Behind the Scenes

Its change over time at the gallery again and we have to say Goodbye to the fabulous exhibition ‘Recent Drawings’ by Doug Cocker and Stuart Mackenzie.  It proved to be a very popular exhibition, viewed by many of our regular visitors and  brought new friends to the gallery. We are delighted to show such wonderful work by such established and highly regarded artists.  Thanks to everyone who came to see us and for all of your good comments.


Doug Cocker RSA  Over a forty-year period Doug Cocker has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. Venues include: The John David Mooney Foundation, Chicago, Taiwan Museum of Art, Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo, Galerije Grada, Zagreb, Trondheim Biennalen, Norway, Morioko Hashimoto Museum of Art, Japan, Museul National Brukenthal, Sibiu, Romania and University of Hawaii. He also has exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Serpentine, London, The Barbican, London and most major Scottish venues.  He has work in public and private collections world wide and has undertaken over forty public art commissions including Mobil UK HQ, Aberdeen: RBS HQ, Bankside, London: Atlantic House, Cardiff: Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow: The Scottish Office, Edinburgh: and the Ben Lomond Memorial at Rowardenna.

The drawings on show represent two quite separate aspects of the development of Doug’s work.

‘Lewis Forms’, 8 subtley coloured collages derived from the Lewis landscape.

‘Wedding Forms’, a series of drawings for future sculptures exploring the marriage of shape, tone and surface:

a continuation of recent work in the RSA Annual Exhibition entitled “The Plural”:

Stuart Mackenzie  Stuart studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1979 to 1983 and in Madrid courtesy of a Richard Ford Award . He was the first Artist in Residence at Aberdeen Art Gallery in 1987 and has taught at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design , Ohio State University , Hunter College of Art, New York and is currently a senior Lecturer in Painting and Printmaking at Glasgow School of Art.

‘My work has always been informed by Nature I come from a background of land workers and Gamekeepers , I am a keen Angler and spend a great deal of time amongst the Flaura and Fauna that is abundant in Scotland , this forms much of my research and the work for this exhibition is directly inspired by it . For many years now I have been preoccupied with the drawing process with which I engage with both observationally and experimentally , drawing allows me to realise my ideas clearly in Visual terms , I view my relationship with drawing as  an ongoing Archive.’

The work on display shows observational and experimental drawings reflecting this influence.

Stuart’s exhibits widely both nationally and internationally and has work in several Public and Private Collections.

Private View


Dismantling and preparing for the next exhibition.

Big thanks to Team Caldwell who helped move furniture, clean and make tea. To Mr C for meticulous attention to detail and millimetre precise hanging – just the way I like it! I couldn’t have done it without you! X

Thanks too to Team Johnston who keep me smiling and help with everything else! XXX


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