James gets to the Point in new exhibition

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Reflex by James Lumsden.

A new body of work titled The Point Series from Inverness-born artist James Lumsden will be exhibited at his solo show at An Talla Solais Gallery in Ullapool.

The series has developed over the last five years from Lumsden’s time spent between his studios in Edinburgh and in Point, on the Isle of Lewis.

This latest collection of works is recognisable by its mesmerising balance of translucence and intensity. Primarily concerned with light, colour and depth, Lumsden masterfully creates and evokes emotion through layer upon layer of translucent paint and gloss medium.

Multiple coats of sheer colour, gossamer thin glazes and bold mark-making both reveal and conceal the landscape and create an abstracted sense of place, embodying Lumsden’s lived experience.

A careful combination of chance and deliberation The Point Series does not depict landscape in a conventional sense but rather is imbued with the essence of landscape.

When viewing Lumsden’s work there is a sense of light radiating from within or behind the painting, contained within a blaze of colour that is somehow both bold and softly sheer at the same time.

The Point Series was first proposed two years ago back in spring 2019. The pandemic,
lockdowns and two resulting gallery closures however have delayed the exhibition numerous times.

Victoria Caine, An Talla Solais’ curator, reflected on how her own relationship with
Lumsden’s work has changed over the last two years.

‘We felt hugely connected to this body of work from the outset with James’s physical journeys through Ullapool to get to Lewis by ferry,’ she said.

‘I look at the series now though and it feels intrinsically linked to thoughts of timelessness; of fluidity of time and marking the passing of time, which feel so relevant right now.

‘These pieces seem to mean so much more two years on.’

The Point Series’ will be exhibited from July 3-August 8 at An Talla Solais Gallery,
West Argyle St, Ullapool. For more details please contact: iseabal@antallasolais.org