This latest exhibition in the York College Gallery presents the work of three Scottish Painters, Peter Chalmers, Andrew Cranston and Keith Grant, who currently teach on the painting course at Grayʼs School of Art in Aberdeen. Grayʼs is the most Northerly Art School in the UK, 2 degrees attitudinally above Moscow, 2 below Oslo.
This condition of Isolation brings with it its own deprivations and consolations, its own spaces, physically and psychologically, useful and stimulating to artists and these three different painters might be somewhat influenced by this circumstance. There is something in their work about space and/or its opposite, flatness. A pleasure in the shape of things and things of shape. There is a tendency towards Narrative, implied or explicit. All three of these painters affirm Painting also as its own kind of space, a construct that allows them to condense and control elements within boundaries. To make worlds, with perhaps their own logic.
Peter Chalmers was born in Nairn, Scotland in 1985. He studied Painting at Grayʼs School of Art (2003-2007). Since graduating he has exhibited widely nationally and his awards include the RSA Latimer Award and the RSA John Kinross Scholarship to Florence. In 2011, Peter returned to Grayʼs School of Art after living in London and then latterly Paris, where he was Artist in Residence at the American Church in Paris. Initially Peter undertook a residency in the Painting Department, before transitioning to the role of Tutor in Painting and Drawing. Peterʼs work is included in numerous public and private collections, including The Robert Gordon University, The Royal Scottish Academy and Aberdeen Asset Management. Peter currently lives and works in Aberdeenshire.
Andrew Cranston was born in Hawick, Scotland in 1969. He studied Fine Art at Grays School of Art (1990-93) and completed an M.A in Painting at The Royal College of Art in 1996. Solo exhibitions include Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield (2001); International Project Space, Birmingham (2009) and Hamish Morrison Gallery, Berlin (2013). He was selected for EAST International, Norwich (2007 and 2009); John Moores Painting Prize, Liverpool (2012). His Awards include a Creative Scotland grant (2013); The Rootstein Hopkins Sabbatical Award (2006); The Arts Foundation (2014). He lives in Glasgow and lectures at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen.
Keith Grant was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1960. He studied Drawing and Painting at Grayʼs School of Art (1978-83) before setting up a studio in Edinburgh and then Amsterdam. He has taught in Higher Education for over twenty years and has been the Course Leader in Painting and Drawing at Grayʼs School of Art for the last four.Keith has exhibited his work throughout Scotland and across the UK.
'Between Yes and No' is exhibited in The Gallery from 8th September to 23rd October 2014.
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