Resipole Studio presents an exhibition of new works by Shetland born landscape artist Anna King. Graduating with a BA in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, in 2005, she won the Ian Eadie Award for her graduate exhibition. The artist went on to take part in two residencies over subsequent winters at Joan Eardley’s clifftop studio the Watchie in Catterline, and in 2007 was awarded the Jolomo landscape award. Anna now lives and works in the village of Greenlaw, near Kelso, in the Scottish Borders.
Anna’s work explores the margins of landscape, edges, deserted places and buildings. Working with oil paints on paper pasted onto board, she draws into the wet paint with pencil. This technique results in a de-constructed, sketch-like finished work; the smooth surface, fragility and fluidity of the mark making on paper echoing the temporary and peripheral nature of the places she paints. In the artist’s own words:
I’ve always been interested in the margins of landscape – the outskirts and fringes of things. Recently I’ve been painting some forestry clear-fell sites near where I live. Although we often think of any trees as being “natural”, when it comes to forestry plantations, there is no doubt that this land has been as industrialised as any quarry or built environment.
When a plantation is felled, strips of native hardwood trees are left out in the open surrounded by a scene of total devastation, or on the edge of a clearing with pale trunks and limbs set against a dark and impenetrable wall of spruce. I love these spindly and resilient trees, forced into unusual shapes by their fight for light and room to grow.
This clash between industry and nature, and the power of landscape to dislocate, overwhelm and inspire us with its indefinable scale and endless cycle of decay and regeneration are themes that have always run through my painting.
I work in oil paints on paper pasted onto board, drawing into the wet paint with pencil. I love the freedom that this surface gives me to combine washes and slicks of oil with fluid pencil marks.