This month the gallery is exhibiting a new series of monotypes by artist Calum McClure. After being introduced to the technique by Barbara Rae RA, McClure has produced a series of pictures using the printing technique.
Here we see him explore and distil his familiar subjects of water, light and reflection to more basic forms and shapes. This flattening of the form, unlike his approach in oil, has allowed him to explore the subject in heightened, abstract colour, using Day-Glo inks. With this change in approach, we can see how different techniques lend themselves to the artist’s continued exploration of the subject, both constraining and introducing new ways of seeing a stimulus and inspiring further possibilities for expressive reactions.
Calum McClure was born in 1987 and graduated in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010. He has exhibited in Edinburgh, London and Toronto including at the Royal Scottish Academy and with The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh where he had a successful one-person show in 2011. He is a winner of the 2011 Jolomo Painting Award and an invited artist at the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Academy in London in 2012.
The artist is currently living and painting in Hamburg.