Acharacle studio launches exhibitions in lockdown

Kirstie Cohen ‘Ardnamurchan Lighthouse’, oil on board, 40 x 40 cm, c/o Resipole Studios.

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Joyce Gunn Cairns, ‘Alice’, oil, 110 x 60 cm, c/o Resipole Studios.

On Thursday June, 4, Resipole Studios Fine Art Gallery in Acharacle launched two new exhibitions: solo shows by Scottish artists Joyce Gunn Cairns MBE and Kirstie Cohen.

Not to be deterred by lockdown and currently unable to welcome visitors into the gallery to view work hanging on the walls, the team at Resipole Studios has been busy moving exhibitions online.

The current shows are on display until mid-July, by which time it is hoped the gallery may be able to open its doors to the public once again.

Edinburgh-based artist Joyce Gunn Cairns MBE’s paintings are personal yet playful, taking inspiration from her love of literature.

Her work speaks to the human condition. With a subtle, muted palette and a sensitive, searching aesthetic, these apparently gentle works are at the same time direct and probing, revealing very much more than their surface appearance.

Similarly, with her paintings and drawings of animals, Joyce Gunn-Cairns gets beneath the surface to reveal something of the innate character of her subjects.

Kirstie Cohen has been described as ‘a rare voice in Scottish painting’. Created during Winter 2019/Spring 2020 in the artist’s studio in rural Inverness-shire, the work on display in this solo show is a progression and investigation into the landscape that surrounds her.

Whilst there are site specific references in the subject matter, her distinctively bold and dramatic style veers away from faithful depiction.

Instead, the work serves as an emotional response and reaction to the rugged and ever-changing environment of the northerly regions of Scotland.