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Summer Watercolour Showcase Returns to Forfar

Our 5th Annual Summer Exhibition has returned for a third visit to the Meffan Museum & Art Gallery in Forfar.  The exhibition, which was open to all watercolour artists in Scotland, features over 180 new works by some of Scotland’s leading artists alongside talented young artists from across the country.  A wide variety of subjects and styles of painting means there is something for everyone to enjoy.

And he was king of the golden mountain (Ben Vrackie) David Forster RSW

And he was king of the golden mountain (Ben Vrackie) David Forster RSW

The featured painting in this exhibition is And he was king of the golden mountain (Ben Vrackie) by David Forster RSW.  Explaining the inspiration behind the painting he said “In my early paintings, I became fascinated by the way in which nature creeps back into the urban space, and the way in which we model parks and planted spaces to evoke an idealised sense of our relationship with nature.  As my work has moved out of the city, this balance has reversed, with the man-made now often but a tiny element dwarfed by the wild.

“In this view from the flanks of Ben Vrackie near Pitlochry, the frozen loch in the valley is artificially dammed and footpaths thread the hill behind. I like the denial here of the sublime delusion of pure wilderness, with its reminder that the highland landscape is itself an artifice created by the ancient felling of the Caledonian forest, and that there are towns and roads nearby.

“Because I like to test our common culture regarding such places, I take the titles of my work from Grimm’s Fairytales, with their shared inheritance landscape description. Finally, of course, the title in this case also serves as a memento of the splendour of such a climb.”

RSW 5th Summer Open Annual Exhibition
Meffan Museum & Art Gallery
20 West High Street, Forfar
30 April – 29 May 2016
Tues – Sat 10am – 5pm
Admission Free


Summer Showcase of Watercolours Returns to Ayr

Our 4th Open Annual Summer Exhibition, featuring leading and emerging Scottish artists,  returns for a second visit to The Maclaurin Art Gallery in Ayr this summer.

RSW President, John Inglis said “We’re delighted to have this opportunity to return to Ayrshire, a part of Scotland which has influenced and inspired many artists.  We hope visitors to the exhibition will enjoy this vibrant showcase of watercolour painting.”

The Dark Pool, Janet Melrose RSW

The Dark Pool, Janet Melrose RSW

The RSW is unique in Scotland as it is the only Society specifically for the promotion of watercolour painting and it has a distinguished history.  It was granted Royal Status by Queen Victoria in 1888, and Members have included artists such as William McTaggart and Sir William Gillies.

The first RSW Annual Summer exhibition was held at the Maclaurin Art Gallery in 2012 and since then has visited Perth Museum and Art Gallery and The Meffan in Forfar.

4th Annual Summer Exhibition
Maclaurin Art Gallery, Rozelle Park, Monument Road, Ayr KA7 4NQ
26 April – 25 May 2015.  Open Mon-Sat 10am to 5pm, Sun 12 to 5pm.
Admission Free

Summer Exhibition Opens in Forfar


meffan 2014Our 3rd Annual Summer Exhibition featuring over 180 paintings by leading and emerging watercolour artists is now on at the The Meffan in Forfar.

This is the perfect opportunity to experience watercolour painting in the 21st century and everyone who visits the exhibition is certain to find something to capture their imagination.  The names of the paintings alone, such as Moroccan Dream, Winter Odyssey, The Girl who had a Plan and Fortune Teller’s Dream, give a flavour of the variety of subjects and inspirations.

All of the paintings are for sale so it is also an opportunity to buy an original work of art and any profit from sales goes into supporting future RSW exhibitions.

At the exhibition opening the new Walter Scott Award was presented to Perth artist Claire Harkess BA RSW for her painting Sacred Cow, India.  Claire graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1993 and this is her fourth RSW award.  Her work is inspired by wildlife and she has taken study trips to Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, St Kilda, Australia, St Kitts, China, The Galápagos Islands, Kenya and India.  In 2011 she won the Wildlife in Action category of Wildlife Artist of the Year run by the David Shepherd Foundation and her work is held in the collection of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

Claire Harkess with award winning painting Sacred Cow, India

Claire Harkess with award winning painting Sacred Cow, India

Describing the experience of painting in watercolour she writes “Painting in watercolour offers a unique directness. The essential qualities of light and energy ever present in the natural world are the very essence of the medium itself.  In search of a simplicity and beauty through the painting of a line, shape, colour, the process is immediate and instinctive.  Remaining true to both medium and subject, with every brush mark visible, I strive to allow the paint the freedom to speak for itself – thus creating a dialogue between myself, the viewer and the ever evolving work.”

The RSW Summer Exhibition is at The Meffan, 20 West High Street, Forfar DD8 1BB until Saturday 7 June 2014.  Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.  Admission free. www.rsw.org.uk