When Kim met Alec

Artist James McDonald’s solo show features work inspired by controversial poetry book



INTAGLIO SHORES-New Prints & Paintings by James McDonald  

12 – 23 June RGI Kelly Gallery 118 Douglas Street Glasgow G2 4ET


Join us for the private view on 15 June 6 – 8pm

A new solo show of paintings and Itaglio prints from artist James McDonald at Glasgow’s RGI Kelly Gallery, is partly inspired by the field of Bannockburn in his native Stirling, but also features public figures as diverse as Kim Kardashian and Alex Salmond.

Most of the paintings are in oil and include portraits the artist’s mother, and some new work featuring the written word, including Kim Kardashian, Alex Salmond and Soup Notes. James started experimenting with words on paper, haikus, clerihews, ‘found poetry’ and poetry concrete after illustrating a slim yet controversial volume of erotic haikus entitled Mad Poetry.

“None of these modest literary efforts are exactly Milton,” says James. Hell, the one about Alec Salmond, is written on raffle tickets, but by reinterpreting them in paintings I feel I am creating something new and solely mine. Blatant Humour isn’t so common in art these days!”

The prints are mainly small to very small mezzotint engravings, a medium James returned to after a period of illness dictated a change in work practice. This involved the artist taking it easy in front of the fire, and working with pocket sized copper plates, a magnifying glass, and one tempered steel scraper/burnisher.

“Technically the prints are all Intaglio, that is to say, engravings or etchings in copper or steel,” explains James. “As a medium, I find mezzotint engraving has more sensitivity than any other and has limitless tonal possibilities; it is at once the simplest and most complex of printmaking techniques.

“The still lifes which include Lade Library, are inspired by my favourite haunts and hedgerows around my birthplace such as the field of Bannockburn, and there are also female nudes, seashells and flowers.

Gallery open Tuesday – Friday 10.30am – 5pm   Saturday 10.30 am – 3pm   Sunday Closed. Tel 0141 248 6386 gallery@royalglasgowinstitute.org

Artist biog

Born in Stirling, James studied at Edinburgh College of Art, exhibiting in mixed and solo shows worldwide, with his work held in public in public and private collections including, The Victoria & Albert Museum in London, The Hunterian Gallery in-Glasgow and The McMasters Museum in Toronto.





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