Friday, September 24, 2010

Riverside Inverclyde Exhibition, Greenock

The Ladyburn Business Centre in Greenock is showing a large collection (around 30 paintings) at the fantastic newly refurbished gallery space.
Confirm your attendance on my facebook page:
Hoping for a good turn out at 7pm Fri 1st Oct

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New Paintings for Devon Art Fair

Art Exposure Gallery, Glasgow are showing 4 brand new paintings at the Devon Art Fair.
Here's a sneak preview:

A View To Rum 40 x 40cm £750

Tiree Light 40 x 40 £750

Black Cuillins from Elgol 40 x 40cm £750

Sound of Mull Lighthouse 50 x 50cm £995
See the 'Sound of Mull Lighthouse' being painted in the studio here:

Monday, September 20, 2010

Billboard in Greenock, Inverclyde

Here's the proposed billboard to advertise my upcoming show at the Riverside Inverclyde Gallery, Greenock on 2nd October 2010. Small changes to colour and correction to spelling (of enlightenment!) to happen before in gets printed and stuck up. More photos to come once it's up.
If anyone would like an invite to the opening on the 1st Oct, leave me a message on my 'contacts page of my website:

Monday, September 13, 2010

New Landscape Oil Paintings: A Walk Through The Exhibition

Just finished editing the video from the preview night of my latest exhibition at Ian Kenny Gallery, Hamilton. The show continues until 25th September so plenty time to get yourself down for a look.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Solo Ehibition 2010 Catalogue: Ian Kenny Gallery, Hamilton

Here it is!! The 2010 Catalogue and Preview exhibition invite for my 10th solo exhibition at Ian Kenny Gallery in Hamilton.
Some 24 new paintings are shown in the catalogue, while over 30 new Scottish landscape paintings will be there at the exhibition. Locations include Arran, Tiree, Barra, Skye and Glen Spean.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Buying Art: What Scottish Painting Should You Buy?

Short answer: MINE!

I recently had a request from a client who looked for advice on where to look when buying more paintings. Despite this sounding a little like walking into Tesco and asking to point you in the direction of a good supermarket, I didn't take it the wrong way! The customer was in the process of commissioning a painting from me, and any collection needs a bit of diversity, so I took it as the compliment it was intended! Thought I would publish my response on this blog in case it may help anyone else out there!
(I did list some names of artists to avoid, but thought it might be best to omit them from this blog!)

It may be a matter of personal preference, but I can give you an idea of some of the Scottish artists out there I respect and who's work I admire:

Christopher Wood
If I was to hang 1 abstract work in my house, I'd like it to be 1 from him. Great use of colour, some unusual processes. His work is great if you can afford it! (2-2.5 x price of my work). His website is excellent and regularly updated:

Craig Peacock
I teach alongside Craig at Reid Kerr College Creative Arts. He has a "Wasps" artist's studio in Hanson St, Glasgow. I regularly poke fun at him for not having his own website! but you will find him on the web in various other sites. The best representation of his current work would be:

Rowena Comrie
Just been shortlisted last week for the Aspect Prize and looks likely (in my opinion) to end up winning. A mixed bag of work, some I'm not keen on, some is really striking.

Jim Wylie
I've always admired his clean, bold brushwork and use of colour. Based in Ayrshire, he paints mostly Scottish Landscape. Lots of his work around the web and is reasonably priced.

Peter Howson
I've always admired his work since I went to a solo exhibition in the McLennan Gallery, Glasgow when I was 15 years old. It was then I told my mum "this is what I want to do".
His figurative depictions of various grotesque characters may be a little too much for some to live with, but I really enjoy his work. Despite working in such a wildly different genre of painting, Howson remains a big influence for me.


As a rule, if you're not sure who is a real prospect, make sure the artist has a degree from an Art School. There are some good self taught artists out there but they are few and far between and stand a much poorer chance of being recognised or "making it". Also do a check on what galleries they show with. I show with on Bath Street and DiRollo Gallery, Dundas St, Edinburgh which are both galleries who would not hang any substandard work. Some galleries are run by owners with no clue about art or any taste... check how long the gallery has been established, these galleries don't last long!

The Glasgow Art Fair, George Square (think it will be SECC next year)
You must get down to see the Art Fair. It gives a great selection and overview of Scottish Art from Commercial Galleries. It brings Galleries from all over Scotland and beyond under one roof. Galleries need to qualify for entry by submitting which artists' work they are hanging and so the vast majority is of a good quality... some do inevitably slip the net!

Hope this is of some use to you. Good luck hunting for paintings, the most important judge of artwork you own, is you! Number 1 reason to buy is to bring you daily pleasure admiring it. Instant appeal isn't always the best sign to buy, artwork, like music can be a "grower".

All the best, back to the painting!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

The Aspect Prize 2010

This year I have put an entry in for 'The Aspect Prize' to be held at Paisley Museum from Friday. I was keen to see the large 1 metre square painting, "Skye Crofts" once it was framed in the hand laid gold leaf frame I had chosen. So I decided to record the occasion on film for youtube, let me know what you think:

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Glasgow Art Fair

Having sold out all 16 paintings at last year's Glasgow Art Fair, Annan Art Gallery are showing a great new selection of work straight out the studio. Work will disappear once sold so get in early to see the paintings. Private View is Wednesday 24th March (Invite needed). Open to the public from 25th March.

Paintings on show can be seen at the following link:

Monday, February 08, 2010

Glen Spean Light painting demonstration PART 2

The second part of my painting demo is much better quality, don't think I'll be filming much on my phone any more!
Having difficulty getting the movie uploaded here, so you can see it at my website in the Video section.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Painting Demonstration

Scott Naismith demonstrates the painting of Glen Spean Light.
The first part of a 2 part video

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The New WASPS artists studios at the Briggait in Glasgow look very impressive on first inspection. Although the glass walls look the part, practically, they are't too clever. Unless you're an exhibitionist, these wont be too appropriate.

Pretty comfy in my current set up so will have to see whether the Briggiat would be a good idea to move to.