Beth Robertson Fiddes
Saturday 23 March – Saturday 27 April 2019
Western Coastlines - Breathtaking paintings of some of the most beautiful and
remote parts of Scotland’s Western Highland and Island shores. A solo
exhibition by one of our country’s most innovative landscape painters.
Beth captures Scotland’s western islands, coasts and mountains in a dynamic
and moving treatment of paint, texture and technique. Translucent waters ·
tides and streams · the light source on a distant hill · the richness of the rock
surfaces and the vibrant sheen if sand as the tide ebbs. All are captured in
layers of paint and collage in a painstaking journey – from drawing from life in
these distant locations, often hiking for miles with a tent on her back, through
to the finished painting – giving the viewer an instant emotion and vision of a
distant place, almost other-worldly. The contemporary treatment of the raw
and mystical beauty of these places has earned Beth many followers of her
This major new collection sees Beth exploring the seascapes and landscapes
of Scotland’s Western Island, looking chiefly at coastlines and shores. Born in
the neighbouring isle of Tiree, Beth is revisiting echoes of her past and her
early childhood paintings of the sea on trips with her father.
Beth graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1995 with BA (hons,) won
The RSA Benno Schotz award in 1997 and won second place in the 2011
Jolomo Bank of Scotland competition – the largest Art prize in Scotland.
Her return to her Highland roots has deepened her continuing artistic
exploration of land and sea. A move in early 2013 to Inverbroom, in Wester
Ross, took her back to where she feels she really belongs. She now has more
time to spend in the surroundings that have inspired so much of her work.
Beth said “Returning to favourite childhood haunts and seeing them afresh
has given my painting a new dimension allowing memories to combine with
new sights and experiences.”
Indeed, her work – in mixed media – vividly evokes the fleeting moment of a
surging tide crashing onto headland or hissing through rock pools, the sharp
intensity of a shaft of brilliant sunshine through a swirling cloud of mist, rain or
spindrift, at the same time raising the possibility of a primeval landscape.
As a native of the most westerly island in the Inner Hebrides, Beth has a deep
understanding of how rapidly changing and often extreme weather patterns
are an integral part of the rugged beauty of the north-west Highlands.
Her work has always been based on observation and drawing outdoors is
fundamental to her working methods. She says “I find more and more now
that I want to retain the spontaneity of the initial impressions and sketches in
the final pieces.”
There has been a steady growing recognition for an artist with a unique eye
and the ability to transfer onto canvas – on a grand scale when necessary –
the colours, textures and moods of the dramatic landscape around her.
“My work has sometimes been described as having an otherworldly quality to
it and, in a sense, this is partly my objective.”
This award winning artist has gone from strength to strength since her first
solo exhibition here at Doubtfire Gallery in 2012.
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