Peter Davis – Stillness in Motion

Peter Davis – Stillness in Motion

Peter Davis is an artist who has spent a great many years mastering the use of his materials and chosen medium of watercolour. With what appears to be consummate ease and an intuitive dexterity with the physicality of water and pigment on paper, the landscape paintings that Davis produces reveal Shetland with stunning economy, for nothing is ever overworked or laboured in his paintings. All the more reason, therefore, to be taken aback by the sheer impact that he makes with what is, after all, frequently considered a ‘modest’ medium.

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David Cass: Materiality and Focus

David Cass: Materiality and Focus

In the fourth of our seven-post series on the work of David Cass (ahead of his exhibition at The Scottish Gallery next week), I thought it would be a good point to widen the scope a little and consider the manner in which Cass works and the materials he works with. As with previous posts in this short series on a single artist, the underlying thinking has been to take just one work as a point of focus – that is, as a jumping off point from which to consider the wider body of work brought together and…

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Forest Fire Aftermath by David Cass

Forest Fire Aftermath by David Cass

Back in 2014, artist David Cass was heading out for what he describes as “a research stay in an arid zone.” He’d gone straight from the moist climate and wet ground of the Scottish Borders to an alpine-desert and, as he relates it, “The heat and dry atmosphere hit me hard, but seeing this patch of bright red forest was almost surreal. Eventually, with a friend, I managed to climb the mountainside and enter the aftermath zone, where we took photographs and shot film…”

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Horizonte, horizontes, horizonten

Horizonte, horizontes, horizonten

Perhaps now more than ever, we need artists such as David Cass who can at once present us with moments of pleasure when looking upon their work, and yet at the same time offer us reference points for understanding the environmental catastrophe that our own actions represent for the very environment that supports and currently sustains us. That the two can co-exist at one and the same time in any single work (or the body of work as a whole), is commendable, I believe.

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David Cass: Rising Horizon

David Cass: Rising Horizon

David Cass’s Horizon 42% (2017-2019), from his upcoming exhibition Rising Horizon, is here accompanied by a short text by Prof. David Reay: “On the land, vast swathes of natural forest have been felled and their soils ploughed up. The carbon released has joined that from fossil burning in a smothering heat blanket encircling the globe. This hotter atmosphere super-charges the water cycle, bringing devastating flash floods in one place just as it saps away moisture and bakes earth into dust in another. Across the oceans, sea levels are rising…

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Highlights of 2018: Warhol and Paolozzi at NGS

Highlights of 2018: Warhol and Paolozzi at NGS

A further addition to our run through of the highlights of 2018, we’re pleased to share this review for The Times of Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi: I Want to be a Machine by Giles Sutherland, Art North’s ‘Contributing Editor (Highlands & Islands)’. As noted, the current exhibition at Modern Two, Edinburgh, is ‘a rare chance to see the work of two great artists under one roof, and to be immersed in their parallel, but district, routes of artistic evolution.’ The exhibition runs until 2 June 2019…

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Highlights of 2018: Peter White's Memorial

Highlights of 2018: Peter White's Memorial

A further addition to our run through of the highlights of 2018 in the Northern Highlands, the work of Ullapool-based artist Peter White was the subject of an exhibition at An Talla Solais that made a powerful and, some would say, emotional impact upon its visitors. The subject matter of White’s work is deeply personal yet thoroughly accessible to visitors who seemed quite moved by the artist’s interweaving of his personal life with that of others who once dwelt upon the land. This review was first published in the Northern Times.

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Highlights of 2018: Black Isle Abstract

Highlights of 2018: Black Isle Abstract

As part of our brief look back at the visual art highlights from northern Scotland during 2018, the following is a copy of Ian McKay’s review of Black Isle Abstract at Thurso Art Gallery from 2 July 2018 – Black Isle Abstract is a collective of three artists who live and work on The Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands. What binds them together is their devotion to abstraction. But how do I know this? For their exhibition at Thurso Art Gallery…

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Highlights of 2018: Northbound | Nordgående

Highlights of 2018: Northbound | Nordgående

As we near the moment when the first issue of Art North goes to press, the coming of this new year has also been a time of looking back to some of the highlights of the last year, too. With one eye on what the future holds, therefore, over the next week (and as time permits) I am minded to post to this new Art North website some brief mentions of what I consider to be the highlights of the past twelve months. Undoubtedly, for me, one of those highlights was the exhibition at An Talla Solais titled Northbound | Nordgående…

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Giles Sutherland reviews Billy Connolly at Castle Fine Art

Giles Sutherland reviews Billy Connolly at Castle Fine Art

As part of our run through of the highlights of 2018, here’s a well balanced review, we think, from The Times by Giles Sutherland, Art North’s ‘Contributing Editor (Highlands & Islands)’. We’re pleased to share what is, for any critic, a tricky review about a revered celebrity exhibiting on his home turf. The exhibition ended 30 November 2018 at Castle Fine Art, Glasgow.

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