fiona macrae | just is
Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery is delighted to present a brand new body of work by rural Argyll based artist Fiona MacRae, whose distinctively colourful and contemporary style radiates from her canvases.
Fiona grew up in Argyll and studied painting at Glasgow School of Art and Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, before pursuing a full time career as an artist. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in group shows and has had solo shows at many prestigious galleries, including The Open Eye, An Tobar and Kronen Galeri, Zurich. This exhibition marks Fiona’s first solo show at Resipole Studios.
Featuring an eclectic array of curios, Fiona’s still life paintings are heavily influenced by flat winter island landscapes, both in colour and composition; the wonderful greys of the sea, sky, wet sand and the raw brown bare earth, with the occasional splash of lichen green. The objects depicted are from her domestic surroundings, most of which have been found over years of searching junk shops and the internet, akin to beach combing.
In complete contrast to the artist’s still life paintings, Fiona’s block colour works were created as a cathartic ‘gut reaction to lockdown’. The grids of calm, controlled and ordered box colours with straight(ish) lines were, in the artist’s own words, ‘a way of subconsciously being in control’. With the sense of unknown that came with the start of the pandemic, Fiona found herself utterly absorbed in the process of colour mixing, becoming ‘mesmerised by its infinite possibilities.’ Lockdown became a time of no demands and, because of this, it was a transitional time to ‘just do’.
The colours that transpired were influenced by the artist’s garden, the woods and memory, but often colours emerged ‘just because’. As a result, no two colours are the same in any of the paintings. Colour is the central theme that runs throughout all of Fiona’s work, and the time spent focussed on the grid paintings has greatly influenced the new body of still life works.