RSA Edinburgh: Calum Colvin – Constructed Worlds

Dirty and Deity - archival digital print on Baryta FB paper mounted on Perspex

Until 2nd February

A graduate of London’s Royal College of Art, Calum Colvin RSA, OBE was born in Glasgow in 1961, earning an international reputation for challenging the boundaries of the photographic medium. Colvin’s achievements have been recognised by Tom Normand HRSA in his newly-published study of Colvin’s photography titled The Constructed Worlds of Calum Colvin: Symbol, Allegory, Myth.

Tying-in with the publication, this exhibition of Calum Colvin’s art is both a selected retrospective and a review of highlights from his oeuvre, and a survey of some of his finest photographic works. Colvin’s critically-acclaimed, elaborately-constructed photographs take in themes including art history, popular culture, literature and mythology, the tangled character of contemporary society, national identity and the potential catastrophe greeting human ambition. A painstaking compositional and technical process involves his famed trompe-l’oeil compositions going through film, digitisation and print onto paper or canvas.

Academicians’ Gallery,
Royal Scottish Academy,
Princes Street,
Edinburgh EH2 2EL

Image: Dirty and Deity – archival digital print on Baryta FB paper mounted on Perspex

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