Staff Picks - Winter 2020

15 Jan 2020

Winter Staff Picks

The Scottish Gallery staff would like to share with you, on a monthly basis, a selection of our favourite pictures and objects that are in The Gallery's collection but are not always on display. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.


Christina Jansen chose: Richard Goldsworthy's Dice #2

We discovered Richard Goldsworthy at his degree show at Edinburgh College of Art in 2019. I love his freestyle use of material and sculptural forms and am looking forward to his first solo exhibition with us in July.

Tommy Zyw chose: Michael McVeigh's Candlemaker Row

Whilst McVeigh’s depictions of Edinburgh streets may not always be anatomically accurate, they are always infused with elements of social history and folklore, creating scenes that are completely unique.

Staff Picks - Winter 2020
Richard Goldsworthy, Dice #2, 2019 ash & pewter | H:26cm W:30cm D:34cm
Staff Picks - Winter 2020
Michael McVeigh, Candlemaker Row, 2015, oil on canvas, H:46cm W:61cm

Alison McGill chose: Charles Simpson's Two Canoes

Charles Simpson's effective handling of the paint captures the dramatic sky and dazzling reflection of the setting sun in this eye-catching seascape.

I'm really looking forward to his forthcoming exhibition 'Scale' which runs at the Gallery from 5 – 29 February 2020 where we will be able to view his stunning west coast landscapes alongside fabulous still life paintings.

Staff Picks - Winter 2020
​Charles Simpson, Two Canoes, 2019, oil on canvas | H:50cm W:65 cm

Elizabeth Jane Campbell chose: Philip Eglin's Priest and Pin-Up

Philip Eglin is one of my favourite ceramic artists – his work draws on many sources; from popular culture and ceramic history through to high art, and from Gothic Madonnas to Abstract Expressionist painters of the 1950s. The use of graffiti elements carry playful references to street culture and his works in both the figurative and abstract.

Lisa Muxworthy chose: Mison Won's Circular Ovals Brooch

I love the delicacy of Misun Won’s jewellery. Each piece is instantly recognisable with her use of silver and keumboo to create intricate shapes and this brooch is no exception. I love the contract between the silver and the oxidised silver and am amazed to understand each piece is hand pierced and folded.

Staff Picks - Winter 2020
Philip Eglin, Priest and Pin-Up, 2017, tin glaze | H:14.5cm W:20.5cm D:5cm​
Staff Picks - Winter 2020
Misun Won, Circular Ovals Brooch II,2018, silver, Keumboo (24ct gold foil) | H:6.4cm W:6.4cm D:1.8cm £1,800

Laura Cooper chose: James Morrison's Looking Towards the Dun

Because no one does a Scottish sky like James Morrison.

Staff Picks - Winter 2020
James Morrison, Looking Towards the Dun, Summer 31 IV, 2014, oil on board | H:80 W:110cm

Kirsty Sumerling chose: Nancy Sutcliffe's Stag Do

Nancy's delicate engraving gives the illusion of 3D and the impression that the stag beetle is trapped within a block of ice. Look closer and you can see patterns in 22ct moon gold leaf depicting the wings.

Chantal de Prez chose: Peter Green's Solar Form 2

There’s something very playful about Green’s work. I love Solar Form 2's bold, fluid, modern shapes, which remind me of Matisse paper cut-outs or Blue Note album covers – a great combination!

Staff Picks - Winter 2020
Nancy Sutcliffe, Stag Do, 2017, optical crystal block, 22ct gold leaf | H:21cm W:17cm D:7cm
Staff Picks - Winter 2020
Peter Green OBE, Solar Form 2, 1970, woodcut and stencil print | H:71cm W:51cm
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