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 exhibition 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.
Joseph Calleja was the recipient of the An Talla Solais Residency Award in the Royal Scottish Academy’s Open exhibition in 2017. His award winning piece is shown above. The work currently being shown in The Room was produced during Calleja’s residency in Ullapool in April 2018. It is one of several ‘works in progress’ created during that time and forms part of his ongoing research, in which Calleja manipulates found, reappropriated frames, exploring the idea of inhabiting and molding the established parameters of traditional art.
Based between Edinburgh and Gozo, Calleja (b.1981 Malta) holds a Masters degree in the interdisciplinary course, Art Space and Naturefrom the University of Edinburgh. He is a practicing visual artist and a current member of Lateral Lab, a new Scotland-based contemporary art charity that supports new art and pioneers cutting-edge responses to the environment through an ecocentric spirit of exploration, risk-taking and international collaboration. His work was shortlisted for Saatchi and Channel 4 New Sensations 2010 and this culminated with a show in London alongside leading contemporary artists as curated by Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz and Victoria Golembiovskaya. He was selected for the elite New Contemporaries 2011 by the Royal Scottish Academy. He was the first recipient of the Robert Callender Residency for Young Artists, a residency that took him to Osaka and a solo show in Kyoto.
Alongside his own art practice, Calleja has assisted several artists in the development of their work - namely Donald Urquhart, Heinz Kasper and Aeneas Wilder - and is currently working as a studio assistant to environmental artist Elizabeth Ogilvie on her ongoing project Out of Ice.
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.
“I’ve drawn or painted more or less all my life, with a childhood dominated by artistic activity, most of it through my own motivation. Several things led to this. My father was a headmaster who actively encouraged the arts as a form of education, which was unusual at the time. Also, we had no television and few other outlets for creative leanings, so early on I became acquaint with the need to generate my own momentum. Being an artist is a fairly solitary life so the ability to be self-propelled as a child has come in useful ever since.
I studied at Edinburgh College of Art, getting an honours degree in Drawing and Painting. I learnt little about art but a lot about myself. I kept painting, indifferently at times, but my work changed when I came across the paintings of the Canadian artist Tom Thomson, one of the ‘Group of Seven’.
Since then I have painted in many remote parts of Northern Scotland, always carrying boards and canvases with me, not usually sketching but doing full scale paintings.
Recent major solo shows include ‘A Northern land’, 2004 at the Kilmorack Gallery, which centred round a trip to St.Kilda. Then, in 2007, I had a show ‘Signs of life’ at Brown’s Fine Arts. In 2010, I returned to Kilmorack for a show titled ‘Until the day break’.“
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.
Christopher Wood RSW
Christopher trained at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating with an Honours degree in Drawing & Painting in 1984. He has been a full-time professional artist since his first one-man exhibition in Edinburgh 1987.
Collections include: HRH Prince Charles the Duke of Rothesay; the Bank of Scotland; Aberdeen Asset Management; United Distillers; Edinburgh University; Lennox Lewis; The Demarco European Foundation; MacRoberts Solicitors; Premier Property Group; Phoenix Equity Partners and many other private and corporate collections around the world.
He is married with two children and two step-children, and lives and works in the coastal town of Dunbar, near Edinburgh.