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A CERTAIN LIGHT Victoria Crowe 02 August - 01 September 2018 Throughout the exhibition images which look very like the world are actually revealed as deeply abstracted. Images which appear to stress formal structure emerge as closely observed elements of the natural world. The paintings of Venice embody that dichotomy directly. By their very subject matter images of Venice have to partake of that movement back and forth between depicted view and emotive history that accompanies all images of the city. They are complex images, shifting genre and therefore apparent meaning as you consider them. The palimpsest surface heightens the ambiguity and posits an unknowable content, forever gently out of reach. The past is central to the subject matter not as melancholy, but it is recognised as gone. The inevitability of the passing of time is recognised and lamented as human experience. Memory holds events and images in the present but as reflected in a dark glass. JOHN MORRISON University of Aberdeen The City Reflected Etching, collograph and silkscreen 40.6 x 51 cms #TheScottishGallery #EdinburghArtFestival #ModernMastersVIII #VictoriaCrowe #ACertainLight #Printmaking #printmaker #prints #fineart

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A CERTAIN LIGHT Victoria Crowe 02 August - 01 September 2018 This month, we have compiled a portfolio of all the Victoria Crowe works that we have in stock, so that visitors can browse a larger range of art than that on the walls. In addition, there is a small browser in the main Gallery, full of all our unframed Victoria Crowe prints. Please feel free to explore a range of pieces while you visit! #TheScottishGallery #EdinburghArtFestival #ModernMastersVIII #VictoriaCrowe #ACertainLight #Printmaking #printmaker #prints #fineart at The Scottish Gallery

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MODERN MASTERS VIII - SPECIAL FESTIVAL EDITION 02 August - 01 September 2018 The drawings Wilhelmina Barns-Graham made in Italy, Switzerland and the south coast from 1951-1954 are amongst her most accomplished and make a vital contribution to the early St Ives School. Her sweeping line, restraint in colour and certainty in the information she chooses to include predict her future as an abstract painter but at this stage remain clear, poignant observations of real places and memories. St Martin is a parish on the south coast of the island where ancient fields are divided by hedgerows above cliffs and a rocky coastline. Wilhelmina Barns-Graham St. Martin, Guernsey, November 5, 1951 pencil and wash on paper 38.5 x 50.3 cms • • • • • • #TheScottishGallery #EdinburghArtFestival #ModernMastersVIII #wilhelminabarnsgraham #dameelizabethblackadder #fcbcadell #victoriacrowe #alandavie #katedownie #sirwilliamgillies #johnhouston #sirwilliammactaggart #davidmcclure #brucemclean #jamesmorrison #albertomorrocco #jamesmcintoshpatrick #denispeploe #sjpeploe #sirrobinphilipson #anneredpath #jamesdownierobertson #adambrucethomson

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A CERTAIN LIGHT⠀ ⠀ Victoria Crowe⠀ ⠀ 02 August - 01 September 2018⠀ ⠀ The Scottish Gallery is delighted to present A Certain Light by Victoria Crowe for the Edin-burgh Art Festival 2018. Many will already have seen her exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery Beyond Likeness and will be looking forward to her major retrospective at the Edinburgh City Art Centre in 2019. But for all artists the most important painting is the next one and The Scottish Gallery since the in-ception of the Festival has showcased new work by Scotland’s greatest living artists. A Certain Light is the fruit of three years work including paintings of the landscape surrounding her home in West Linton, works inspired by her res-idency at Dumfries House and a new series of luminous still life interiors of haunting beauty. Victoria Crowe’s work continues to reflect on the nature of light, the way it reveals and ob-scures; she seeks the half light of dusk when colour can be enhanced as the light dies and the mind is invited to dwell on the unknowable. In Venice, where she has a home and second studio, the sense of time passed and passing is intense, bathed in a palette of reds, where the eternal and the ephemeral exist in perfect bal-ance. We are grateful to John Morrison and Pe-ter Davidson for their insights, eloquence and poetry in the text which accompanies this won-derful exhibition.⠀ ⠀ Victoria Crowe⠀ L’ultima Cena with Green Quince⠀ oil on board⠀ 61 x 40.5 cms ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ • •⠀ • •⠀ • •⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #TheScottishGallery #EdinburghArtFestival #ModernMastersVIII #wilhelminabarnsgraham #dameelizabethblackadder #fcbcadell #victori-acrowe #alandavie #katedownie #sirwilliamgillies #johnhouston #sirwilliammac-taggart #davidmcclure #brucemclean #jamesmorrison #albertomor-rocco #jamesmcintoshpatrick #denispeploe #sjpeploe #sirrobinphilipson #anneredpath #jamesdownierobertson #adambrucethomson

