Exhibiting at Edinburgh’s Open Eye Gallery are two Scottish artists who closely examine the human form and take an interest in its behaviour.
Living and working in Edinburgh, David Martin aims to make work reflecting the state of the world; his particular interest is in travelling to parts of it where he can explore themes of global change and transformation. Spending time drawing, photographing and documenting everyday life, he uses the the material he gathers to create mixed-media paintings that layer the narrative element of personal encounter with worldly material, signs and imagery that point to broader themes that encompass contemporary geopolitical shifts and changes in society.
Working from his Glasgow studio, Graeme Wilcox’s subject matter is almost always the human figure (see image below), usually depicted in moments of reflection or emotion. Many of his recent paintings have been re-imaginings of people or events seen on his travels through the city and are an attempt to capture the strangeness and poignancy of people and everyday life. He often makes notes describing how people look and behave, which act as aides-memoire for future work. Sitting somewhere within contemporary realism, the paintings, in oil, often depict a figure in a realistic manner against a blank or minimal background suggestive of some urban space. Wilcox is interested in creating a subtle sense of movement or vibration within a painting, using a hint of blurring to contrast with the more static, realist paint handling employed elsewhere.