Lismore exhibition celebrates life of artists

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The late Henry Edward (Ted) and Elizabeth Odling lived and worked on the West Coast of Scotland throughout their artistic careers of some 50 years, latterly on the Island of Lismore, near Oban.
A retrospective exhibition of their artwork is being held on the island, in the Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre, from April 1 to October 31.
More than 70 works are on display in the exhibition including paintings, drawings, prints, a viola and quilt and a short film, representing the wide span of their creative output. This retrospective show has been curated by Douglas Breingan of Paisley Museum and Noelle Odling, their daughter.
From 1949 to 1982, Ted was a member of staff at the Glasgow School of Art and both he and Elizabeth worked as freelance artists for, among others, the BBC and the National Trust for Scotland. Ted’s painting was informed by his keen interest in science and technology. Elizabeth’s work is marked by her close attention to detail seen in her drawings and engravings.
Throughout their careers, Ted and Elizabeth often worked as a team producing murals for the Burns Club in Irvine, Chatelherault Country Park and others.
In 1982, they moved to Lismore, where they spent 22 years working as freelance artists. During this time, Ted built up a large collection of landscape paintings, particularly of Lismore, and Elizabeth created detailed drawings of subjects from nature, as well as embroidery and quilts.
The Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre on the Island of Lismore lies just over two miles from Achnacroish which can be reached by car ferry from Oban, and three miles from Point which can be reached by passenger ferry from Port Appin. A shuttle bus service is being operated by Explore Lismore on Wednesdays which will meet the hourly ferry from Port Appin between 10am and 4pm.