Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh is showcasing the work of artist Sam Ainsley, who has exerted a major influence on a generation of Glasgow art students by co-founding Glasgow School of Art‘s Master of Fine Art course, and continuing to produce powerful images as an independent painter and printmaker.
The Northumberland-born artist exhibits socialist and feminist roots, ‘boldly overwritten with a powerful Scottish cultural identity’ and became known for her series of banners to celebrate the then-new Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and banners representing the circle of women protesters at Greenham Common air base in 1985.
Elected to the Royal Scottish Academy in 2017, she was inducted into the the Saltire Society as an ‘Outstanding Woman of Scotland’ and is part of a collaborative group aiming to persuade public institutions of the vital importance of the arts to our society. In 2018 The Glasgow School of Art awarded her an Honorary Doctorate (D.Litt) for her contribution to art and art education.
The full exhibition will also launch on the Scottish Arts Club’s website, on 4th Sep at 6:30 pm and remaining on show throughout Sep and Oct. An exhibition preview afternoon will be held on Wednesday 2nd Sep – free tickets can be reserved on Eventbrite, by phoning 0131 229 8157 or by emailing email@example.com.
Image: ‘Icelandic tapestry fire and ice’