the internal space of the studio (in Clydebank) I believe everything you work with is related to the room in which you are.’

Rosalind is the recipient of multiple awards since completing her MA in printmaking in 2004 and was elected RGI in 2013. She has also benfitted from a Royal Scottish Academy scholarship – the John Kinross Award –which took the form of a 3 month scholarship to Florence in 2002. (Her ‘Room Drawing’ is pictured in the header)

The next exhibitor, James McNaught, is ‘Looking for Fernando Rey’ Does he find him? Can we find him? You decide. James, an alumnus of FERNANDO REYGlasgow School of Art (elected RSW, RGI in 2007) describes his paintings here as ‘ominous and not to be explained with one particular narrative’. They can, he says ‘be likened to an architectural fantasy’. The buildings, evocative titles and street scenes with mysteriously shown tiny figures are produced using tiny brushes with great delicacy!

In 2010 James was honoured with RSW William Gillies Award, and at the RSA Exhibitions in 2014 the prestigious Walter Scott Award added to the collection.  He has exhibited from Australia, Germany, Holland and Hong Kong, to Saudi Arabia, USA, Costa Rica and Greece. (‘Fernando Rey and the Clergyman is pictured’).

The third in our trio, Andrew Restall, is currently displaying much of his work completed over the last four years. Frequent trips by road to Biggar from his West Linton home have provided inspiration and stimulus. The ever-changing landscape has resulted in a strong impulse to recapture and distil the essence of his memories formed along this route.

RestallA graduate of Edinburgh College of Art in 1994, Andrew later established the new School of Visual Communications there. Andrew previously worked for the Post Office designing stamps and related philatelic material. Between 1964 and 1983 he was involved in the design of sets of stamps for special occasions, notably the Commonwealth Games issue of 1970 and the Sailing Stamp of 1975. In retirement he has concentrated on painting, printmaking and making works of art by observing the changing landscapes in the Scottish Borders where he now lives. (‘Four Seasons: Autumn’ is shown).

Open Eye Gallery, 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QWE, telephone (0)131 557 1020 and email –

Opening Times Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 10 am to 6 pm




About Christine Richard OBE FRSA Christine has over 25 years' experience in public life in Scotland in the fields of politics, education, public relations and charity work. For 12 years she served on the City of Edinburgh District Council and was her Group's leader for 4 years. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1992 she was made an OBE. Christine is a member of the Board of The Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy. She has just completed six years on the Board of The Edinburgh International Festival. Christine's business experience has covered the fields of theatre, economic development, science, coal mining, education and training. She has held a number of non-executive directorships in these disciplines. She is a trained and experienced personal relationships counsellor and a business and personal mentor. In 2005 Christine established Christine Richard Associates who undertake Event Management and Public Relations as well as company and individual profiling. She coordinated the 'Yes to Edinburgh' campaign on congestion charging in Edinburgh. ten years ago Christine co-founded West Lothian Women in Business, which is a network for women who are self-employed and also for women managers. Christine has now stepped down from the Chair of this thriving organisation. For 5 years Christine was a magistrate in the District Court. She was also a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on the appointment of Justices of the Peace. She has been an adviser to Government in various areas of policy, including health, local government and education. Christine is a trained and experienced radio and television broadcaster and writer as well as an entertaining and accomplished speaker. She has a wealth of topics on which she is invited to speak. These range from witty after lunch and after dinner speaking to the more serious topics of the economy, health, education, enterprise, the Powers of the Mind and Life/work balance. She writes reviews and articles for lifestyle magazine, Lothian Life. She took part as a contestant in an ITV gourmet TV show, Chef V Britain, challenging TV chef Gino D'Acampo to cook her signature dish, Posh Cottage Pie. Currently Christine is a member of the Goodison Group in Scotland and Scotland's Futures. Also she is involved in the group Changing the Chemistry of Scottish Boards. Her first novel, Whitewalls, a modern Scottish family saga has been published by New Generation Publishing and is available on all internet books siets and from libraries. She is writing a sequel Autumn at Whitewalls. Her leisure interests include her family, literature, music, theatre, food, wine and horse racing. She is a member of a racing syndicate, which has two horses in training.
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