Exhibition i saw recently at Aberfeldy. 

The exhibition is about a romance between two imagined characters, a botanist and a dressmaker.

“My work is primarily about imagined glimpses of others lives, memories and secrets, torn fragments, hidden layers, intimate hisories, often using the theme of quilts, journals and manuals as a vehicle.  I wish to convey something of this secrecy and mystery in my work”.


I really like this idea of an imagined relationship between two people, or the idea of an imagined life.


Gerhard Richter is one of Germanys most influential artists.

Richter creates his works by building up lots of layers. He also creates a lot of his paintings from photographs, even painting on top of them.


Abstraktes Bild, 1988

Abstraktes Bild 742-2, 1991

I love his use of colour in these paintings, really bold and vivid.


Sigmar Polke














Dispersion on printed fabric



Mixed media on fabric


Like how Polke experiments with different media, creates really interesting unusual pieces.

Jennie showed us some paintings and asked us to write down our initial ideas.  I found this quite helpful as usually i take some time to decide on my opinion.  The two that appealed to me straight away were by the same artist – James Casebere.  Initially i thought they were paintings, until we were told that they are actually photographs of architecural constructions of built environments.

Casebere is interested in the point at which photography, architecture and sculpure intersect.  The table top constructions are modelled using plaster, styrofoam and cardboard then photographed and mounted onto plexiglass.  Casebere has also created room-sized installations of his models, where the work can be experienced.  The resulting works are both surreal and beautiful. The photographs have a ghost-like quality to them and interesting use of dramatic lighting.

 I love this quote about Casebere’s work, I totally agree with the idea of the photographs being quite haunting.

“Casebere’s creations are spiritual, sinister, and noisily silent, like the afermath of some cataclysm”


Yellow Hallway


Converging Hallways


Monticello 2003



I absoluely love these photographs, particularly the vastness and serenity Casebere has created

Chris Ofili is an English born painter noted for artworks referencing aspects of his Nigerian heritage.  His work has been an ongoing source of controversy.Ofili was born in Manchester in 1968.  He completed a foundation in art at Tameside College in Ashton-under-Lyne and studied art in London, at the Chelsea School of Art from 1988 to 1991 and at the Royal College of Art from 1991 to 1993.

In 1992, he was awarded a British Council travel scholarship to Zimbabwe.  There, Ofili studied cave paintings which had a great effect and lasting impact on his painting style.  The cave paintings, with their images composed of decorative dots, have helped evolve Ofili’s painting style which combines richly-coloured patterning with collage and three dimensional elements.   That first visit to Africa encouraged him to reconsider his own identity and to develop a highly personal aesthetic through which he examines issues of black culture, imagery and sexual stereotyping. During his stay in Africa, Ofili began to incorporate lumps of elephant dung into his canvases – both as compositional elements and as supports on which to display his paintings.


 Afrodizzia 1996

Ofili was established through exhibitions by Charles Saatchi at his gallery in North London and the travelling exhibition Sensation in 1997 and so establishing him as a member of the Young British Artists.

In 1999 as part of the Sensation exhibit, Ofili exhibited one of his paintings, The Holy Virgin Mary, a depiction of the Virgin Mary.  The painting sparked a lawsuit between the mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.  The painting depicted a black African Mary surrounded by images cut from pornographic magazines, elephant dung as was also used.


The Holy Virgin Mary 1996

Works such as Afrodizzia and Spaceshit are characteristic examples of his style.  I particularly like the strong colours and the use of innovative techniques and materials employed by Ofili. 



 Spaceshit  1995



VICTORIA MORTON is a painter working with music and sculpture. Morton was born in 1971 and studied painting at Glasgow School of Art from 1993, which she followed with an MA before graduating in 1995. Whilst continuing to live and work in Glasgow, she has recently set up a studio in Italy where she has been creating new work. MORTON has had solos shows in Britain, Europe and the United States. From 1997 to 2001 Morton lectured in drawing and painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee.   

As well as exhibiting her own work, Morton has made collaborative work as a member of ELIZABETH GO with fellow artists Hayley Tompkins, SUE Tompkins, Sarah Tripp and Cathy Wilkes.

Her work reflects an interest in Renaissance and Old Master paintings from a personal point of view; she explores the historical development in painting, in both intimate and large scale works brimming with movement and colour. Morton takes inspiration from musical composition, she constructs work as self-contained life forms with the focus on the process of change and coming into being.

The canvas is ‘the point where inner thought and the outside world meet’ – Morton


Untiled 2003


Curiosity Action Crowd 2004


Inverted Careless Freedom 2003


This piece was from her exhibition at HQ in 2004.  Morton made a group of paneled free standing paintings designed to slightly alter the shape of the gallery.  The works introduced a sculptural element, extending Morton’s spatial investigations and her concerns with recognising the viewer as the centre of perception. I particularly like the vivid colours and the meticulous air of the painting.  Painting on a much larger scale is something id like to try in the future.