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Drawing & Painting

Euan McGregor

Euan McGregor graduated from the Glasgow school of art in 1998 and has since exhibited in Scotland, London and Barcelona.

He was the recipient of three awards from the Royal Glasgow Institute over consecutive years and continues to exhibit his own work as well as teaching art and design in secondary school. His influences include the St Ives School in Cornwall and Ivon Hitchens.

This exhibition reflects Euan’s love of landscape, West Kilbride and its surrounding area. The village ramps up above the shore in these paintings with a sense of depth and height. Whether layering up of washes amidst strong geometric shape or scraping back of colour to reveal layers underneath, Euan hopes to capture the extraordinary light and variety in the North Ayrshire landscape. Wide-open seascapes and windswept trees are juxtaposed with a diversity of close packed buildings.

Euan, his wife Emily and three children have lived in West Kilbride for 6 years. Euan continually finds new and varied inspiration for his paintings within the area where his family are very settled.

Please click on left hand image for more of Euan's work.

Landscape/Abstract Painter

Glass Artist

Julie Chapman

Julie attended Edinburgh College of Art from 2006 - 2009, graduating from the B.A (Hons.) Design and applied arts(glass) course. Julie has attended a range of masterclasses, including:

2008 Janusz pozniak/Tobias Mohle masterclass, Northlands creative glass, Caithness

2007 Bullseye Forum, Northlands creative glass, Caithness.

2006 Dick Marquis masterclass, Northlands creative glass.

2006 Tessa Clegg masterclass, Northlands creative glass.

2005 Klaus Moje masterclass, Northlands creative glass.

2004 Steve Klein masterclass, Northlands creative glass.

2003 Jessica Loughlin masterclass,Northlands creative glass

"My present body of work talks about the relationship of mother and child. This narrative evokes strong emotions within me containing sentiments of protection, unconditional love but also independence, freedom and trust.

When researching, I am always interested in discovering a balance of ideas.

Most narratives have more than one point of reference for me. It is about forming an idea and pushing it in a personal direction, expanding it, covering all angles until equilibrium is established.

Working with glass allows me to express this sense of balance. It permits equal measures of chaos and grace. Even though the finished pieces can seem graceful, the process can be quite chaotic. I find this stimulating. I have to treat glass more as a working partner than a material. Although glass can be manipulated, without respect it makes its own rules and is always ready to mess you up.

My main area of practice is kiln forming. Recently I have taking fused tiles from the kiln and giving them another dimension by rolling the hot tiles made from sheet glass onto blowpipes and blowing them into form in the hot shop."

Please click on left hand image for more examples of Julie's work

Fused & Mouth Blown Glass