North by South West focuses on paintings Karl Stern made after his travels to Iceland and Portugal – Europe’s most northern and south westerly countries. Originally a figurative artist, Stern began to move towards painting landscapes and a trip to Iceland cemented this interest where he explored the countries stark, rugged town and landscapes. Following his visit to Iceland Stern has attempted to capture the dry, colourful environments of Portugal. His fascination for place, atmosphere and mood are contrasted in his representation of these two very different countries.
His work has been selected for several open shows at the RSA, RGI and PAI. You will find his work at galleries in Perth, Edinburgh, Ullapool and the Borders as well as running successful open studio events. This is his third solo show.