Our Christmas exhibitions opened with a very busy and happy Private View. So many people said that they thought this was James Fullarton’s best ever show with us – and I have to agree. The range, consistency and sheer bravura of the work make a splendid collection that is already proving very popular with our clients.
The Winter Design Collection also made its mark with a wide range of elegant jewellery, metalwork and exciting sculpture from Liz Ellis and Elizabeth Waugh. It’s difficult – and perhaps a little invidious – to select particular makers but Alan Craxford is on superlative form and Carolyn Stephenson, Samantha Moore and Kathryn Hinton are showing exciting and covetable pieces in silver. Not to be missed are Dean Patman’s quirky creatures, constructed from objets trouvés which are attracting a lot of attention in our windows, which are festooned with winter garlands.
The upstairs galleries are not neglected. Effectively a survey of the last six months of gallery exhibitions they include new pieces from Christine McArthur, Frances Macdonald, Ethel Walker, Peter Graham alongside selections from recent shows from Jock MacInnes, Mhairi Mcgregor, Davie Smith, Norman Edgar and James McNaught – a reprise for those of you who saw these shows earlier but had been holding off until Christmas.
For the last ten years or so we have usually devoted our Christmas painting slot to a solo show, but this year half of our first floor gallery is given over to a ‘traditional’ Christmas display of small paintings. I’ve said it before, but there really is something for everybody here. Over 80 small paintings from many of our Gallery Artists – landscapes, still life, figurative – a terrific display. For more details click here