Paint, sweat & ink on canvas 10-woman show at the RGI Kelly Gallery
The saying that creative genius is ‘2% inspiration and 98% perspiration’ takes on a tangible form at a new exhibition the RGI Kelly Gallery in Glasgow which runs from 26 June until 7 July.
Artist Patti Lean has mixed droplets of her own sweat with watercolour, graphite and ink to create 30 studies on papers for the Timelines show which features the work of 10 women artists.
“These new paintings, Tiree Mind Breath 1-30, are my response to what it feels like to be a runner,” explains Patti, “and as I’m interested in mixing organic by-product material with paint, I mixed a tiny amount mixed with the watercolour water.
“All 30 works are mounted in CD cases, and I’m reliably informed that the ‘sweat solute’ mainly consists of minerals and water. When I’m running, I have a mic attached to my ankle to record sounds such as breaking twigs or my own heartbeat.”
The 10 artists, Jane Blair, Bella Green, Patti Lean, Silvana McLean, Margaret Robb, Maggie Savage, Gill Shreeve, Claire Sutherland, Jennifer Watt and Kathleen Woods, are all based in the Borders and are part of the artist group ‘Ten’.
To highlight the creative process and finished works, the artists set themselves the challenge of making works which explore and express the passage of time and development of ideas over a single month, hence the name Timelines.
Each artist is exhibiting 300 small studies, including painting, sculpture and printmaking, alongside large-scale more developed pieces, with some of the work reflecting the elemental power of their surroundings in the Borders.
For artist Jane Blair, it was moving from town to country that provided the catalyst for an artistic shift. The former theatre designer is a relative newcomer to painting but it is the visual drama of the rural world that continues to fascinate.
Jane works with the changing light, weather and creatures that she sees every day, using mainly oil, and sometimes gold leaf. Since becoming a full time painter Jane has exhibited widely throughout the country and has private collectors as far afield as Moscow and Rome.
Artist Kathleen Woods also feels that her work takes her in the direction of the elements in nature, as well as reflecting her Scottish heritage. “The Glasgow Boys and Scottish Colourists influence me with their realism in landscape and still life,” she explains, “while inspiration comes from the light and drama of the south-west coastline of Galloway and the western isles.
Gill Shreeve says that working outdoors sparks a spontaneity and directness and she frequently incorporates natural materials such as mountain water, soil, shales and snow melt. Back in the studio she builds a layered physicality with paint, ink, collage and textured materials ‘to hide, reveal or suggest’.
Given their collective talent, shared friendship and and creative risk taking, this new exhibition is artistic affirmation of the power of ‘Ten’.
Join us for the private view on Thursday 28 June 5-7pm.
The gallery is also hosting an informal artists’ talk with Patti Lean and Silvana McLean on Saturday 30 June at 1pm. Admission free, no booking required & all welcome.
Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
Kelly Gallery 118 Douglas Street GLASGOW G2 4ET