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, though it tries hard.

The current exhibition,  until February 27th, features interesting and reflective prints by Laura Gressani, some wise old birds by Kittie Jones, and some mischievous  drawings, alongside prints, from Michael Kirkman.

I liked one of Gressani’s pieces in particular of a shadowy face overlaid on the window lights of a train.  Below, her Museum Masks.


Laura Gressani Scottish Arts Club Edinburgh Printmakers

Museum Masks by Laura Gressani.


Unlike any artist likely to appear in the British Art shows, at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Botanics, or the Talbot Rice Gallery, detailed here by my former colleague Shan Ross, this work is in crude terms affordable.  Talent-spotting is a patronising business, but if I was a start out collector I would be taking a hard look at Kirkman’s work in particular (which judging by his website, and noises of interest from the Scottish Gallery and Open Eye, others already have).  The print Weekday is below,   but his website features both drawings and paintings; the colours of these figures carry some echoes of Adrian Wiszniewski, whom he admires.

Scottish Arts Club Michael Kirkman

Michael Kirkman, Weekday.


His drawings are mischievous;  in the Scottish Art Club show I particularly liked one of a couple in a nominally romantic pose but where the young man is about to saw off the branch on which the girl sits.

There’s nothing like a gimlet-eyed gull,  or baleful crow, to keep you on your toes; Jones has several appealing prints on show here.

Scottish Arts Club Kittie Jones

Kittie Jones, Crow

They  might be easy eyefuls, but I particularly admired her larger drawing,  below,  in a bad snap by me.  It’s a challenge for artists, without the endorsement and backing of established dealers, or contemporary galleries, to get their work on the walls of the Ikea generation,  and close the sales; all credit to the three for staging this show.

Kittie Jones