Take shelter from the cold, drab Glasgow winter in Compass Gallery’s delightful showroom. With the gallery’s fifty-year anniversary coming up, this winter exhibition has an extensive selection of both established Glasgow greats and promising newcomers on show. Devoted to supporting each generation of Scotland’s most promising art school graduates, Compass Gallery is sure to entice both experienced collectors and first-time buyers with works in a range of media. The works are offered at varying prices and include some of Glasgow’s favourites such as James Tweedie, Jennifer Anderson, Marta Sienkiewicz and many more.
Unlikely juxtapositions are Compass Gallery’s forte, between established and new, sculpture and painting, vibrant and soft, the list goes on. What particularly struck me when visiting the exhibition early December, was a corner which was cohabited by Anna Geerdes’ The Leeks They Are Drowning and Naoko Shibuya’s Harvest Moon in September. The works by the accomplished Anna Geerdes and the up-and-coming Naoko Shibuya seem so speak to each other in their graceful treatment of natural subjects. Though wildly different in format and composition, both artists share an eye for the interplay of colours and patterns.
As a charity, Compass Gallery is deeply invested in making art accessible to anyone. As the gallery’s owner Jill Gerber herself states, the gallery’s inviting and “homely” front-room allows visitors to imagine the displayed works as they would hang in their own homes. So head on down to Blythswood Square in Glasgow’s city centre, down the steps and into the tranquil refuge amongst artists old and new which Compass Gallery provides.