Ottersburn Gallery in Dumfries is showing an interesting exhibition bringing together three painters who are, simply, old friends. James Macaulay, Hugh Bryden and Tom Lindsay have differing approaches to painting: Hugh has always enjoyed making still life paintings for his own pleasure and that of others, influenced especially by Spanish 17th Century still life painting, and has painted various objects of significance to him and family over the course of lockdown; Tom bases his work on the natural environment, always working outdoors with some alla prima (wet-on-wet) work in his studio, simplifying or reducing the painting before returning to the original location to work further into them, sometimes repeatedly until satisfied with the result; James, who used to be in art education before becoming a full-time artist, paints mainly landscapes and seascapes using recurrent themes of weather and light. Attracted to depicting brooding skies over land and sea, he uses the contrast of turbulent and placid water, often focusing on the effects of diffuse sunlight, and has exhibited widely.
Works can be purchased via the Gallery’s website. Visits are by appointment.
Image: Hugh Bryden, ‘Pears’, acrylic on panel