jim wright & rose strang | coast
Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery is delighted to present a coastal themed joint exhibition by two highly respected Scottish landscape and seascape artists: Jim Wright and Rose Strang.
Jim Wright lives in the far north of the Scotland and has long been inspired by the effects of light on the sea and land. Drawn to the extremities of the Scottish mainland - from Cape Wrath to Ardnamurchan point – and painting in all weather conditions, his works are, quite literally, informed and formed by the environment. Sometimes, this can lead to the occasional canvas being lost to the sea, blown from the artist’s easel, whilst positioned upon cliff top to capture the crashing of waves. As a keen surfer, Jim is able to convey the unique perspective of someone who is regularly in amongst the waves, having experienced the big swells of the North Atlantic. As a result, you can almost feel the salty sea spray leaping from his canvases. Not solely drawn to the stormy weather, the exhibition will also features paintings of ‘tranquil winter days, when the sun hangs low, warming the sky with soft peach tints, and the ‘simmer dim’ twilight of mid-summer over a calm north facing sea.’
Having recently been chosen by The Folio Society to illustrate a new edition of Nan Shepherd’s The Living Mountain, Edinburgh based artist Rose Strang has turned to Ardnamurchan and the surrounding areas for the inspiration behind her latest body of work. Rose first visited the area in 1992 and was immediately captivated by the light and landscape, and subsequently returned to the area as a source of subject matter on many occasions. During her most recent visit, in May of this year, Rose created small paintings inspired by trips to The Silver Walk and Sanna beach, looking towards Eigg and Rum, which have been worked up into larger scale pieces on canvas and wood back in her Edinburgh studio for this exhibition. In her own words, ‘May is a perfect time in Ardnamurchan: the colours are so luminous. The series is quite loose and expressive in style, which I hope reflects the exuberance of early summer.’