Author: Christine Richard OBE FRSA

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Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 at 12:01 am
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Festive Treats at Open Eye Gallery

One of Edinburgh’s most adventurous and successful art galleries, the Open Eye in Abercromby Place has always attracted top contemporary artists. Works from a selection of the best forms the current ‘On a Grand Scale’  exhibition.

Artists represented include Barbara Rae, CBE (born 1945) John Bellany, CBE (1942 – 2013), Leon Morrocco (born 1942) – one of my personal favourite artists, Steven Campbell (1953 – 2007) and the legendary Alberto Morrocco, OBE (1907 – 1998). Their paintings were selected for their grandeur, scale and impact on the eyes, mind and soul. All of them show vividly the expert use of composition and colour to great effect.

oe1Alongside the ‘Grand Scale’, the annual delight of ‘On a Small Scale’ which is an annual Festive feature at the Gallery includes the postcard-sized (15 x 21 cm) original works of invited artists. They comprise either a small piece related to a larger body of their work, or a ‘one off’, and all offer a unique insight into their style.  The exhibitors range in experience from emerging arts and recent graduates to highly established and well-known artists.

The juxtaposition of Grand Scale and Small Scale works beautifully and exemplifies, to me, the diversity and excitement of the range of work which we always find at the Open Eye Gallery.

oe2The current Exhibition runs until 23rd December 2015 so there is still plenty of time to visit.  Here we are showing a visual taste of what is being displayed.

34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE, Opening Hours – Monday – Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm.

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Editor’s Note: apologies that the in-text photographs are not to scale.



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