Pomegranates and Pears by Gwen Adair


Oil on Board
Image Size: 30cm x 30cm
Framed Size: 50cm x 50cm

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Gwen Adair

Glasgow School of Art: BA(Hons) Graphics and Illustration 1988
Glasgow School of Art: Postgraduate Diploma 1989

Jordanhill College of Education: (Strathclyde University)………PGCE 1993

Community Artist, Glasgow, from 1990 – 1993

Art & Design Teacher, Dumfries Academy, 1993 – present (Chartered Teacher since 2010)

Selected Exhibitions

McGill Duncan Gallery, Castle Douglas

Face to Face Exhibition Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries;

Art Exposure, Glasgow

Gallery Q, Dundee

Frames Gallery, Perth

Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright

Moy Mackay Gallery, Peebles

Laurel Gallery, Edinburgh

Cut the Mustard, Langholm

Number 4 Gallery, St Abbs

Velvet Easel Gallery, Portobello

Glasgow Art Fair, with Gallery Q

ArTay with Frames Gallery, Perth

Gwen Adair says: “My recent work has explored various themes but the human figure always predominates. I am fascinated by the way the disposition of figures can create a story in the mind of the viewer, which possibly comes from my training as an illustrator. The arrangement of several figures creates challenges in how to balance positive and negative shapes and the spaces between them. Images have sometimes been chosen to appeal to memories we share from childhood, or to explore stereotypes and contradictions. In my most recent work I have been looking at performers; I am drawn to their enigmatic lifestyles as much as to their costumes. Clowns and dancers with make-up masking their expressions are figures full of intrigue, sinister and exciting, drawing you into their world like the faeries in ancient folk-lore.

Birds began to appear alongside the performers, and have now become a subject in themselves, as their colours, shapes and textures are lovely to paint. There is also something knowing about birds. Still life painting demands a balance of pattern and shape, and gives scope for exploring colour. My themes are quite traditional, and I tend to work quickly in an “alla prima” fashion. Hopefully this gives a certain spontaneity to the work. I strongly believe that the paint should be part of the painting, and that the marks themselves should add to the image, so I use square brushes and knives to build texture.”