31 October to 30 November 2020

Only Human

“Only Human”

Jackie Anderson, Jennifer Anderson, Henry Jabbour, Angela Repping & Graeme Wilcox

With Sculpture from Alejandro Lopez

31 October to 29 November

Instead of our normal (Pre-Covid) opening event, we will also open, by appointment only, on Friday 30 October between 12 and 5pm. Please contact the gallery to book a 30 minute slot if you would like a preview of the exhibition.

For those who cannot get in on the Friday afternoon, we are happy to reserve any of the pieces over the opening weekend so you can see the work in the flesh. All work is available to view on our website, please contact the gallery to reserve or purchase.

Going beyond a physical likeness of a sitter, good figurative and portrait artists strive to capture the essence of the person, the character, with it’s insight and morality, it’s strengths and frailties. The work in our next exhibition urges the viewer to reflect not only on the life of the person in the painting but also on our own.

At a time of intense pressure on everyone in our society, this exhibition is a timely reminder, to take time to reflect and remember that we are, “only human”.

Glasgow based sisters Jennifer and Jackie Anderson both studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee and both have exhibited in the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery. Both artists produce gentle, though-provoking studies. Jackie’s work relies on thinly applied, translucent washes to capture fleeting glimpses of passers-by, moments captured in time. Jennifer’s portraits, in this show, painted on brass, aluminium and ceramic tile are similarly tender and sensitive creating an intimate connection between the viewer and the subject.

Angela Repping met Jennifer & Jackie whilst also studying at Duncan at Jordanstone and like them, she too recently exhibited in the BP Portrait Awards. Angela’s exquisite pencil and acrylic drawings are well known to regular visitors to the gallery and the work in this exhibition will not disappoint.

Henry Jabbour trained at Leith School of Art and later at New York Academy of Art. His work provides quite a contrast in style to the rest of the work in the group. Although still fundamentally emotional and sensitive figurative portraits, the brushwork (in his oils) and palette is vital and expressive.

Another BP Portrait Award exhibitor, Graeme Wilcox, completes the painters in the show. Graeme works from sketches and photographs of his observations of figures in everyday urban life. Although each composition is a snap shot in time there is a suggestion of narrative that hooks and engages the viewer.

Alejandro Lopez has provided a variety of beautiful figurative sculptures with ethnic and classical influences using a variety of materials including limestone, alabaster and driftwood. Alejandro was born in Chile, studied at the School of Fine Art, Neuquen in Argentina and has been working and teaching wood and stone sculpture at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop since 2006.

The exhibition opens on Saturday 31 October at 11am and will follow government guidelines at the time. All work in the exhibition will be available to view, reserve and purchase on the website nearer the start of the exhibition. If you are interested in any pieces please contact the gallery.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 31 October at 11am, open 11-3pm Tuesday to Saturday, Sunday 12-3pm and closed Mondays, until 29 November. We are open for walk-ins but restricted to one person or family group at any one time. Face masks must be worn and hand sanitizer is available throughout the gallery…masks are also available should you forget.