Rosanne Barr and Judith I Bridgland

2 September - 30 September 2018

New paintings by two of our best Scottish landscape painters. Two very distinctive styles come together.

Previews Sunday 2 September, 2-5pm, with wine

ROSANNE BARR was born in 1981 in the Scottish village of Gartocharn, south end of Loch Lomond. She studied Art and Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design graduating in 2003 with a First Class Honours Degree.

In the short number of years since graduating, Rosanne Barr has established herself as one of the most highly successful landscape artists currently painting in Scotland. In 2009, she was shortlisted for the Jolomo Landscape awards, one of the most prestigious awards for artists in Scotland. She was also awarded Silver and gold medals in successive years in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Galleries Drawing Competition.

Rosanne paints instinctively, inspired by shifting skies or a distant light or colour on the horizon. Using large brushes she swiftly creates a sense of movement in each painting. Paint is applied directly onto the Canvas, creating a fresh appearance often with vivid colours. Roseanne builds up layers producing interesting textures and depth.

Since 2008 she has had many successful solo exhibitions all over Scotland. She has also won many awards including the Blythswood Square Quaich at the Annual GSWA exhibition at the Lillie Gallery (2014): she was selected as the International Artist for Great Gulf Arts Festival in Pensacola, USA: she was elected a member of Glasgow Society of Women Artists (2010); she was a Finalist in the Jolomo Lloyds TSB Scotland Awards (2009).
She lives and works in Milngavie.

JUDITH I BRIDGLAND is a landscape painter, living and working in Scotland.
Originally from Australia, she came to Scotland at a very young age. She went on to study History of Fine Art and English Literature at Glasgow University. Her career as a painter took off in the 90s and she hasn't looked back, winning several awards along the way.

She says: 'Scottish art is characteristically all about a love of bold, vibrant, joyously expressive colour, which is often released from its purely descriptive role. My work also combines a love of texture, and contrasts between elements such as the abstract and the figurative, organic and geometric, thick and thin paint....Observation and truthfulness is paramount, but combined with expressive brushwork and a joyous use of colour. So the landscape is also an expression of me, a form of self-portrait – an emotional landscape.'

Although her chosen subject matter is landscape, this is quite a broad term – she also love seascapes, as they are wonderfully organic, abstract and textural; and townscapes, especially because of the possibilities for contrasts between the organic and the man-made, such as a river flowing through a city. She enjoy subjects which give the opportunity for a wide range of mark-making, and demand an almost sculptural response in terms of the use of paint and textural dexterity.

For Judith, landscape is not just about the land; it is about the experience of a very particular moment, and the scenes she paints are all very precise, particular places that she has been to. They are records of a particular moment which is now gone, but they also of speak of a cumulative experience, as she often returns to places again and again.

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