Marking the beginning of a year-long 10th anniversary programme by local, national and international artists at the Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock, Willie Sutherland: Origins showcases a self-taught painter and sculptor who launched his career in 2021 at the age of 50 after receiving intensive therapy and rehabilitation for alcohol addiction.
The exhibition explores Sutherland’s recovery and how he found his voice as an artist and a human being. Its title refers to the origins of behaviours and personality with the suggestion that any story can be restarted at any time. The artist describes his work as coming from ‘Mundanitism’, as he seeks to find the extraordinary in the everyday, while the large scale of his paintings invites viewers to mentally ‘wear’ them as a costume, projecting themselves into the scene and experiencing their own emotional response.
Eight exhibitions are scheduled in the light-filled upstairs gallery, including a summer open show to which anyone living in Inverclyde can submit a work.