'Fortezza' Simon Laurie RSW RGI

RGI | Open Annual Exhibition | The Mitchell

Open Annual Exhibition – Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow
Exhibition running from November 12 – 27

Moving from sharp charcoal draughtsmanship to loose, vibrant colours it’s hard not to be enthralled as you stroll through the new Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Exhibition at The Mitchell.

The carefully selected show has been curated to display the depth and breadth of Scotland’s emerging and established talent. It’s a journey of discovery since there’s no theme or constructed narrative. Each work has been chosen on merit alone, so edgy sculptures sit by mulchy seascapes while pristine, note perfect portraits share space with wild splashy impressions. But the overall mood is one of celebration – so much heightened, pulsating talent in one space, all vying for the viewer’s attention, all aiming for some kind of core truth.

Extraordinary detailed works by Alice McMurrough, Heather Nevay are hung alongside loose shimmering strokes by Marta Utsler, Ian Cook and Robert D Murray, while the almost photographic realism of Jacqueline Marr compliments loose, classically tender portraits by Lana Svirejeva. All serve to illustrate the cacophony of styles that are thriving in contemporary Scottish art.

And the works are all for sale. But how do you choose which canvas, collage or sculpture will one day be recognised as an absolute winner?Sadly there’s no formula for picking great art other than taste, but I’d bet that this room has at least fifteen works that will survive their authors by decades if not centuries. But which? Take your pick. And if you don’t have a heaving chequebook it’s still a fantastically nourishing day out.

Pic: A work by Simon Laurie