For our winter exhibition 2017 we have chosen to give Steve Dowling centre stage accompanied by artists that have become treasured friends of the gallery.
Steve has had a life long relationship with oil paint, sometimes troublesome, most times satisfying. As one of the instigators of the gallery he usually prefers his work to be hidden at the back of the space but Lou has decided, without consultation, that his pictures should be given the full gallery treatment. Steve paints outdoors rather than a studio setting, using his trusty Berlingo as a seat, shelving and shelter and creates the most beautiful landscapes full of vigour and mystery. His works will be alongside exciting new pieces from Hope London and Julie Ridola. Other works in the exhibition are wildlife scenes given the unmistakable Vik Quickly treatment, little celestial gems from Amber Turner and bold landscapes from Trish Holt.
The exhibition will run from the 4th December 2017 through to the end of January 2018 – please check back here for opening times and on social media or call 07470457175.
Our plans for 2018 include a project by Hope London in the Spring, an exploration into the art of the tattoo and an exploration of the art of the motorcycle. Tattooing is an ancient and fascinating art, with a deep social history, which we hope to explore in the exhibition. Artistic expression surrounding the motorcycle can be wide and varied from the design of the machine itself to an air brushed fuel tank.
Hope London is a well-respected artist based in Wigtown who has had extensive experience with her own exhibitions and projects as well as community projects -
“Making art helps me make sense of the world. Drawing is fundamental. It’s about sustained observation, deep connection to the subject. I use whatever media a project or idea demands - murals, photographs, graphic novels, words, sound recording – which can be risky. The point is to discover meaning, and that’s worth the risk - 'The Bladnoch Altarpiece' – an exhibition of drawings, paintings and soundscape based on my two-month residency at the former Bladnoch Creamery, where people now produce music, art, stoves, metalwork and car repairs instead of dairy products. Artwork explores the site today and its connection to relics of the industrial past. Sparks will fly.”
All images © respected artists and Unit 3 Gallery. Website © Unit 3 Gallery
Unit Three Gallery, Bladnoch Bridge Estate, Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, DG8 9AB