'Work In Progress' at Peacock Visual Arts!

The current show at Peacock Visual Arts looks at "Work In Progress" with a selection of prints crafted by Peacocks own master print maker Michael Waight and assistant James Vass on behalf of some incredible artists. With such a rich history in the print making world its great to celebrate with a bang up to date selection of work

As with their 40th Anniversary show 'Work In Progress' is a chance to celebrate the past while also looking to the future as they continue to work and build up new relations with established and up & coming artists. The main gallery space showcases a fine selection of prints and some large scale pieces while the reception gallery space exposes some fine prints created by local artists at Peacocks. Being short on time I only took a couple of phone snaps but did enjoy a chat with Print Curator David McCracken about the work on show and things to come at Peacocks. 

After another busy year 'Work In Progress' is the perfect way to cap it off, a chance to take stock, showcase some incredible work and settle in for the impending darkness that comes with Winter in Scotland but it just means the splashes of colour will stand out all the more in the gallery! As I always say you're best to check it out yourself by popping down to Peacocks and seeing things in the flesh as the colours and details never quite come over in photos.
You can keep up to date of the various things happening at Peacocks via Facebook and have a scroll through my own archive of past events and shows here.

'Snowblind Eyes' by Catherine Ross @ Newave Gallery!

A few months back I sat down with painter Catherine Ross to discuss work in her latest exhibition 'Snowblind Eyes' which took place at Newave Gallery in Aberdeen. Since graduating from Grays School of Art Catherine has been appearing in group shows up and and down the country with work in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Newcastle and London. The Newave show marks the first solo show from this talented painter so it seemed like a good point to take stock of where Catherines ideas have evolved from and where she might go next!

Catherine was a great person to chat with, speaking about her past, family history and how it fed into her ideas and paintings. Its almost a shame I didn't leave the camera rolling throughout as we also had a less informal chat about everything covered in the video and more which helped me gain a real insight to the work, its attachement to her beloved Canada, the ideas of freedom and a yearning for the nomad life as epitomised by the teepee models and the desire to find something new or better, escaping the confines of the present to search out a different future in the boats.

'Snowblind Eyes' was a great starting point for Catherine who is already well established winning numerous awards and accolades since finishing at Grays and with more shows lined up in 2016 she's one to watch! Charming, elegant and with a deeper beauty to be found, Catherine should go far and I can't wait to see what she does next! 

Find out more about Catherines work on her website, and twitter.  

One Night in Paris!

Its been a slow old time for the blog and not due to a lack of interesting things happening both in Aberdeen and beyond what with the Graphic Design Festival Scotland just wrapped up, a plethora of cool exhibitions between Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee like Thype, the Hideyuki Katsumata exhibition and TIPA 2015 is about to kick off tonight at Peacocks! But I've been preoccupied with demoloshing and rebuilding my new flat, a job thats kinda taken over my life but the end is in sight, first world problems eh!  

Thankfully just before I got the keys to the building site I managed to squeeze in a short city break to the city of light. Paris was beautiful, interesting, hot and more than I'd expected. 3 days wasn't really long enough to see everything or do everything we wanted to but I guess its as good a reason as any to go back! You can check out some snaps below, the apartmet was especially photo worthy and of course a few standard tourist snaps like Notre Dame and Montmartre but I skipped the photos from our dinner next to the Eiffel Tower. Here's hoping I can squeeze in a few more adventures before the year is out!