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London Art Fair

London Art Fair

IF ART sales need confident buyers it was not the most auspicious week for the London Art Fair.    Theresa May’s Brexit speech was reverberating during the VIP opening while Friday brings the strange new world of President Donald Trump. Soaring  rents and rates in central London have seen two important  venues for Scottish art close their doors in the past year, amid […]

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Fly 2016 – Visual Art Scotland

Fly 2016 – Visual Art Scotland

There is no longer an art college in Scotland that teaches a dedicated ceramics degree.   Which  makes the ceramics on show at this year’s Visual Art Scotland winter exhibition more emphatically interesting. Susan O’Byrne graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in design and applied art in 1999.   Her wall of fantastical animal heads in the […]

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Coburg House Christmas Open Studios

Coburg House Christmas Open Studios

So there’s a simple joy,  and the hope of a  certain Scottish parsimony,  in buying Christmas gifts direct from the maker. Nowhere better to start this weekend than at Coburg House studios in Leith, whose denizens have a refreshingly engaged attitude to the whole enterprise and where artists’ egos, and sensibilities, are disarmingly lacking. “I work in wood […]

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Brexiting Colourists

Brexiting Colourists

Two major works by the Scottish Colourist painter SJ Peploe go under the hammer this  week in a new test of foreign buyers’ post-Brexit appetite for classic British and Scottish works. Peploe’s  still-life Red and pink roses, oranges and fan, with a price estimated at up to £1,000,000 – no Colourist work has yet broken the million […]

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Ya Bass!

Ya Bass!

The Bass Rock, at the mouth of the Firth of Forth,  lurks at every corner in North Berwick, and steals the eye even from Arthur’s Seat.   Ya Bass! at Fidra Fine Art takes on the rock and plays with this “timeless muse”. Fidra Fine Art was founded by novice gallerist Alan Rae four years ago; it’s developing in […]

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Art Festival Fringe

Art Festival Fringe

Call it ‘beyond the art festival’, or the Edinburgh Art Festival Fringe. Within Edinburgh, there are several  private galleries with significant exhibitions, particularly for the collector in various budget ranges,   that  are not in the line-up of this year’s festival. Outwith the city, there are also several promising shows, perhaps for mid-August, when you need a […]

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ReUnion

ReUnion

Union Gallery – Reunion When Alison Auldjo began converting a former charity shop into the second incarnation of the Union Gallery, removing a lowered ceiling and turning a pokey back storage room into a well-lit stairwell, she knew exactly the picture she wanted in the space. It was Phil Braham’s Ophelia Bathing, a painting she had […]

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Scottish Arts Club

Scottish Arts Club

Edinburgh is going wild for Britart until May but spare a thought and a short walk to three artists exhibiting in the Scottish Arts Club. The club exudes an old Edinburgh charm with a cast of characters to match; it has tottered  on from crise to crise over the years, and can be a difficult space to stage a show with much impact, […]

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FCB Cadell’s Patron

FCB Cadell’s Patron

Bonhams Scottish Art auction 16 September 2015 preview The Scottish National Portrait Gallery recently added a significant self-portrait of the Scottish Colourist FCB Cadell to it’s collection, while two major Cadell works are up for sale when Sotheby’s relaunches dedicated Scottish sales in November.     One is Florian’s Cafe, painted after Cadell visited Venice in 1910; […]

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John Bellany’s Drawings

John Bellany’s Drawings

A Sign Manual of God  Duncan Thomson, former keeper of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, on disegno and Bellany. From the start of his student days in 1960 John Bellany was overwhelmingly aware of the role that drawing would play in the great range of figurative painting he would soon launch himself into. His fellow student Sandy […]

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Hidden Door

Hidden Door

The Edinburgh Art Festival does not bill itself as an art fair but it does create opportunities for collectors, particularly with new artists who have work on show alongside the big festival names.   More on that later but for now a couple of buyers’ tips in the Hidden Door auctions at Lyon and Turnbull tomorrow (Aug 4th). [UPDATE: (06/08/15)  I […]

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Actinic:  Tintypes

Actinic: Tintypes

For the love of Tintypes About seven years ago, photographer Sheila Masson took a curious vintage photograph that she’d bought home to show her father, who’d worked for Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York, for 35 years.  “I said ‘I don’t know what it is, it’s really weird’, and he said ‘that’s a tintype’. I had […]

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