Staff Picks - Winter 202015 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.
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.
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.
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.
Laura Cooper chose: James Morrison's Looking Towards the Dun
Because no one does a Scottish sky like James Morrison.
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!