Annan Galler, 164 Woodlands Road, Glasgow
Exhibition running until October 9
Open Tue-Sat 10am-5.30pm, Sun 12-4pm
Coast Lines. A stunning riot of autumnal hues at the Annan Gallery
There’s still time to catch Beth Robertson Fiddes’ luscious and vibrant exhibition at the Annan Gallery on Woodlands Road, Glasgow. Powerfully bold and evocative images on suitably large canvases bring the drama and splendour of the Scottish countryside indoors.
Beth hails from Tiree in the Highlands and works in a variety of media (often on the same canvas) to capture the vivid scale and intensity of her native landscapes and seascapes. From expressive scratchy orange hills imbued with deep ochres and reds to the intense luminosity of her yawning misty seascapes, she displays an innate understanding of nature’s underlying structures and the expansive range of colours our surroundings are vying to reveal. The paintings, expertly framed by the gallery and hung for maximum impact, radiate a riot of autumnal tones which burst from every wall.
Fiddes shapes her images in layers, building depth and texture using paper collage and thin washes, sometimes adorned with thick impasto acrylic, oils, and perky punchy inks. Each work pulses with atmosphere, capturing the physical contours of rock, sea or glen – feeling wildly spontaneous yet strangely exactly detailed. It’s a multi-coloured impressionistic representation that, to anyone who has walked these cliffs, riversides or beaches, feels somehow more real than realism.
The show runs until October 9. See the online catalogue at the link here for lots of scrumptious examples.