Joe Fan's work, which embraces landscape, still life and suggested narrative, defies categorisation, although we can perhaps be unsurprised he works in Aberdeen, from where an elusive strain apparent in James Cowie, Alexander Fraser and Joyce Cairns could be called Aberdonian Magic Realism. But a closer reading reveals how Fan has harnessed many other influences, including Medieval tapestry, traditional Chinese painting, and the Northern European Renaissance. His exhibition title Counting Leaves speaks to the idea of an impossible quest and perhaps one that the artist has undertaken: he is guide and mentor as he invites us to join him in a magical storybook, each painting a new chapter.
This is Fan’s first show with The Scottish Gallery and we are thrilled to work with such an original talent.
Joe Fan will be in The Gallery to discuss his work on Saturday 11 May. If you are interested in attending this event please register on eventbrite, or contact The Gallery.
Painting the Cloud View details
Painting the Cloud2014oil on canvasH:22.5cm W:30.5cm£1,450Man on the Bridge View details
Man on the Bridge2014oil on canvasH:22.5cm W:30.5cm£1,150Celebration at Dawn View details
Celebration at Dawn2014-18oil on canvasH:137cm W:45.5cmSold23 Miles to the Sea View details
23 Miles to the Sea2014oil on canvasH:116.5cm W:89cm£6,850Winter Harvest View details
Winter Harvest2014oil on canvasH:71cm W:91.5cm£5,250Prayer Booth View details
Prayer Booth2010oil on canvasH:30.5cm W:30.5cm£1,100Looking for BoBo View details
Looking for BoBo2010oil on canvasH:38cm W:38cm£1,100The Telling of Time View details
The Telling of Time2018oil on canvasH:152.5cm W:122cm£9,500Interior with Five Level Playing Fields View details