Irving invited Dundee’s Art Society to exhibit in the Freedom Hair salon this month. There is a huge variety of stunning works by a selection of the society’s artists, including paintings and sculpture. The exhibition runs until 2 June.
A photo of Irving and all the artists at the opening night…
A Brief History of Dundee Art Society
The origins of Dundee Art Society go back to the late 19th Century when Dundee was a major art centre in Great Britain. Much of the wealth grew up around the mill and factory owners of the jute industry, who then looked at art as a way to show off their wealth.
Local business men came together to found a museum and art gallery, which we know today as ‘The McManus’. Exhibitions at the time were some of the largest outside London.
To promote their collective interests a meeting was held on 14th January 1890, where the society came into being. The criteria put forward was “to embrace not only those practicing art professionally, but both patrons and admirers likewise”. It has always encouraged amateur and professional artists.
Early pursuits was the organisation of art classes, including drawing from classical casts and life drawing from a life model. In 1893 the group started to hold anannual exhibition.
The name of the members at the beginning was “The Graphic Art Association” but in 1904 it was changed to “Dundee Art Society” due to the growing popularity of the decorative arts.
Over the years presidents have included MacIntosh Patrick and honary presidents have been William McTagart and presently one of Scotland’s leading landscape artists James Morrison. The head of Duncan of Jordanstone’s painting school, Alberto Morroco was also a member of the society.
Today the Dundee Art Society still holds true to its initial formation of creating an opportunity for professional and amateurs alike to work and exhibit in the field of art and all its mediums, both classical and decorative.
Some more photos from the opening night…
Here is more about our exhibitors…
I worked in the print trade for over 34 years as a typesetter and, the last 10/15 years prior to retiring I worked on computers as a graphic designer. Having worked in graphics etc I had always wanted to paint and try different mediums, watercolours, oils etc and the opportunity arose when I managed to get place in Fiona Haldane’s Tuesday afternoon art classes, approx two years after I had retired. As well as painting I am also a volunteer with the British Heart Foundation and also manage to be one of the ‘ladies that lunch’ at least once a week! During the winter months I am a season ticket holder of the Dundee Stars Ice Hockey Team, had a bad season this year.
Title: ‘where shall we wander . . .’
Titles: ‘Clementine Reflections’ and ‘Dahlia’
Tony Tooke lives in Dundee and is a former lecturer in Physics at Dundee University who took up painting when he retired. His preferred medium is watercolour but he also works with pen and ink or graphite. Subject matter varies including landscape, flowers and abstract forms.
Titles: ‘Cesenatico harbour – Italy’ and “Smile – Spring is on the way”
Peter Dolan after having taken part in many forms of acting and writing over the years, now puts his creative talents into all forms of art. The medium of Pastels although one of his favourites also paints in oils and acrylics. Recently he enjoys photography, especially black and white, which evokes the atmosphere of past times .
Titles: Sacre Coeur Steps, Flight of Fancy, Cafe Eugene, J’attends Marie
Dundee College of Art (Diploma in drawing and painting). Many years spent teaching ,drawing ,ceramics, printmaking, puppetry. Early retirement from Dundee High school in order to devote more time to painting. Is a member of Visual Arts Scotland and Artists’ lunch. She exhibits regularly with them , the R.S.W.
and many commercial galleries. Past president of Dundee Art society.
Titles: “Memory of Ben Bruadair” and “Birds and Lily pond”
“I have always dabbled in painting, but it was only on retiring have I been able to concentrate on pastels. I was introduced to the medium at a demonstration, and thought it suited me.
It a wonderful medium which is suitable for any subject. The pictures I create are now sold for the Scottish Air Ambulance which is based in Scone”
Title: “Lunch in Glen Doll”
Fiona studied in Dundee. She has worked with a variety of media but now works mainly in pastels and in inks with subject matter including landscapes, flower studies and abstracts. She exhibits throughout Scotland, with works in private collections in Britain, Europe, America, Canada and Australia.
Title: Reflective Thoughts
Frances M Shepherd
I am a native of Perthshire but have lived and worked in Dundee as well as in the USA. I am a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Fine Art specializing in Drawing and Painting. In 1980 I moved with my family to Texas and as well as painting in oils, I started painting in watercolour as it was more easily managed with a young family to look after. I also enjoyed exploring fibres and studied on-loom weaving for five years at the Southwest Craft Centre in San Antonio. During my time in the United States, I was able to travel and found the experiences very enriching. I have always sought to reach my full potential and discover the beauty, colour and light in everyday subjects, so seeing the sights of New Mexico and Arizona and its native peoples and culture brought a new dimension to how I saw my surroundings. I taught Life Drawing and Watercolour at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts in San Antonio, Texas from 2000 – 2006. At the same time I continued to paint and sold in local exhibitions as well as abroad. In 2006 I returned to my native Scotland to study Art History at the University of St Andrews, gaining an MA hons in May 2011. I strive to capture a likeness in whatever catches my eye whether it’s a landscape, a figure or a still life, in what I would say are my muted brights. I enjoy transferring the mood and shapes I see and feel onto canvas or paper using colour and light in my own style.
