Author: Christine Richard OBE FRSA

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Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 7:33 pm
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Open Eye – Two Careers

Cate Inglis, BA (Hons) painter and printmaker and distinguished painter, Philip Reeves, RSA PRSW RGI RE are two of the current exhibitors at Edinburgh’s Open Eye Gallery. Christine Richard met both of them at the Private View…

Cate was very excited to enjoying the achievement of her first solo exhibition – although her work has already been exhibited in group shows, for example the SSA in 2014, and she is also the recipient of the Leiper Fine Art Prize at Glasgow Arts Club and the Paisley Hire Art Framing Award. She attended Glasgow School of Art from 1996 – 1999.

I asked Cate to choose an image for inclusion in this review (see the header picture) and her choice was instant, she chose ‘Collapse’ which exemplifies her carefully researched locations which she describes as ‘off the beaten track and highlighting the impact of neglect – whether or not by human beings or the simple fact of neglect. In particular she has spent a good deal of time in Glasgow and every building depicted in this Exhibition is vanishing or has already vanished. Although her choices of colours may be thought to be dark, maybe drab, the opposite is the case as far as her personality is concerned! I believe she will go far in terms of future work and recognition.

Philip Reeves’ work has been described as ‘beautifully balanced’. He has received many accolades including that of ‘one of the most talented artists and printmakers in Scotland.’ I can only concur and admire his great contribution of contemporary art in Scotland.

Reeves 01As well as being able to see his works exhibited, I was able to view a splendid book with examples of his works over a long period of time. The work we have chosen to show readers here is entitled ‘Blue Moon and Tides, mixed media, which I found very evocative and, indeed quickly found a buyer!

The Open Eye Gallery is at 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE. Telephone/Fax 0131 556 9872. The Gallery is on Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. Their email address is

This Exhibition is on until 15 February.


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