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Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time

Lachlan Goudie’s forthcoming exhibition at The Scottish Gallery presents a new collection of works, inspired by places that are, or at least may have recently felt far far away. The works bring fairy tales to life, with landscapes and still lifes that are designed to make you daydream.

As we have all ‘tumbled through the looking glass’ into a surreal world of lockdown and anxiety, Goudie has escaped into the art of his imagination, watching the seasons change and the landscape alter. He has been strongly influenced by the nightly ritual of reading fairy tales to his young daughter to send her to sleep. Together they journeyed into stories of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Snow White and the snow-covered landscape of Disney’s Frozen.

Goudie explores landscapes beyond Dorset too. Images of rural Berwickshire, the same countryside the Glasgow Boys walked and painted in at the village of Cockburnspath in the mid-1880s, feature in the exhibition, capturing something of the cold winter light that James Guthrie found here in 1883-4. Further afield Goudie’s work looks to the wilderness of the Lofoten Islands in Arctic Norway, where settlements cling to the coast beneath towering mountains and cliffs, between dark waters and starry skies.

His still lifes underline the power of nature to renew and regenerate while the arrangements of glass and pewter act as images of stillness and contemplation, offering a counterpoint to the energy of the living landscape. In addition, a series of sun-filled seascapes offer the promise of a release from confinement and the restrictions that continue to affect us all.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events, both in person and virtual, including Meet Lachlan Goudie, a virtual tour, a book launch and more.
Entry is free
Wednesday 28th October – Wednesday 25th November 2020
Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm
Saturday, 10am – 4pm
The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, Edinburgh County EH3 6HZ
Wed 28 Oct 2020 to Wed 25 Nov 2020
Contact telephone: 0131 558 1200 Call to check latest times or cancellations.
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