Kirstin Heggie, 'Summer Seas', acrylic on board
Kirstin Heggie, 'Summer Seas', acrylic on board

Kirstin Heggie Takes Us Beyond at Dundas Street Gallery

Exhibition Reviews

Title:
Beyond – Abstract landscapes by Kirstin Heggie

Dates:
18 Sep 2020 – 23 Sep 2020

Times:
11:00 - 18:00

Venue:
Dundas Street Gallery
6 Dundas Street
Edinburgh
6 Dundas Street Edinburgh EH3 6HZ
EH3 6HZ

Kirstin Heggie is a jewellery maker and artist based in South Queensferry. She specialises in non-representational land and seascapes and this new work entitled Beyond, ‘focuses on memories of places I’ve been, or imaginings of places I would like to visit.I enjoy using colour, texture and line to create my own version of what I see in a landscape.’ The iconic historic town of South Queensferry, with views of the three Forth bridges, is a constant source of inspiration. She often goes down to the seashore to sketch, as in Harbour Mist, with its line of round buoys bobbing on the water and vague shapes of boats under a hazy sky.

Kirstin Heggie, 'Harbour Mist', acrylic on board
‘Harbour Mist’, acrylic on board

Kirstin has a great affinity with the west coast of Scotland, captivated by the vast seas off the mainland and around the islands. Capturing the stormy weather in the panoramic scene, Light on the Water, you can just see the sharp, shaft of rain is a stunning, dark, dramatic composition. 

Kirstin Heggie, 'Light on the Water', acrylic on board
‘Light on the Water’, acrylic on board

Likewise in Winter Seas, the expanse of rough, rolling waves makes you feel that you are on a boat, far out in the midst of the ocean.  The thick brush strokes of layered acrylic paint is most effective to create the fierce foam of white horses. 

Kirstin Heggie, 'Winter Seas', acrylic on board
‘Winter Seas’, acrylic on board

With more of an abstract structure, the navy blue, turquoise and white blocks in Navigate presents more of an imaginary vision of seascape, where the eye is drawn to the streak of light on the horizon.  Rather like the rugged shape of Staffa, there’s a dreamlike quality to  Island, as if both a distant place and long lost memory. 

Kirstin Heggie, 'Navigate', acrylic on board
‘Navigate’, acrylic on board

The swirling colours in diffused shades of lime, Tiffany blue and salmon pink in Stormy Skies, create a soft golden twilight glow, with Monet-esque shimmer.

Kirstin Heggie, 'Stormy Skies', acrylic and oil bar on board
Kirstin Heggie, ‘Stormy Skies’, acrylic and oil bar on board

Over the Yellow Fields is simply structured in two blocks to denote the grey sky and mustard-coloured corn or rape field, yet evokes the rural tranquillity with subtle detail. The chill of winter snow in Strata, a richly textured landscape of river, hills and trees, is most atmospheric.

Kirstin Heggie, 'Over the Yellow Fields', acrylic on board
‘Over the Yellow Fields’, acrylic on board
Kirstin Heggie, 'Strata', acrylic on board
Kirstin Heggie, ‘Strata’, acrylic on board

There are also mini landscapes on square blocks, suitable for hanging on a wall or standing on a shelf – delightful, decorative and very reasonably priced.

Complementing Kirstin’s impressive, impressionistic view of the natural world is a collection of ceramics by Wayne Galloway. Based in Fife, he is also inspired by the coastline, experimenting with glazed, pit and smoke-fired surfaces using locally collected materials such as charming polished birds’ eggs in wooden nests.  

If you are unable to visit Dundas Street Gallery this week, Kirstin Heggie’s paintings and jewellery will be on show at her gallery, Allium, 4A Hopetoun Rd, South Queensferry EH30 9RA

Note: Please wear a face covering  – masks and sanitiser available at the door – with a limit of six people in the gallery at one time.

Main image: Kirstin Heggie, ‘Summer Seas’, acrylic on board

With grateful thanks to Vivien Devlin for this review.