Just over a week to go until Part 1 of “The Inner Sound” opens in the North West, at the Museum in Gairloch. Most of the prep is done now and on Monday, the hanging of the work begins. Exciting times!
An excerpt from the Museum’s Press Release, last week:
Gairloch Heritage Museum will play host to an exhibition by one of the UK’s most noted ‘magic realist’ painters, Alison Dunlop RSW.
The ‘Inner Sound’ exhibition is scheduled to coincide with the centenary of the birth of Jon Schueler. The pieces which comprise it represent a new strand to Alison’s work and have been inspired and influenced by Schueler’s work and writing . As well as linking in with a Schueler symposium at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig the launch of the exhibition will form part of the celebrations for Museums Galleries Scotland’s annual Festival of Museums.
Jon Schueler was a well-known American abstract expressionist painter who left the New York art world at the peak of his career to live and paint on the West Coast of Scotland. He lived in and worked from his home near Mallaig for many years. Like Schueler, Alison came to Scotland as a North American whose childhood was spent on the shores of the Great Lakes. She was drawn to the North West of Scotland and describes the influence of coming to live in Wester Ross on her work as “nothing short of transformative”.
Of the exhibition, Alison says “I’d been aware of Schueler’s work since coming to live in Scotland in the 1980’s, but was introduced to his memoir “The Sound of Sleat: A Painter’s Life”, by a friend after restoring my studio near Gairloch a few years ago. I was riveted, captivated by how eloquently and accurately he described what I was seeing through my studio windows every day, and what I, also, was struggling to capture in a new and fresh way, in paint. He was moved by what he saw in the very same way that I was and he too, strained to find expression in paint for his deepest yearnings through translating the ‘Northern’ spirit and energy he sensed here in this place.”
Gairloch Heritage Museum’s curator, Dr Karen Thompson says “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to display the work of such an accomplished artist as Alison Dunlop, particularly since this body of work is inspired by our local area, its beauty and its sense of place. We are also delighted at the opportunity this exhibition gives us to strengthen our partnership links with our colleagues at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. We believe the exhibition will not only put Gairloch Heritage Museum on the map within the Scottish art community, but will also offer an opportunity for our own local community to view a prestigious body of work in the surroundings in which it was created.
Exhibitions celebrating Schueler’s centenary are being held across the North West of Scotland, including in Ullapool, Mallaig and Inverness. The exhibition is on show at Gairloch Heritage Museum from 14th May to 25th June 2016 and at the artist’s studio in Opinan by Badachro from 21st May to 5th June. It will be launched on Friday 13th May with an evening talk by foremost expert on Jon Schueler, Dr Lindsay Blair, followed by a discussion of his work.
Here are the dates for your diary, above!