Archive for April 2010

Westminster No More

High White Light, an exhibition about Scotland’s identity was opened by our First Minister, Alex Salmond MSP and featured works by some of the country’s most collectable contemporary artists including Calum Colvin, John Bellany and John Byrne. As curator and one of the exhibiting artists, it was an opportunity to create the challenging political portrait, ‘Westminster No More’ which depicts the First Minister smiling in front of The Houses of Parliament, his face adorned with ticker-tape references to Iraq, Afghanistan, Trident and Scottish Independence. Despite its controversial nature, I’m delighted to say the painting appealed to The First Minister who bought it for his private collection.

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I have works on show in the following exhibitions.  I hope you can make it.

Aberdeen Artists Society
76th Annual EXhibition

Saturday 1st - Saturday 29th May
Aberdeen Art Gallery 

Our Kids Too
auction of paintings and prints

Sunday 2nd May, 1.45 - 4.00 pm

Bridgeview Gallery
1 North Esplanade West, Aberdeen AB11 5QF

Our Kids Too aim to assist Aberdeen schools and parks provide the necessary equipment for special needs and disabled children.

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The Tortured Soul Creates Art (Part I)

I am lost, I am blessed, I am creative, I’m a mess, I am medicated, I am stoned, I'm obsessed. I am confused, I am sad, I am driven and nearly mad, I am alone, I am guilty, I’m possessed. I am courageous and terrified, I am secretive and I’ve lied, I am success and a failure and God knows how I’ve tried. I am tormented, I am strong, I am weak and I was wrong about so many things. I am rejected, I am knocked, temporarily blocked, I am powerless and under repair. I am questioning, I’m unsure, I am altered and impure, I am doubt and I’m out of control. I am determined, I am fear, I am real, I am here, the artist’s tortured soul.

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