Jock McFadyen: Lost Boat Party at Dovecot Studios marks the artist’s 70th birthday year with over 20 recent, large paintings which describe the romance and grandeur of the Scottish landscape alongside the urban dystopia for which he is known.
The monumental work for which the exhibition is named is described by Christina Jansen, director of The Scottish Gallery, which co-presents the show, as ‘depicting a seaside fair which appears to have detached itself from the land and is slowly drifting out to sea. The metaphor for the human condition is unavoidable’.
Dovecot Studios has collaborated with McFadyen to make the Mallaig Commission, a new tapestry inspired by one of his paintings. McFadyen joins the likes of David Hockney, Graham Sutherland, Barbara Rae and Chris Ofili in working with Dovecot Studios, which were established in 1912 and have been at the vanguard of tapestry weaving for over a century.