28 April to 19 May
Barbara Macfarlane’s Isle of Skye paintings arose from two visits to the Island in May & October 2011.
Her time was mostly spent walking and drawing along the north and east coast, from Staffin Bay to Talisker, taking in Coral Beach, Neist Point and Waternish (200 x 80 cm - see above).
She saw whales and seals, the clear blue sea, black rocks, white sand and moss covered hills.
Barbara Macfarlane’s works could be described as paintings from landscape rather than paintings of landscape. The place is key but it is perhaps not the true subject of her paintings, which she says are “about shape, colour & balance”.
Barbara Macfarlane studied at Exeter College of Art & Design. She graduated in 1980 and then spent several years travelling, mostly in India and always drawing/painting the landscape. Outside she paints in ink and watercolour. In the studio she paints on a larger scale in oils. She is well known for her abstract beach and South Downs landscapes: Kingley Vale, Cobnor, East Head and the Witterings.
Her work is shown at Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel, and Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, with whom her works are exhibited in Europe and the USA.
As with her previous two exhibitions here, “Iceland” and “Terre Rouge”, these paintings provided Barbara Macfarlane with the challenge of exploring another new subject: the elemental, rugged yet beautiful Isle of Skye.
Published 27th April 2012
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