Author: Christine Richard OBE FRSA

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Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 7:19 pm
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Carnival, Curiosities, and the Isle of Skye

Exhibitions from artists Paul Charlton, Alice McMurrough and Ruth Nicol currently preside at Edinburgh’s Open Eye Gallery.

Alice McMurrough, PAI RGI, RSW demonstrates her impressive and evocative ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’,  Paul Charlton combines photography, printmaking, sculpture, theatre and his use of furniture-making skills, and Ruth Nicol takes us on apictorial journey whose ‘intention was to capture the raw energy of the prehistoric landscape of Skye and in particular, the An Cuiltheann (the Cuillin Mountains).

loch-ainort-near-luibPart of Ruth’s plan as well as producing works of art was to develop her Gaelic language. Ruth says, ‘I was accompanied by my family, ‘all of us learners but inexperienced in the Gaelic language and this trip provided us with an ideal opportunity to practise our newly obtained language skills.’ This experience has led to a further intention (in 2018) to ‘follow the sound the Gaelic language across the ocean to Nova Scotia and to consider the ebb and flow of migration.’

Paul Charlton, with ‘Carnival’, has combined working with his hands – graduating from Edinburgh College of Art, and Myreside School of Furniture – to produce unique works including 3 dimensional ones. Paul’s solo and group exhibitions have been extensive, and include the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. He has received awards including Edinburgh Printmakers, given by the Scottish Society of Artists in 2013. his work is held in private collections in the United Kingdom, France, Hungary, America, Mexico and Australia, demonstrating the wide appeal of this engaging talent. My favourite of his in the present Exhibition is a 3d ‘Baby Chimp’ (pictured) – so real I wanted to pick it up!

full-scottish-by-alice-mcmurroughAlice’s career led her to teaching full-time Art and Design in Secondary Education – and developing an impressive number of new initiatives which she introduced in secondary schools. As well, her work was included in the CD produced by the Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy, again for use in schools. Alice left teaching in 2008 to focus on painting full-time. This year she has been short-listed for the W Gordon Smith Award, where she was one of 50 successful (from an entry of over 430 Scottish artists who submitted work anonymously for consideration). Her work is featured in the Royal Scottish Academy and private collections across Scotland, England, Italy, S[ain and the USA.

Currently exhibiting at the Open Eye Gallery

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