Author: Christine Richard OBE FRSA

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Saturday, July 1st, 2017 at 1:48 pm
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Sky High, Mountain Deep

Artists,  Susie Leiper and Sheila McInnes, take us outdoors, soaring to mountain and sky, skimming the waters. sliding the slopes. 

For Susie Leiper, the mountain is an inexhaustible source of material, both visual and verbal. Looking both at, and into, the mountain, she paints and writes on everything from vast walls and canvases to small pieces of wood and artist books. (Pictured left: ‘Now acquamarine, now Verdigris’)

Her painting is sometimes layered with calligraphic renderings of poetry in the Chinese vein. Susie lives and works in Edinburgh as a painter and calligrapher. Heer work is widely exhibited and she has won several awards and her work is in many renowned collections, including the National Library of Scotland, the British Museum and The Royal Collection.

By contrast,  Sheila McInnes also takes us out of doors and into the skies. Her exhibition is titled ‘For Those Who Fly’. She writes: ‘What does it feel like to fly? Why does the sound of The Oystercatchers (header picture) make the sky seem bigger? How do foxes vanish? Why do butterflies touch our hearts and make us miss the ones we have lost? They fly through our senses and vanish. They leave a space and echoes a memory of something gained and lost.’ (Pictured left is, ‘Everyday Angels’.)

Both artists are currently exhibiting at The Open Eye Gallery. Sheila, until 22nd July, and Susie, until 24th July.

34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE.

Telephone (0)131 557 1020.  Website

The gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.


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