The Torrance Gallery: Dronma Exhibition 2018

The exhibition is a collection of oil landscape impressions, enhanced stylistically by interesting abstract highlights. Dronma, a Glasgow-born contemporary artist, states that she has been infatuated with painting ever since she was 3 years old. She recreates the breathtaking landscapes of Scotland’s coastline from on location sketches and photographs, although for Dronma the most important stage of creating it to absorb the subject and allow yourself to be immersed in the surrounding environment in order to truly sense it.

The artist’s pieces give the impression of a rather feral and unsettling natural beauty, as the foreground liquefies within the background to create the symbiotic live organism of nature. The canvases displayed in The Torrance Gallery shimmer with light brought about by the intriguing contrasting color palettes. The uneasy, windswept quality of the sky is a characteristic mark in the artist’s work (examples of which are the pieces “Eigg & Rum”, “Evening Sail”, and “Autumn Rain”). Dronma’s paintings give the impression that she was completely absorbed by her subject matter, gradually transferring that inner longing, raw in its splendor, on to the canvas.

One especially powerful piece is “Equinox Moon”, where one can almost feel the wave’s drops splashing out of the piece. The seemingly chaotic wind and unclad moon looking over the eternal sea present a slight allusion to certain mystical conditions and settings.