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.’