Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I have put the "Curiosities" Catalogue (A4 book) on eBay in the "buy now" category if anyone would like to purchase one they could use pay pal. It means if I have some in the studio it could be winging its way to you ASAP, if not it takes about 3 or 4 days for photobox to produce it and send to me. Either way its probably a more convenient way to purchase the catalogue.
Here is the URL for the eBay page:
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
A few of you may have noticed the RSW after my name. It refers to the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours. I was elected in 1995 and have been an active participant in the life of the society, elected twice to council (now on my second stint) and have helped to hang numerous annual exhibitions. I have also had the honour of being Exhibition convener twice (basically in charge of the hang in the gallery) and thoroughly recommend viewing our annual exhibition, (if you can), it is a lot less traditional than most watercolour societies.
The reason for the inclusion on the blog is that the RSW website has been updated and I thought you may be interested in having a look at it:
The theme behind my next one man show in the Open Eye centres around my collection of objects, which collectively, are what I would like to call "curiosities" . Here is the small blurb which is going to be used in conjunction with the work:
Angus McEwan RSW
Open Eye Gallery
Over 300 years ago the foundation of Natural History as a science relied heavily on its partnership with art. Voyages of discovery were undertaken by scientists and artists in a symbiotic relationship to discover and collect “curiosities” of the natural world. This urge to travel and to discover has been a particular theme explored by many artists from many generations. The birth of photography and the development of scientific progress have changed the artist’s role from observer and recorder of the Natural world to that of opinionated commentator. Watching on the sidelines passively to proactively participating in and shaping society.
The role of the artist has been liberated from the bonds of representation and yet many like me find the greatest satisfaction in recording accurately and having an opinion. Perhaps, the best of both worlds.
I travel because I enjoy the “buzz” of discovering something new for myself. I don’t go to any place with a preconceived idea of what I will see or more importantly use. I try to let my natural curiosity guide me to whatever I find interesting at that particular point in time. I collect anything that appeals to me on my journeys and through time have amassed quite a number of curiosities of my own. These in conjunction with drawings, paintings and photography, have very often ended up as images which contain numerous elements of my journeys. Many of my paintings reflect my natural desire to record and observe, others reflect my opinions and points of view sometimes they contain both.
The paintings themselves through the creative process become curiosities in their own right.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Under siege, watercolour on paper, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
As i said a few days ago I would occasionally deliver a "sneak" view of some of the work going into the Open eye Gallery, Edinburgh in October. Well here is the next installment.
This painting is also a watercolour produced on the smooth Kahdi paper. I bought two pieces to try out. I loved the size and the irregular/deckled edge makes it look more like a scraping from a wall than a well executed modern offering. The paper, as I said on the last post was rather heavily sized for my liking, ( each layer would quite easily disturb the layer underneath making it difficult to produce smooth transitional layers) but i found a way around it.
The image itself will be of no great surprise to those who have been following my work. This piece is taken from my recent trip to Venice, Italy. I t shows a window slowly being revealed as the sun moves across the sky towards its zenith. Its the colour, texture, shapes and shadows that appeal to me in particular with this painting.
Friday, August 01, 2008
Well I keep trying to keep up with this blogging effort but sadly real life keeps pulling me back.
I have been working fairly hard for my show on October 18Th 2008, at the Open Eye gallery, Edinburgh. I thought I would drip feed you with some pieces from the show.
This painting is rather personal to me. The title refers to my parents experience of living in the States for the past 24 years. In May this year my father died in California, leaving my mother and brother to continue living and working in Los Angeles. He will be sadly missed as any parent would be, his "new life" living in Californian has now faded and subsequently changed for my mother.
The painting itself shows a child's windmill, with its bright garish colours. On the right hand side is a billboard with faded posters, some relating to the era of by gone days when going to the Americas was preferential for many families from Scotland during the Highland clearances.
There isn't any collage on this piece, its all painted on smooth Kadhi watercolour paper (over sized a little, which made it difficult to work with) with sennelier and old Holland watercolours.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
The Carpenter, watercolour on Paper, 95.5 x 75.5cm
Funnily enough both pieces have a religious theme, not that I am particularly religious in any shape or form, but somehow its creeping into my work.
"...and the word was lost", watercolour on paper, 39 x 38cm
The painting above, the ripped poster, is a subject I am exploring fully at the moment. The use of lettering and graphic imagery is also starting to show face. There is much more to come. I promise not to let you wait so long the next time.