It’s time to embrace this years standout grads from the top Scottish Art Schools. The show opens in the gallery tomorrow (Saturday 21st August) and will run for 6 weeks. This show is a real highlight in our calendar – we love seeking out the most inspiring and talented grads to represent in the gallery and bring to your attention.
Here’s a quick run down on 7 of 9 featured artists who are in the exhibition.
Masaki Ishikawa | GSA | View all work
Tokyo born and currently Glasgow based visual artist Masaki Ishikawa predominantly uses postcards to inform his painting. The postcards he uses are often second hand, bought from the overlooked corners of eBay and other sites. Masaki feels the mass-produced front side, printed with typical travel experiences from the featured place along with the senders personal messages captured on the back intended for the addressee, hold a moment when a reproduction turns into an original form of souvenir.
Isabelle Bryan | ECA | View all work
Edinburgh based Isabelle Bryan’s work is energetic and gestural, centering around mark making and the human form. Isabelle looks to reflect the mood of her current circumstances in her art – working from home throughout Covid 19 has allowed her to embrace a sense of escapism. With no access to make canvas stretchers, she found inspiration in wall hangings and tapestries, so painted directly onto draped and loosely hung unstretched canvas.
Lizzie Little | GSA | View all work
Glasgow based contemporary figurative artist Lizzie Little depicts the human figure, faces and characters from all walks of life. Combining found imagery to create a narrative that drives a theme within her work. Lizzie uses a broad range of media; graphite, conte crayons, etching, printmaking and oils on stretched linens and canvas.
Katherine Benson | ECA | View all work
Edinburgh based fine artist Katherine Benson’s work focuses on the representation of the female form within the domestic sphere. She quickly captures the sitter and the intimate wavering between mystique and the quotidian in oil paint.
Callum Youde | DJCAD | View all work
Glasgow based Callum Youde is inspired by everyday stories that unfold around him throughout the daily act of living. The things he sees, objects he uses, music he is listening to. Callum documents these experiences in sketches and photography – constructing, deconstructing and layering imagery. He works expressively, predominantly with oil bars and spray paint to reveal his semi abstracted versions of reality.
Rose Raine | ECA | View all work
Contemporary landscape painter Rose Raine grew up in South Devon and now calls Edinburgh home. She expressively paints her passion; the land and the sea, recreating the forces and colour of nature in oils and watercolour.
Lucie Robbie | DJCAD | View all work
Dundee based fine artist Lucie Robbie’s current body of work is a personal expression of isolation experienced during lockdown, rendered through oil and captured in screen prints. She questions her own connection to her work; is it a conscious or unconscious reaction to her environment.
It feels especially important to support this new wave of rising stars as they become another year to be impacted by the ongoing pandemic (think limited studio access, virtual tutoring and a lack of physical degree shows).
And we so look forward to welcoming you in to the gallery to see the show!