Galleries - August 2010

10. GALLERIES AUGUST 10 Up at the Kilmorack Gallery, Beauly, owner Tony Davidson offers a huge, new one-man show by Allan MacDonald, a painter of intensely expressive and evoca- tive Highland landscapes, who has been with him since the gallery opened. If you now feel an urge to get back once more to the city lights, a visit to that Glasgow ‘institution’, Cyril Gerber Fine Art , is strongly recommended, for his comprehensive first showing of the celebrated English veteran painter, Anthony Fry. At the heart of human culture there have always been the competing attractions between the god-given garden and the man-made city. The Scottish Enlightenment cre- ated its ideal metropolis with Edinburgh – The Athens of the one sculptor, Irvine Scott, whose rich and diverse work celebrates this classic landscape with splen- did originality. The next three galleries to try to visit are all well into the Highlands proper, the first two, Butterworth and the Lost Gallery in intensely rural Aber- deenshire, the Kilmorack up into Inverness. The Butterworth (at Potarch on the Dee), features changing displays of the paintings and prints of Howard Butterworth – mostly of his beloved Deeside landscape – while his daughter Mary Louise is better known for her mysterious night-scenes set in Aberdeen. Slightly further due north is the Lost Gallery, well- named indeed, set as it is in the remote Upper Don Valley. Here artist Peter Goodfellow has been running a space for some years now, as well-known for its focus on sculpture (outdoor and indoor) as painting and always presenting a fine mixed show of gallery artists. While Edinburgh may have att- racted the lion’s share of the artistic blockbuster events of the summer season, Scotland’s often far-flung commercial galleries have, as ever, been putting for- ward a very attractive range of work for their summer visitors. Down in the surprisingly remote feeling far south-west, for exam- ple, the High Street Gallery, in Kircudbright, that old resort of the Glasgow Boys (currently wowing the crowds in Glasgow), is show- ing not only ceramic work by the women of that group (the Glas- gow Girls) but some excellent ‘names’ on the current scene – Jolomo and Davy Brown among them. Moving northwards, as far as Perthshire, the Strathearn Gallery in Crieff has a show devoted to the other side of Scotland, the West Coast and Hebrides, and the work of three painters, Chris Bushe, Helen Glassford and Simon Rivett, plus John Ramsay takes the high road compass gallery CONNECTIONS The Hospitalfield Alumni Exhibition 12-31 August 2010 Alongside themembers of the alumni, the exhibitionwill featureworks by notable 20th Century ScottishMasters including Joan Eardley, Robert Colquhoun, Robert MacBryde, Robert Henderson-Blyth, J. McLauchlan Milne, Bet Low, Cordelia Oliver, James Robertson, James Cowie & Ian Fleming. Compass Gallery, 178 West Regent Street, Glasgow, G2 4RL T: 0141 221 6370 Open Mon-Sat 10.00-5.30 Paintings & drawings by Jack Knox Will Maclean Alexander Fraser Joyce Cairns George Donald Ian & Mae McKenzie-Smith Alan Robb Allan Beveridge Susan Smith Ian McCulloch Dawson Murray John Inglis Patricia Cain John Byrne Douglas Thompson Emma Waine Cynthia Wall Christopher Allan and many others. Ian Fleming, ‘Hospitalfield House’ ART IN SCOTLAND Bill Hare explores the art heart of Edinburgh