This exhibition included several new pieces of work, including a collage of Glasgow Royal Concert Hall shown in public for the first time. The challenge of creating this work was to represent the architecture of this modern iconic building whilst highlighting its significant musical importance as a world class venue.
Glasgow’s world class music venue.
Photographs taken when the exhibition was installed.
The bicentenary of the birth of renowned Glasgow architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson was celebrated in 2017. As a tribute to this event, I also included two collages inspired by The Parthenon and The Acropolis in Athens, the Classical Greek architecture and design that so inspired Thomson, alongside several collages depicting the detailed features of Thomson’s buildings.
This exhibition was supported by Glasgow Doors Open Days 2017 and Glasgow Life.
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From 18th August until 8th October 2017, The Lighthouse in Glasgow was host to the ‘Lines Of Thought’ exhibition celebrating the genius and the bi-centinary of the birth of architect Alexander Thomson.
The exhibition could be viewed in Gallery One of The Lighthouse and displayed a selection of Thomson’s original drawings with artists and architects who interpreted his work in a range of mediums.
I was delighted to be invited, honoured to be taking part and privileged to be exhibiting alongside Thomson’s original drawings. This significant and major exhibition displayed many of Thomson’s work never seen in public before. It was a real treat and very exciting to be taking part in this event.
My collage chosen by the Alexander Thomson Society for the exhibition was inspired by Thomson’s stunning Holmwood House in Cathcart. Named Squares and Spirals, the collage reveals the detail from the frontage of the house and the interior tiles decorating the floors with other features.
The images below were photographed at the exhibition and include the collage named ‘Squares and Spirals.’
Holmwood Collage detail.
Once again Minton tiles feature in this collage alongside a pair of quirky chimney pots, typical of the attention to detail paid by the architect to all aspects of the building from the floor to the roof. The collage also features some carved wooden detail from a door inside the villa.
This view reveals the layers used in the centre section of the collage.
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In June 2017, Cass Art in Glasgow city centre hosted a solo exhibition of my kaleidoscopic collages inspired by architecture. I was joined by Christine Shaw who’s pop- up exhibition was inspired by the art and design of Japan.
Chris and I both studied textiles at Duncan Of Jordanstone College of Art Dundee and graduated within a year of each other. We have remained lifelong friends. This was the first time we had collaborated to organise and curate a joint exhibition. Although our careers went in different directions, our passion for art and design and in particular textiles was reflected in our work on display.
The images below give a snapshot of the work on display at the exhibition. The last two photographs are watercolours inspired by Glasgow architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson and were completed in the gallery, during the exhibition.
A selection of the intricately detailed pen and ink drawings. Each piece an individual .design
Posted in Architecture and Design, art and design, ARTchitecture, Cass Art, collage, Designs on Japan, Duncan of Jordanstone C of A., Dundee, Exhibitions, Glasgow, textile design, visual art
The Summer Exhibition celebrating the art work of the GSWA opened on Saturday 3rd June 2017 at The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum. I was delighted to be exhibiting with such established and talented women artists in an outstanding location.
Colours enhanced by the bold wall colour.
The renowned and influencial Glasgow architect Alexander Thomson , was born in the village of Balfron near Glasgow on 9th April 1817. He was the seventeenth of twenty children.
He never travelled abroad, spending most of his life in Victorian Glasgow.
As well as a superb creator and planner of buildings,Thomson was a deep thinker and religious man who’s work was influenced by Egyptian, Assyrian and notably Classical Greek design and architecture.
For more information about Thomson and the events being held to celebrate the bicentenary of his birth go to http://www.alexanderthomsonsociety.org where a programme of talks, walks and other celebrations for this year are detailed.
This image shows the detailed layering of a collage.
The design for this small collage was inspired by the beautiful decoration adorning the walls and floors of Holmwood House, Thomson’s villa masterpiece in Cathcart, Glasgow.
Many thanks to all those who attended the opening event of the exhibition in early November and to the steady number of visitors who came along to Argyle Street to view the show. Your support is greatly appreciated. I have a selection of new collage ideas which I will be developing over the next few months. I will be exhibiting again with new work in a city centre venue during June 2017. Details to follow…
The Tron Theatre in Glasgow’s historic Argyle Street is hosting an exhibition of collages in the theatre foyer and lounge areas to help celebrate the Doors Open Day Festival 2016. The areas are connected by a corridor linking the restaurant and bar areas with the theatre entrance. It is a pleasure to be exhibiting in such a prestigious location.
On display are 8 pieces including two of the Tron Steeple. The collages also represent the architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson and William Leiper.
The Tron Theatre lounge area where four collages are exhibited.
The largest collage on display is ‘Glasgow Street’. It is situated in the lounge area of the theatre. This collage depicts some elements of fourteen of the city’s finest and most significant architecture, creating an imaginary building and illustrating the diversity of cultures and religions reflected in the architectural styles. To assist the viewer to identify these features, a key to the building detail hangs alongside the art work.
You can view the collages at The Tron from Monday to Sunday, 10am till late, from Monday 12th September – Sunday 25th September 2016.
In the main foyer of the theatre are 4 collages including two of the Tron Steeple.
Posted in 2016 Festival of Architecture, Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, architecture, Architecture and Design, Buildings, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, collage, Doors Open Days 2016, Exhibitions, Glasgow architecture, The Tron Theatre
Tagged Alexander Greek Thomson, architecture, Art On The Hill Exhibition, buildings, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, collage art, Glasgow architecture, Templeton carpet factory, Tron Steeple, William Lieper
The Gateway Hall was a trolleybus powerhouse in a former life but is now used as a community and youth sports and health club. For Doors Open Days on Saturday 18th September, I am taking part in an interactive family event. I am also exhibiting a selection of architectural collage prints and and an original collage of Cathcart Baptist Church.
An alternative layout of the collage.
The layering technique of the collage can be seen in this detail.
The centre section of the collage.
The completed collage.
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Tagged buildings, Cathcart, collage art, Exhibitions in Glasgow, Glasgow architecture