New Works by Charles Macqueen, Christine Woodside and Sian MacQueen
This exhibition was a real family affair, presenting work by mother, father and daughter, all talented artists sharing in an interest in landscape painting.
The works exhibited were full of vibrant colours, textures and memories of places lived in and visited at home and abroad. Helmsdale was represented in ‘Harbour at Helmsdale’, a painting by Charles MacQueen with creels, herring and the associated paraphernalia creates an image familiar to coastal life while other paintings depicted other Scottish landscapes as well as more exotic locations including Morocco and Egypt.
Although not resident in Sutherland the artists share a connection to the area as Christine Woodside’s father Gordon Rutherford was born and brought up in Helmsdale. Christine has maintained the family connection to the village over the years by visiting with her family in the summer months.
A highlight of the busy opening on Saturday 4th August was the number of grandchildren and their friends who spent most of the evening happily sitting on the floor with a large pile of paper and crayons creating their own masterpieces. Will we see their work in future exhibitions?
Christine Woodside RSW RGI
Since graduating from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, in the early 1960’s Christine has exhibited widely at the public institutions, winning many major awards. The Teacher’s Whiskey Travel Scholarship Prize in 1995 allowed her the luxury of foreign travel for the sole purpose of artistic inspiration. A subsequent series of journeys to Morocco, Tunisia and Italy have left a lasting impression on her painting style. She has been elected a member of both the Royal Glasgow Institute and The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour. Her paintings hang n many corporate collections, notably a major group at the Royal bank of Scotland and a commission for P & O’s latest cruise ship the Arcadia.
Charles MacQueen RSW RGI
Charles MacQueen was born in Glasgow in 1940, educated at St. Aloysius College and the attended Glasgow School of Art. He is an elected member of the Royal Glasgow Institute and The Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour.
In 1994 he was elected vice-president of the RSW. He has exhibited widely – most recently at The Open Eye Gallery in Glasgow and The Adam Gallery, Bath. Charles has won numerous awards including in 1997 the Council Award of the RSW. By using textured levels of paint and gesso Charles depicts the sensation or experience of a place. Charles wrote recently…..”The forms I use are forms remembered or dreamt about. The stark visual contrasts of moving between strong blinding sunlight and dark bazaars full of rich reds, golds and turquoise inhabit my paintings. This is like being put down to sleep ina darkened room with strong sunlight streaming through the shutters. This is not representation but an evocation”
Sian MacQueen BA (Hons.)
Sian was a student at Glasgow School of Art. Although she studied sculpture, she has concentrated on painting for the past 3 years. She has exhibited in Scotland and London. She lives and works in Kilmartin, Argyll.
“Nothing sits still in the ever-shifting weather fronts and tides of the west coast, so I paint with acrylic and gesso and using layers of paint. I scrape, sand, rub and score until I find what I am searchin for”