Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh: Neil Macdonald, Andrew Squire, Disa Allsopp, Jacqueline Leighton Boyce

Andrew Squire, Still Life With Mouse, mixed media
Andrew Squire, Still Life With Mouse, mixed media

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Until 23rd November (Andrew Squire, Disa Allsop) and 25th November (Neil Macdonald, Jacqueline Leighton Boyce)

Edinburgh’s Open Eye Gallery has a varied November exhibition programme comprising artists Neil Macdonald and Andrew Squire, jeweller Disa Allsopp and ceramicist Jacqueline Leighton Boyce.

Neil Macdonald PAI RGI RSW’s exhibition Of Time and Place showcases an artist drawn to locations abundant with historic and mythic presence, and particularly engaged with Scottish history and the evidence of its previous peoples. Exploring the lyrical narrative of natural sites and strong bold shapes offered by castles, churches, old townships and harbours, and through the distortion of perspective, invention and editing, Macdonald reimagines the subjects he paints, aiming to capture an essence of the structure or place in its previous glory. This collection conveys enjoyment of the landscape and human interaction with the land in the Northern Isles, Orkney in particular.

In his exhibition Showcase, Andrew Squire‘s naive and beautifully composed paintings draw inspiration from his surroundings on the edge of the elemental and diverse Northwest Highlands. Squire plays with familiar icons of birds, beasts and human myth blended with more ambiguous, abstracted pieces drawn from the textures and forms of the Highland landscape, creating thoughtful and contemplative paintings which hint at not only his own environmental concerns but the subconscious which lies beyond.

Jacqueline Leighton Boyce presents a showcase of new narrative hand-built ceramics inspired by the organic landscapes of Exmoor. Jacqueline’s work is uncomplicated and intended to simply portray love for this particular environment. The work is fairly personal and solitary, displaying a simple and sometimes romantic narrative taken from regularly walking in and around Exmoor. Crucial to Jacqueline’s work is that the audience is clear of the roots, process and materials used in their creation, by allowing the clay to show itself she demonstrates rawness and the immediacy from which it is created. Layers of colours and illustrations are created using slips, underglazes, glazes and lustres, which creates a uniquely hand-crafted aesthetic.

Disa Allsop is showing new hand-made jewellery in gold and silver using vibrant, colourful semi-precious gemstones. Disa was born in London and grew up in Barbados, which especially influenced her jewellery designs, visible in her use of colourful gemstones.  She exhibits internationally, and incorporates lemon quartz, citrines, garnets and aquamarines with precious metal which has been reticulated, hammered and forged to create an ancient feel to her work and enhances the surface of each piece.

34 Abercromby Place
Edinburgh EH3 6QE

Image: Andrew Squire – Still Life With Mouse, mixed media

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