Paint and Pastel at Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Michael Hepburn, 'Echoes of Venice – St Mark’s Square'
Michael Hepburn, 'Echoes of Venice – St Mark’s Square'

Robert Wilson: Diverse Identities, Michael Hepburn: The Art of the Pastel

Mon - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

From: 2 Sep 2023

To: 28 Oct 2023

Beacon Arts Centre
Custom House Quay
Glasgow & the Clyde Valley
PA15 1HJ

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The Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock is showing two contrasting exhibitions, by pastel artist Michael Hepburn and portrait painter Robert Wilson.

Aiming to produce a warm, naturalistic effect, Michael Hepburn, whose work is pictured above, prefers pastels because of the wide range of pre-mixed colours and the soft appearance of the finished work. He says: ‘The variety of pastel colours provides me with a greater sense of creativity. Working across different genres and locations stimulates my imagination. From the Clyde coast and Hebridean Islands to Paris and Venice each location has its own unique characteristics.’

Robert Wilson, whose work is pictured below, is fascinated by how the face is a synthesis of colours, tones, lines, marks, layers, folds and abstract shapes. He says, ‘From a distance my paintings appear representational, but close-up the viewer can explore the application of the medium that builds each portrait.’

Robert Wilson, 'Katie Archibald'
Robert Wilson, ‘Katie Archibald’


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