Barry McGlashan: The Sunken Dream

Barry McGlashan’s second solo exhibition at The Scottish Gallery, The Sunken Dream, takes us to the edge of reality. Inspired by an array of literary works including William Burroughs’ Cities of the Red Night and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, as well as his own travels to America’s Mid-West, McGlashan’s paintings are haunting and beautiful.

Delicately painted, each work is like a carefully crafted stage-set. A lustrous, varnished surface invites us on a mysterious voyage of chance encounters and we are led into bewildering landscapes, by the light of the moon and deep into distant realms bordering on the surreal. But rather than giving away the whole plot, McGlashan is insistent on the viewer playing their part in the story, we enter the narrative at critical moments, the artist inviting us to draw our own conclusions. Barry McGlashan’s paintings are a window into the mind of an artist who walks sure-footedly between the fantastical and the wonderful.

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