JOHN JOHNSTONE Raspberry Pickers mixed media on panel 106 x 86 cm £3,300
JOE MCINTYRE Study for Evening In The City - Mannequins Berlin oil on canvas board 39 x 41 cm £1,600 SOLD
This review of our current exhibition was published yesterday in The Galloway News:
Scottish Duo Return to Castle Douglas Gallery
Summer at McGill Duncan Gallery in Castle Douglas heralds a welcome return for two dynamic Scottish artists, Joe McIntyre and John Johnstone. John Johnstone held the first solo exhibition at the gallery and his relationship with the Blamire Family, who own the gallery, goes back to the 1970s when they first purchased a painting by him.
This show is predominately figurative and every corner of the gallery is full of surprises. From a striking painting of Jarvis Cocker and Lily Cole in a city skyline, to an enormous painting of ‘Raspberry Pickers’. John Johnstone lives in Angus and the fruit pickers that work in the countryside near his studio are perfect subjects for him. He delights in the shapes of the berry pickers as they reach and bend to collect the fruit and creates a painting full of rhythm and humour.
A slightly more risqué collection of figures is captured by Joe McIntyre in his painting ‘Study For Evening In The City – Mannequins Berlin’. The scene of a shop window in Berlin depicts scantily clad shop models that look as if they could come to life at any moment. Joe McIntyre is a master of painting shadows and light with a distinctive bright palate, that lends itself to city life - from pleasant sunny streets to the darker side of town. All the paintings can be viewed online at www.mcgillduncangallery.com and the exhibition runs until the 31st July.