THE ROOM- ARTISTS 2018
Over the year, our smaller gallery - The Room - will exhibit a selection of paintings and sculpture that will be changed on a regular basis to offer our visitors the opportunity to view and purchase work from some of Scotland's leading contemporary artists. Artists exhibiting work in 2018 are listed below. Note that all of the artists will be on show at any one time - a current listing is available here.
Mary Bourne (born 1963) is an artist based in the rural North East of Scotland. Trained at Edinburgh College of Art and a John Kinross Scholar in 1985, her professional experience has included numerous public commissions, including interpretative artworks at Bennachie, Aberdeenshire; Mallerstang, East Cumbria and Mugdock Country Park, Milngavie. She has worked with high profile architects like Page/Park (Eden Court Theatre) and Malcolm Fraser (Scottish Poetry Library), as well as with the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust and Historic Environment Scotland on a contemporary carving project for the 16th century Riddle’s Court on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.
Kirstie Cohen was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1963. After studying at Edinburgh College of Art to develop a portfolio she gained entry to Glasgow School of Art, the famous Rennie Mackintosh designed building. She studied painting there from 1983 – 1987, and after completing a degree was offered a place on the Post graduate course from 1987 – 1988. After leaving art school she was a finalist in the 1989 British Airways Award at Olympia, London, a showcase for young emerging artists. As soon as her studies were completed she started to develop landscape in her work, turning professional with her first solo Exhibition in London in 1990. She has subsequently had many solo and mixed shows nationwide. She now lives and works in the Highlands of Scotland near Inverness. In 2008 she was the winner of the Art Business Today, Canon Award, Digital Printer which gave her the opportunity to publish her own work in high quality print format.
Joan Doerr is a Scottish abstract painter. Her home studio is in Edinburgh's West End. "Photographs or sketches play their part but mainly my paintings are constructed through process. It will often involve applying and removing layers of paint and drawing: sometimes splattering, sometimes carefully reapplying, and continuing the whole process until satisfied with their depth and atmosphere." Joan has exhibited widely across the UK, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London on several occasions.
Simon Rivett has been painting landscape since his days as a student at Goldsmith’s College in London, when he was painting the declining industrial landscape of his home in Newcastle, to the last twenty three years spent living in and exploring the unique rural landscape of the Outer Hebrides. Recent trips have taken him to new destinations, such as Iceland, Norway and the Arctic. Light and form, his continuing obsession, is the most consistent theme that runs through Simon's work, alongside the ongoing struggle to record the subtlety and beauty of the landscape. Simon loves to experiment and play with different mediums and to create works with different approaches. His work reflects upon the uniqueness of landscape in its own variety of method, material and imagery.