Scottish artist Blythe Scott’s first display of paintings at Edinburgh’s Morningside Gallery took place behind locked doors – only visible from the street outside, through the Gallery’s window. Now that lockdown restrictions have eased, the Gallery is showing large solo exhibition of Blythe’s work – Come A Little Closer, comprising around 35 paintings ranging from large-scale Edinburgh skylines to smaller east coast harbour scenes and ‘dreamscapes’.
A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, Scott is interested in Edinburgh’s architecture, her semi-abstract cityscapes reflecting her emotional response to the city rather than being an exact representation. Created thousands of miles away on Vancouver Island, they are the result of a palette tinged with nostalgia, not clinging too closely to reality and resulting in a pleasing blend of fact and fiction. Her Hootenanny series of fireworks paintings is particularly vigorous and colourful.