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Charles Simpson: Home & Away

Charles Simpson: Home & Away

The incredible landscapes of the Scottish Borders and the West Coast will fill the walls of The Scottish Gallery this February with a series of new works by Scottish landscape artist Charles Simpson. For those yearning for the beauty of the Scottish countryside, these evocative and contemplative works, which were created in the context of the isolation of 2020, bring a new perspective on the surrounding landscapes. With travel restrictions limiting visits to the West Coast, and heavy snowfall confining Simpson to his immediate vicinity, ambitious winter scenes from around his home in Clovenfords comprise the heart of the exhibition.

Simpson reflects on the time spent at home in 2020, To be able to work satisfactorily I find I need physical and metaphorical space around me. […] I was now seeing my more immediate surroundings afresh, particularly, and conveniently, just at my back door.

The subjects ‘Home’ and ‘Away’ are divided between the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders and scenes from the north-west of Scotland, creating an exhibition of two distinct halves. While the West Coast subject matter usually dominates Simpson’s work, in Home & Away dramatic costal scenes of Achiltibuie, Mull and Iona become the foil to snowy and domestic scenes from Clovenfords. This contrast will be presented as separate groups of work when hung in The Gallery, highlighting the interplay between warm and cool tones and demonstrating Simpson’s skill and subtlety as a colourist.

Simpson’s works reflect the landscape around him, full of the details of nature; a moving cloud as it crosses the Sound of Sleat, or the abstract forms of fields and fences. His own notes on his works are full of the names of the plants and birds he depicts.

Included in the exhibition will be a series of never before seen watercolours, created to illustrate two children’s books. These joyful works on paper offer a fascinating counterpoint to Simpson’s work in the landscape.
Tuesday - Friday: 11am - 5pm
Saturday: 11am - 2pm
Sunday & Monday: closed

The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, Edinburgh County EH3 6HZ
Thu 3 Feb to Sat 26 February
Contact telephone: 0131 558 1200 Call to check latest times or cancellations.
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