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The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh showcases the best of the Scottish Borders and West Coast in Home & Away, a new exhibition by Charles Simpson which opens on Thursday...

Press Release

The incredible landscapes of the Scottish Borders and the West Coast will fill the walls of The Scottish Gallery this February with a series of new works by Scottish landscape artist Charles Simpson. For those yearning for the beauty of the Scottish countryside, these evocative and contemplative works, which were created in the context of the isolation of 2020, bring a new perspective on the surrounding landscapes. With travel restrictions limiting visits to the West Coast, and heavy snowfall confining Simpson to his immediate vicinity, ambitious winter scenes from around his home in Clovenfords comprise the heart of the exhibition. 

Simpson reflects on the time spent at home in 2020, "To be able to work satisfactorily I find I need physical and metaphorical space around me. […] I was now seeing my more immediate surroundings afresh, particularly, and conveniently, just at my back door. "

The subjects ‘Home’ and ‘Away’ are divided between the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders and scenes from the north-west of Scotland, creating an exhibition of two distinct halves. While the West Coast subject matter usually dominates Simpson’s work, in Home & Away dramatic costal scenes of Achiltibuie, Mull and Iona become the foil to snowy and domestic scenes from Clovenfords. This contrast will be presented as separate groups of work when hung in The Gallery, highlighting the interplay between warm and cool tones and demonstrating Simpson’s skill and subtlety as a colourist.

Simpson’s works reflect the landscape around him, full of the details of nature; a moving cloud as it crosses the Sound of Sleat, or the abstract forms of fields and fences. His own notes on his works are full of the names of the plants and birds he depicts. 

Included in the exhibition will be a series of never before seen watercolours, created to illustrate two children’s books. These joyful works on paper offer a fascinating counterpoint to Simpson’s work in the landscape. 

Tommy Zyw, Director at The Scottish Gallery commented, "Charles Simpson is a painter who approaches the landscape with his eyes wide open. […] Only through looking, with patience and familiarity, might a moment, however fleeting, materialize as something that he has never seen before."

Charles Simpson: Home & Away runs from Thursday 3rd – Saturday 26th February. Find out more on The Scottish Gallery website.
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