Owen Normand - Paper Sails (Detail)
Owen Normand - Paper Sails (Detail)

Leith School of Art: Owen Normand – The Cut

Until 14th December

The Cut is an exhibition of paintings by Owen Normand, BP Portrait Award winner and lecturer at Leith School of Art.

In ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, the cut is highly symbolic. By cutting the flower from its roots and initiating its death, one is bringing its fragile and fleeting nature to the fore and celebrating its essence.

The Cut also refers to the artist’s minimal style of still-life painting, where anything superfluous to the meaning of the painting is cut away. Owen is very interested in the Japanese term kire-tsuzuki (cut – continuity), which refers to a cut’s dual nature: how it creates a threshold and can be a joining device as well as one of separation. For instance, the cut is used to join and separate scenes simultaneously in a film.

Owen is inspired by connections between the ideas of fragility and transience in vanitas and momento mori paintings in Western art history and similar ideas in Japanese aesthetics. This exhibition brings together paintings from the last few years, all painted from life, either en plein air in Italy or in his Edinburgh studio.

25 North Junction Street
Edinburgh EH6 6HW

Image: Owen Normand – Paper Sails (Detail)