Beyond the Clouds

1 August 2024 - 24 August 2024

Geoff Uglow is a British painter, born in 1978 in Cornwall. He studied at Falmouth and graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2000. The Scottish Gallery has represented Geoff Uglow since the late 2000s. Beyond the Clouds includes works from a series made in Edinburgh both past and present as well as his spectacular Rose Garden paintings.

Beyond The Clouds reviews Uglow’s formative years working in Edinburgh, applying the sophistication garnered in the Roman Campagna to readdress his subject led now by atmosphere, by the happenstance of how a particular morning light falls on familiar stone. It is the third state he seeks: from the solidity of the observed architecture, through the fluidity of his medium, to the atmosphere created.

Born: 1978

Geoff Uglow is a British painter, born in 1978 in Cornwall. He studied at Falmouth and graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2000.  He became a Rome Scholar in 2002 living and working in the illustrious British School at Rome for two years. He remained in Italy for a further two years before returning to his permanent studio on the dramatic coast of the south west peninsula of Cornwall.  He won the prestigious Alastair Salvesen Art Scholarship for painting and travel in 2009 and used his time to journey around the coastline of Scotland in the footsteps of famous eighteenth-century painter William Daniell. This body of work was exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. He has exhibited both in the UK and internationally, has won numerous awards and his paintings are held in both public and private collections worldwide. The artist currently works between his home and studio in Cornwall and in Italy.

Uglow looks to nature for inspiration.  Out of the turbulent depths of a life lived, he gives harbour to fleeting moments of perceived beauty, in contemplation of painting. And then, into the eddy and flow of wet on wet colour by way of brush or hand, he emulsifies a fathomless feeling with impressions of light and air and motion. These paintings exude a visceral current, forcing the viewer to experience all six degrees of freedom. There is a warmth and generosity in his approach and his practice holds a message of promise.

The artist often diarises the passing year with painted colour notes expressing the passage of the seasons by pinning the essence of a particular day. Other major projects have included his Quercus series, using the oak tree as a vehicle to chart the changing rhythms, cycles and seasons of the British landscape. Uglow also finds his subject in his rose garden, which he had cultivated from seed. He describes each painting as ‘a handwritten letter, a moment, which can suspend disbelief, a fragment of vanished beauty.’

The Scottish Gallery has represented Geoff Uglow since the late 2000s and we are hosting a major presentation of his work as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival in 2024. Beyond the Clouds will include works from a series made in Edinburgh both past and present as well as Italian landscapes, Rose Garden and Seascapes.

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