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MODERN MASTERS VIII - SPECIAL FESTIVAL EDITION 02 August - 01 September 2018 Alberto Morrocco’s Three Sisters of Lucca was the centrepiece for his seminal exhibition with us for the Edinburgh Festival in 1986. Morrocco had emerged as a brilliant colourist in the years after setting aside the burden of his duties as Head of Drawing and Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1982. He had lifelong filled sketchbooks with colour notes and drawings and had a mind full of ideas. His early academic training and debts to Cowie, Robert Sivell and the Quattrocento were abandoned in favour of direct painting with the brush, brilliant unmodulated colour and picture designs which came directly from the conceit of the subject. The Three Sisters work is monumental in scale, clearly based on a sketch and memory, the cool interior behind a sun-drenched façade, the stylised women, doves and compotier with single pear is pure, joyous Morrocco. Alberto Morrocco Three Sisters of Lucca, 1986 oil on canvas 127 x 133 cms #TheScottishGallery #EdinburghArtFestival #ModernMastersVIII #wilhelminabarnsgraham #dameelizabethblackadder #fcbcadell #victori-acrowe #alandavie #katedownie #sirwilliamgillies #johnhouston #sirwilliammac-taggart #davidmcclure #brucemclean #jamesmorrison #albertomor-rocco #jamesmcintoshpatrick #denispeploe #sjpeploe #sirrobinphilipson #anneredpath #jamesdownierobertson #adambrucethomson

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MODERN MASTERS VIII - SPECIAL FESTIVAL EDITION 02 August - 01 September 2018 The Queensferry Crossing: A Facebook Tale Posted on Facebook in early February 2018: “A strange and exciting request: does anyone know a lorry driver who might be willing to take me as a passenger across the Queensferry Crossing? I am making crossing studies for my next series of paintings but need a higher viewpoint than from a mere car. I would be happy to swap an etching or print for the privilege of a high moving viewpoint of the bridge.” This simple post was shared nine times and within an hour I had the ‘friend of a friend’ who ran logistics for freight transport across Europe, mostly between Italy and Scotland, making it happen. Three days later I was on an Italian lorry driven by a delightful Romanian, crossing the new bridge at 20 miles per hour, about 12 feet above the road surface with an excellent view, drawing fast and filming all the while with an iPhone taped to the windscreen. Sometimes the best implementation of fresh work happens fast and with proper intensity. And so it is with the crossing drawings of the new bridge. Is it trickier to draw than the other bridges? I think so: more elusive, less bridge, more crossing. It is unexpectedly graceful and certainly not a place to linger on. It’s all about the journey. Kate Downie, April 2018 Kate Downie New Day Crossing, 2018 oil on canvas 100 x 100 cms • • • • • • #TheScottishGallery #EdinburghArtFestival #ModernMastersVIII #wilhelminabarnsgraham #dameelizabethblackadder #fcbcadell #victoriacrowe #alandavie #katedownie #sirwilliamgillies #johnhouston #sirwilliammactaggart #davidmcclure #brucemclean #jamesmorrison #albertomorrocco #jamesmcintoshpatrick #denispeploe #sjpeploe #sirrobinphilipson #anneredpath #jamesdownierobertson #adambrucethomson

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MODERN MASTERS VIII - SPECIAL FESTIVAL EDITION 02 August - 01 September 2018 James Morrison’s view north across the Montrose basin towards the foothills of the Grampians is one of his finest Angus landscapes, monumental plein air works which chronical the seasons and are deeply imbued with the history of the land. The road, which curves down the gentle hill, is unpassable with new snow whose brilliant glow lends sharp relief to the halfburied fence-posts and gate. The storm has passed to the North leaving a cold, still clarity to the aspect, a day for the farmers to tend to their beasts, clear the roads and light the fire. James Morrison From Balgove, 27.xii.1995 oil on panel 100 x 150 cms • • • • • • #TheScottishGallery #EdinburghArtFestival #ModernMastersVIII #wilhelminabarnsgraham #dameelizabethblackadder #fcbcadell #victori-acrowe #alandavie #katedownie #sirwilliamgillies #johnhouston #sirwilliammac-taggart #davidmcclure #brucemclean #jamesmorrison #albertomor-rocco #jamesmcintoshpatrick #denispeploe #sjpeploe #sirrobinphilipson #anneredpath #jamesdownierobertson #adambrucethomson

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MODERN MASTERS VIII - SPECIAL FESTIVAL EDITION 02 August - 01 September 2018 The Scottish Gallery is delighted to present a special edition of our Modern Masters series for the Edinburgh Art Festival which reflects the diverse range of artists that have graced The Gallery’s walls past and present. James Robertson was a painter’s painter whose consistent, inspired response to the Scottish landscape was more influential than many of his more celebrated peers at The Glasgow School of Art. Using collage and mixed media, like both Barbara Rae and Duncan Shanks, he developed an abstract language to create paintings which capture real experience, evocations of time and place, moments of weather transformation which are both beautiful and heartfelt. Garden in Snow is an essay in winter colour, the garden gripped by snow, raw but reasserting its familiarity. James Downie Robertson Garden in Snow mixed media 73 x 99 cms • • • • • • #TheScottishGallery #EdinburghArtFestival #ModernMastersVIII #wilhelminabarnsgraham #dameelizabethblackadder #fcbcadell #victori-acrowe #alandavie #katedownie #sirwilliamgillies #johnhouston #sirwilliammac-taggart #davidmcclure #brucemclean #jamesmorrison #albertomor-rocco #jamesmcintoshpatrick #denispeploe #sjpeploe #sirrobinphilipson #anneredpath #jamesdownierobertson #adambrucethomson

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