March Staff Picks04 Mar 2019
The Scottish Gallery staff would like to share with you on a monthly basis some of their favourite things that we discover and come across here in The Gallery, but are not always on display. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Lisa Muxworthy chose Victoria Crowe's, Large Winter Tree Group
There are so many pictures in The Gallery that I love, but this etching never fails to make me smile. I imagine a bouncing Labrador just up ahead and am instantly transported to country walks in the winter time.
Elizabeth Campbell chose Emmeline Hasting's, Susurrus Medium Drop Earrings
I love these earrings because they mix such intense technical skill in a beautifully minimal design. I like the edginess of mixing precious metals with a non-traditional material like the black acrylic – this is a technique that Emmeline has been developing for some time, but the Susurrus collection is her latest work. Each dot is an individual precious metal wire that is inlaid into the acrylic – it’s very time consuming work but worth the effort as it creates an amazing and very unique effect!
Christina Jansen chose Robert MacBryde's, Still Life on Pedestal Table
Robert MacBryde was a superb image-maker and master-printmaker. Still Life on a Pedestal Table is a very rare, late example by the artist – The Tate Gallery own an edition from this work. The image itself could echo the shape of Ailsa Craig in Ayrshire where he originally came from and there are classic MacBryde motifs in the image; the harlequin pattern and sliced fruit turned into a bold pattern. Robert MacBryde was a working-class hero and former Glasgow School of Art graduate. Together with his partner Robert Colquhoun they continue to influence generations of artists after them.
Sophie Lawson chose Christine McArthur's, Blackcurrants and Blackberries
The little glints of light in the blackcurrants are a real show of technical skill in painting with ink – and there is so much humour in the irregularity of the fruits – all isolated with their little stalks pointing in different directions. The blooms of the anemones are beautifully executed - and I think it is so clever how water is implied by the toning down of colour of the flower stems and the background strokes. It is this combination of humour, skill, regularity and irregularity that make this my favourite painting in the current Christine McArthur exhibition.
Kirsty Sumerling chose Adam Buick's, Miniature Moon Jars
Inspired by ancient Korean dal-hang-a-ri vessels, Adam Buick's Miniature Moon Jars each depict a surface unique in its design whilst embodying the same simple form. The unpredictable nature of these Miniature Moon Jars comes from the inclusions and their metamorphosis during the firing process. The term 'Moon Jar' refers to the shape and the milky colour of the glaze, each resembling the moon.
Alison McGill chose Wilhelmina Barns-Graham's, White Circle Series III
I’ve chosen this particular print as I love her use of colour. The abstract shapes are open to interpretation but the eclipsing forms remind me of the moon and the night sky.
Laura Cooper chose James Morrison's, Redford
I love how Morrison captures the clouds on a summer's day.
Guy Peploe chose Alberto Morrocco's Three Sisters of Lucca
It is a monumental work, supremely decorative, from the later period when Morrocco painted direct, alla prima - certain, after a lifetime of study and painting, of what he wanted to do. The colour is gorgeous, the mise en scene delightful, the paint beautifully applied, reminding us of what a fine, original painter he was.
Iris Peploe chose Akiko Hirai’s Wet Kohiki Teapot
Akiko Hirai’s Wet Kohiki teapot is so beautiful and can also be used to make copious amounts of delicious tea.