Saturday, 25 September 2021

Exhibition celebrates gallery’s fourth decade

BOHUN Gallery continues its showcase of artists who have exhibited with them since they opened four decades ago in a new exhibition opening this week.

BOHUN Gallery continues its showcase of artists who have exhibited with them since they opened four decades ago in a new exhibition opening this week.

Forty Years Of Fine Art Part II — From 1994 reflects on the artists who have joined the gallery during the recent 20 years and the roll call includes some of the most progressional and influential painters and sculptors of the late 20th century.

The St Ives School is well represented with contributions from Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Sandra Blow and Terry Frost. As always, the Royal Academicians are well represented and two of the stars of this show are Albert Irvin and John Hoyland.

Both artists present a restless energy and a sense of freshness and are widely recognised as two of the greatest abstract artists of their time. The nature of abstraction is bought into sharp contrast by the highly articulated Ice Clough by the infamous duo Boyd and Evans. Tai-Shan Schierenberg, one of the UK’s most respected portrait painters of current years, features with both a portrait and still life.

Contemporary Scottish art gained international recognition in the Eighties and Bohun Gallery continues to collaborate with many of its leading lights. Part II features Barbara Rae, Marj Bond, Annette Edgar and Victoria Crowe. All of the paintings selected for the show characterise what is cherished about Scottish art — bold, figurative painting, emphatic technique and a poetic atmosphere.

Among the sculpture on display will be Peter Randall-Page’s Seed, a 12in maquette for the the 70-tonne, 4m high granite sculpture of a seed which was commissioned for the Eden Project in Cornwall. Other sculptors include Maggi Hambling, Charlotte Mayer and Peter Hayes, among others.

Bohun founder Patricia Jordan Evans said: “The exhibition is a celebration of the very best of late 20th century and contemporary art. This is the philosophy which has governed the curatorial choices we have made over the years.”

The exhibition opens tomorrow and runs until January 25.

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