Galleries - August 2018

Cyril Gerber Fine Art 19 th -21 st Century British Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture 178 West Regent Street Glasgow G2 4RL 0141 221 3095 Joan Eardley Catterline Landscape of gallery artists, are solo shows of North Uist-based artist Ellis O'Connor's thunderous, elemental and almost monochromatic sea- land-sky-scapes and the comparatively more serene shore and mountain-scapes of Cumbria- based, but Scotland-obsessed, Helen Fryer. ( NU) AUGUST 2018 GALLERIES 9 above B odil Manz ‘April Weather’ The Scottish Gallery some extremely attractive art including work by phenomenally successful painter George Birrell. This month sees a new group of Birrell’s intensely colourful semi- naive paintings based on his lifelong passion for the fishing towns and villages of Scotland's east coast, his new wider (rather than square) format allowing for even more vivid narrative detail. The Scottish islands have always been an irresistible magnet to artists. On Skye and Lewis for example artists are working and showing in remote districts even though the areas may only be visitable in the summer months. D iana Mackie has worked for some years in a Skye studio that looks out over the wild seas of the Minch to the Outer Hebrides, her powerfully expressive paintings primarily concerned with capturing the 'Skye light', and particularly moonlight, where the colour spectrum is broken up by effects of sea spray and land mists. Greenall O’Dell Studio on the Isle of Lewis takes a rather different artistic approach to island living, the work of husband and wife partnership David Greenall and Ruth O’Dell coming across as a record of 27 years of creative life in the small hamlet of South Dell. Liverpool-born and working first in the fishing industries, Greenall came to painting in his late 20s though you'd never guess it from the bold, assured handling of his sea-sky-land studies. Meanwhile, with her pastel and tempera studies, Ruth O’Dell's work of birds, lambing, peat cutting and so forth takes on almost the sense of a diary, intimate and poetic. Back on the mainland is Resipole Studios at Acharacle in Argyll, an unusual, new-ish project which, handsomely houses four purpose built artists' studios with a substantial fine art gallery. Currently showing alongside their rich and varied summer exhibition Contributors: Bill Hare & Nicholas Usherwood