The seasonal exhibitions are all ready to view now at Roger Billcliffe Gallery in Glasgow, with a preview launch on 25th November. Christine McArthur: Selection Box showcases how her work is always evolving, in a wide variety of media, all underwritten by her innate drawing skill and sense of design, with texture and colour always at the heart of her work. This exhibition ranges from free and immediate floral studies and still-lifes in watercolour to her signature embroideries (which first appeared in her student diploma show in 1974) and much sought after collages.
Also showing until 24th Dec is a selection of paintings by James McNaught, whose delicate, gouache paintings have an obsessive quality. Witty and enigmatic, they depict an erotic, fetishistic and intensely private world. McNaught (b. Glasgow, 1948) says his earliest memory of a painting is by Pablo Picasso of a lady who he firmly believed to be his mother. In 1966, without any formal qualifications, he was accepted unconditionally to Glasgow School of Art, where he studied until 1970 and where, he says, he would have been happy to stay for the rest of his life. An admirer of many artists, in particular George Grosz, Hans Bellmer, Chaim Soutine and Paul Delvaux, he is now retired from teaching.
In addition, the Gallery is showing an exhibition of elegant drypoints by Chris Allan and a selection of new work by its regular artists, including James Fullarton, Neil Macdonald, Ann Oram, Matthew Draper, Saul Robertson and Amy Dennis, plus the Gallery’s regular Christmas design exhibition, jewellery, sculpture, glass, carvings and ceramics.