Category Archives: Art

Art in Europe, from street art to art museums.

Now Three at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Edinburgh

The third instalment of the Now contemporary art exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh runs until 16 September 2018.

Jenny Saville’s paintings dominate the exhibition. Not just because of their large than life human subjects, but the gallery space given over to Saville’s work.

I was less keen on Saville’s most recent paintings. They had lots of what looked like scribbles all over them.

I loved Catherine Street’s work, which isn’t that surprising, given that I am a fan of collage.

I also liked Sara Barker’s fusion of painting and metal sculpture.

Catherine Borland’s foam sculptures weren’t my cup of tea.

I liked Robin Rhode’s colourful pieces, which adorned the walls of the corridor.

If you’re a fan of contemporary art, I recommend a visit to the Now Three exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Art. Its’ free to enter and the gallery is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.

Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition 2018

The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) Annual Exhibition in Edinburgh runs until 6 June 2018.

There’s an admission charge of £6 for adults (£4 for concessionary tickets). This price includes a catalogue. However, you can get free entry on Mondays, but you have to pay £3 if you wish to have a catalogue.

Below are some of my favourite pieces from the RSA Annual Exhibition 2018.

I really enjoyed the RSA Annual Exhibition 2018.

Bird-land by Simon Ward at Patriothall Edinburgh

Simon Ward’s Bird-land ceramics exhibition runs until 20 May 2018 at the Patriothall Gallery in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh. Opening times are Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 5pm.

I was looking forward to seeing this exhibition, as I recently completed a ceramics course at the Stirling campus of Forth Valley College. I wasn’t disappointed. I loved Simon’s work.

Revealing Characters & Face to Face at McManus Galleries in Dundee

The Revealing Characters and Face to Face exhibitions runs at the McManus in Dundee until 20 May 2018.

Below are photos of my favourites pieces at the exhibitions,

 False Posiive, False Negative by Jane and Louise Wilson

Young Man in Landscape by Robert Colquhoun

Sacrifice by David Cook

Uphill by Lex Braes

2 Local Sporting Heroes: Liz McCougan & Jackie ‘Jock’ Gordon

Father by Simon Reekie 

Self-portrait by Margaret Milne

It’s free to visit the exhibitions. The McManus Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10.00 to 17.00 and Sunday 12.30 to !6.30.

Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness at Dundee Contemporary Arts

The Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness exhibition runs until the 27 May 2018 at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA).

It is a exhibition of works by various artists, curated by John Walter.

I really liked the exhibition. There were several colourful sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle, whose work I have saw at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice, France.

Andrew Logan’s sculptures, constructed with broken tiles, mirrors, jewels, resin and glitter, appealed to me. The head in the cage below reminded me of Louise Bourgeois’ cells, which I’ve seen at Tate Modern in London. Although Logan’s subject looked a lot happier, and more glamourous, than the occupants of Bourgeois’ cells.


If you’re in Dundee, why not take a look at Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness at DCA. It’s free to enter. It’s open every day from 10.00 to 18.00, with late opening until 20.00 on Thursday. My Dad is a fan of the Jute Cafe Bar at DCA.

Hidden Gems at City Art Centre Edinburgh

The Hidden Gems exhibition at Edinburgh’s City Art features some less well known pieces. Its’s free to enter and the exhibition runs until 13 May 2018.

Below are my favourites at the Hidden Gems show.

The first three are tapestries.

Relief (739) by Louise Hopkins

Cockerel by Archie Brennan

El Greco by Alice Hannigan

I liked the bold white outline of the head in the piece below.

Head of a Woman by Anthony Hatwell

I’ve seen many sculptures by Henry Moore, by not many paintings.

Upright Motives by Henry Moore

I was interested in the two screen prints below, as I have been attending screen printing evening classes at my local college.

The Romance of the Civil Service by R B Kitaj

Seated Figure by Frank Auerbach

Mixed media on canvas was used to create the piece below.

Vainish I by William Dick

Aberdeenshire Landscape by David Morrison Buyers

The Sou’Westers, Arbroath by Morris Grassie

This Stoney Rubbish, The Son of Man by William Crosbie

Visiting the Dovecoat Studios in Edinburgh

If you are interested in art, especially textiles, I recommend a visit to the Dovecoat Studios in Edinburgh. They are located in Infirmary Street, around a ten minute walk from Waverley Railway Station. The building was formerly a public baths.

I loved the installation in the stairwell.

There’s a viewing gallery where you can look down on the works in progress in the weaving studio. There’s also information on various commissions on the walls of the viewing gallery.

There’s usually an exhibition. When I visited it was Daughers of Penelope, which showcased the work of female weavers and artists. There’s also a cafe at the Dovecoat Studios.

Carmen Thyssen Museum Malaga Spain

In the Spanish city of Malaga, most museums are free to enter on Sunday in the late afternoon/evening. I was torn between the Picasso Museum and the Carmen Thyssen. Both museums were free from 5pm, the Picasso closed at 7pm and the Carmen Thyssen at 8pm. I’d been warned that I might have to queue for more than 30 minutes to get into either museum. As I didn’t want to stand in queues for more than one hour, I decided to stick to one, the Carmen Thyssen, in order to see the work of a variety of Spanish artists.

I had to queue for 40 minutes to get into the Carmen Thyssen. It appeared that the staff were only permitting a few visitors to enter every few minutes.

Below are some of my favourites pieces from the permanent collection at the Carmen Thyssen.

Carmen en Malaga by Mercedes Lasarte

Landscape at Hernrn by Dario do Regoyos

Avila by Aureliano de Beruete y Moret

Seascape: View of the Bay of Palma de Mallorca by Antonio Munoz Degrain

Rocks at Javea and the White Boat by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida

Flamenco Dance by Ricard Canals i Llambi

Valencians by Julia Vila y Prades

Cattle Fair at Salamanca by Franscisco Iturrino

Composition Nude by Celso Lagar

The Baths at Seville by Francesco Iturrino

I could see similarities between some of the pieces at the Carmen Thyssen and paintings by the Scottish Colourist John Fergusson, one of which you can see below.

At My Studio Window at the Fergusson Gallery in Perth, Scotland

Landscape at Dusk with Denatzaris by Valentin de Zubiaurre

I had read that the Carment Thyssen had a roof terrace, so went out there to have a seat and a break.

Even if you are not into art, it’s worth visiting the Carmen Thyssen on a Sunday evening to sit on the terrace, between the flowers and under the huge bell tower.

The Port of Malaga by Manuel Barron y Carillo

Atrium of St Paula Convent by Manyuel Garcia Rodriguez

The Cordoba Fair by Julio Romero de Torres

Courting Spanish Style by Jose Garcia Ramos

Dance for the Priest by Juan Garcia Ramos

I happily spent two hours at the Carmen Thyssen and left feeling vindicated in the choice to focus on one free museum.