Claire Harkess Takes Us Outside at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh

Claire Harkess, 'The Buzz of Midsummer', 2021, watercolour
Claire Harkess, 'The Buzz of Midsummer', 2021, watercolour

The Garden

Tue - Fri 11:00 - 16:00, Sat 11:00 - 14:00 by appointment

From: 3 Mar 2022

To: 26 Mar 2022

The Scottish Gallery
16 Dundas Street
Edinburgh & the Lothians

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Continuing its 180th anniversary year, The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh is hosting The Garden – an exhibition by Perthshire-based watercolourist Claire Harkess. The works are mostly of the immediate environment near her home and studio in Perthshire – a departure from her previous landscape work, prompted by Covid-related restrictions. Born in Ayr,  Harkess graduated from Glasgow School of Art in the 1990s and has concentrated on detailing in watercolour the fragile and delicately-balanced natural world, with its subtle colours, shapes and dynamics. She specialises in economical mark-making on fine Chinese and Japanese papers – influenced by a visit to China in 2007, she favours old oriental methods, such as the Japanese gold joinery technique of Kintsugi. Her exploration of the landscape employs the key ingredient of patience, hiding and waiting for nature to surprise her with its unannounced movements and variations – nestled in a friend’s garden chalet in a small Perthshire orchard.

Claire Harkess pictured working in her father's garden
Claire Harkess pictured working in her father’s garden

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