Recurring Figures at Roger Billcliffe Gallery

James McNaught, 'Zazza and her Petticoats of Scarlet', gouache
James McNaught, 'Zazza and her Petticoats of Scarlet', gouache

James McNaught: Looking for Ariadne, Ronald F Smith: Painting Colour

Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:30; Thu 10:00 - 19:00, Sat 11:00 - 15:00

From: 13 Apr 2023

To: 13 May 2023

Roger Billcliffe Gallery
185b Bath Street
Glasgow & the Clyde Valley
G2 4HU

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Glasgow’s Roger Billcliffe Gallery is showing two artists whose work recalls the mystery of the Mediterranean in highly-contrasting ways.

James McNaught paints in gouache and watercolour with a delicate touch and a faultless technique. His witty and enigmatic paintings have an obsessive quality, depicting a surreal, brooding, slightly threatening world, often unnervingly quiet and inhabited sporadically by mysterious recurring figures.

Most of Ronald F Smith’s paintings in this small collection are based on observation and memory following a trip to Corfu. He says, ‘They are not scenic representations, but responses to places visited. It’s more about personal vision. Seeing the vivid colour and strong light of the Mediterranean/Ionian Sea is always stimulating and a dramatic contrast to the subdued light and colour of the west of Scotland.’

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