Titles: Abutilon Pictum I and Abutilon Pictum II
Sandy came into art later in life, after taking early retirement he attended Dundee College, completing an HNC in Fine Art. He went on to attain a B.A. Hon’s and an MA in fine art at Duncan of Jordonstone. He has since developed his practice as a sculptor working with snow and ice, casting his work into bronze and plaster, more recently working on busts from life.
Paintings: “Always Late” and “A Study of Ranulph Firnnes”
Sculptures: “Erosion”, “Plaster layers” and “My version of the Scream”
Mobile – 07871087456, Home – 01382 660221
Web – sandyannan.com
Carrie was born in Airdrie and studied at Glasgow School Dundee. She majored in textile design and has exhibited
work chiefly through Embryo and Edge Textile Artists. Her career has been chiefly in arts education, most recently in
China, where she taught art in an international school in Xi’an, and in smaller informal situations. Most recently her
acrylics, influenced by her travels in China and South of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in work has departed from textiles, working mostly in Africa.
Titles: “In the Worship Hall” and “The Lute Player”
Although a new member of the Dundee Art Society, Margaret has worked in textile arts and crafts for the past 15 or so years. She has a real passion for embroidery enjoying the challenge of interpreting a design into stitch. Her inspiration is mainly from the landscape, but could be anything from a plant to a stone wall. She starts with a photograph which is manipulated on the computer before being turned into a working design. She uses a variety of base materials, making her own paper and silk paper, printing and dyeing as the design dictates. Her work is always evolving and includes both hand and machine embroidery, applied threads, fibres, fabrics, paints and oil pastels.
She has a City & Guilds parts 1 & 2 in Creative Embroidery and an NVQ in Visual and Applied Arts Practice, all gained at Derby College. Whilst in Derbyshire she took part in the Wirksworth Arts Festival and exhibited in local venues, including the Derby Art Gallery Open Exhibition. Moving back to Scotland, she teamed up with John and Deirdre Gittins and has exhibited with them, under Cloth-Paper-Stone, in the Perthshire Open Studios since 2009. She has exhibited locally in various venues, frequently in the Meffan Winter Open and last year took part in a collaborative event with 9 other artists, at the Barn Gallery, The Bield at Blackruthven. She is a member of the textile art group Spectra and the Alyth Arts and Crafts Guild.
Title: “Snowdrops” and “Through the Trees”
Gillian has been drawing and painting all her life since she attended Grays School of Art at the age of nine. She attained her degree from there in 1984.She has exhibited widely since then and her work has been collected by patrons worldwide. She is proficient in most mediums and gives demonstrations to Art clubs and Care Homes.
Titles: ” Spring has Sprung” and “I’ve found my marbles”
I have always been interested in drawing and painting, but it is only in recent years that I worked at developing my interest into producing paintings to exhibit. I work in a range of media but prefer the texture and colours offered by pastels, especially for landscapes. I have attended a number of art classes and workshops held by leading local artists, including Liz Yule, Fiona Haldane and Nichola Martin. Their varied approaches to subjects and media have helped me develop my techniques.
Titles: ‘The Vagabond’ (Clematis) and “Winter Trees”
I studied Fine Art and Fine Art Development at Dundee College. With a delicate approach, I create watercolour paintings, manipulating paint to create exciting surfaces. I am especially interested in texture, drawing inspiration from flora and surrounding objects. My artwork is representational and sometimes symbolic. Works are exhibited in Galleries, RSW and RGI Exhibitions and I became an Artist Member PAI this year. As a Derwent Artist I continue to experiment with Derwent products creating artwork for their website. I also Tutor art classes at Forgan Arts Centre and Roseangle Gallery.
Once again I will be opening my Studio to the public daily 5th 13th September
10am – 5pm. www.perthshireopenstudios
Titles: “Wrought Surface” and “Lucky Catch”
Fiona Haldane went to Duncan of Jordanstone college of Art and qualified in Decorative Design. For the past 15 years she has been working in the medium of Pastels with her inspiration coming from the Scottish landscape, from its breath taking mountains to its beautiful coastline. She has had three solo shows with Eduardo Allessandro Gallery in Brougthy Ferry and is now working towards her forth in March 2016.
Title: “Morning glory, The Hermitage”
Art, painting and drawing are amongst my recreational activities. I have been a recreational painter for many years and in retirement studied part-time at Dundee College achieving HNC in Contemporary Art.
Coming up next!!!
Dundee Art Society’s Open Exhibition celebrating the society’s 125th Anniversary on 6th June is to be opened by The Lord Provost with our guest artist being the renowned painter Nael Hannah.
Included in this special occasion will be a Silent Charity Auction of A5 pieces of original works of art by our members and invited artists. The chosen charity is Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust (THAT).
Doors will open at 11am and the Charity Auction will be held between 12 – 1 . The exhibition will run each day from 6th – 13th June between 11 – 5, at 17 Roseangle Dundee.