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Jonathan Shearer in June

Our Featured Artist for June is the painter Jonathan Shearer who is a frequent tutor for the Gallery’s ‘plein air’ workshops. He lives in Alness in Easter Ross and has a studio base there and in Cromarty Arts Centre. Jonathan graduated BA(Hons) Painting & Drawing from the School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in 1993.

Jonathan’s work focuses on many of Scotland’s wild landscapes.  He visits and revisits particular places many times, where he walks, draws and paints out in the wilds.  He works repeatedly in these places to forge a deep and intimate connection with them.

“My paintings are concerned with trying to convey the sensation of being immersed in the landscape, the wind in your face, the soft bogginess of the moor beneath your feet, the clouds enveloping the mountain. The sheer exhilaration of wild places.

In the landscape I work on small oil paintings on board. Back in the studio I use them to develop larger paintings. Working quickly on several paintings at a time allows the changing light, ebb and flow of the tide and the elusive mood of the landscape to set the pace.

I hope to convey the changing seasons in the highlands. The hue of the earth through wet and dry days, the gathering and fleeting clouds working their dramatic transformation on the mountains, the play of the elements in the wild places. “

Jonathan has given us some breathtaking pictures of his chosen wild places – Torridon, Assynt and Balnakeil (all, incidentally, on the North Coast 500 Route) as well as Ardtoe in Ardnamurchan, and Glen Nevis.

Our other Gallery highlights this coming month are:

  • new jewellery from award-winning Edinburgh jeweller, Eleanor Symms
  • more of Greg Dobson’s popular metal fish and stags
  • Lochcarron Gallery mugs with three new designs
  • an extended range of hand-made clothes from Marigold Clothing by Jackie Parsons who is now in the Gallery one day a week
  • paintings and cards from emerging Hebridean artist Rhona Anderson, who is also now helping in the Gallery one day a week
  • plus lots of new work from us and our regular exhibitors

 

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From all over Scotland…

Some of Scotland’s finest artists and makers will be showing their work at the new Lochcarron Gallery.  Taking pride of place will be original paintings by Jonathan Shearer (who lives in Easter Ross), etchings by Cat Outram (Edinburgh), silk windings and silver spoons by Helena Emmans (Skye), paintings by Jenny Hepburn (Inverness), mezzotints by Rona MacLean (who grew up on Loch Lomondside), ceramics by Patricia Shone (Skye) and Hilke MacIntyre (Fife), and one of Edinburgh-based Elaine Allison’s intriguing sculptures.

MacLean, Rona 'Birks' 2013 Mezzotint
Birks by Rona MacLean
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Detail from silk winding by Helena Emmans
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Detail from etching by Cat Outram

 

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Our first exhibition

The opening exhibition at the new Lochcarron Gallery will include paintings, etchings, mezzotints, textile art, ceramics, silverwork, sculpture and craftwork, created by the three gallery partners and special guests.

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Helena Emmans will be showing off her silk windings and spoons, and there will be original paintings by Jonathan Shearer, etchings by Cat Outram, mezzotints by Rona MacLean and one of Elaine Allison’s intriguing sculptures. Ceramicists Patricia Shone from Skye and Hilke MacIntyre from Fife have also promised work as well as Lochcarron’s own Susan Duncan.  Sitting alongside these works will be paintings by local artists (including Michael Stuart Green, Gillian Pattinson, Carol Cocks and Steven Proudfoot) as well as the three resident artists’ own paintings, etchings, linocuts, mosaics and hand-made wool rugs – and Daniel Young’s beautiful pig (above).

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Bowl by Susan Duncan

The gallery will also be selling a selection of hand-made crafts, cards, jewellery, candles, soaps and other small gift items, all made in the Highlands. The three artists also hope it will be a great new addition to the South West Ross Arts and Eats Trail.

Ceramic relief by Hilke MacIntyre