The Crossing

Paintings by Diana Hope and Dan Murray

June 27 -  26 July 2015



Crossing: A place where paths meet. An Talla Solais is pleased to present a joint exhibition of landscape paintings by renowned artist Diana Hope and portrait paintings by emerging talent Daniel Murray. 

 Diana Hope is an established artist living and working in Edinburgh. She is a visiting tutor at both Leith School of Art and the Edinburgh College of Art. Her bright landscapes explore the intensity of personal experience and memories of her childhood in the Aberdeenshire countryside.

 "My work is about the remembered landscape, and arises directly from recent conversations/recollections with my father which prompted my desire to explore my own memory of the experience of being brought up on the Scottish land. My father, George Mackie, ex  Member of Parliament for Caithness and Sutherland, died earlier this year. The works in this exhibition are dedicated to him."

 Daniel Murray is a young artist from Poolewe and a graduate of Ullapool's Bridgehouse Art Portfolio Course. He is interested in exploring new narratives and compositions within his strong style.

 "I have always been interested in portraiture and I have enjoyed working towards this exhibition immensely. Although some of the paintings are quite traditional in style, I have tried in others to explore the distortion of the subject's form to create more abstract portraits. Contrast in colour and paintings with an almost dreamlike/ambiguous quality interests me a lot. 

 It will be really interesting having two different styles of work that differ in subject matter hanging together."