At the 2012 RGI Annual Exhibition landscape painter Ruth Nicol was awarded the prize for ‘best work by a recent graduate’; the award included a solo exhibition at the Institute’s Kelly Gallery that opens today. Yesterday, works from the series that caught the eye of the RGI judges achieved a £6000 first runner up award from the biggest arts prize in Scotland, the Jolomo Awards. Congratulations Ruth!
For the exhibition at the Kelly Gallery, Ruth has produced new works documenting urban and rural locations that play an important part in her life, either as a destination or as a route frequently travelled. Each location is also physically linked by the River Clyde; this gave inspiration for the title ‘Tributary’, a title that also alludes to the ways in which these locations have influenced the artist through the years.
“Movement, specifically journeys and methods of travel have always been a recurring theme in my work and, in essence, the exhibition charts my journey from childhood to adulthood. Through memory and self-reflection we can travel great distances while remaining still.”
The exhibition features dynamic scenes of Glasgow’s main transportation routes along with studies of the artist’s favourite childhood holiday spot of Leadhills, a village in the Lowther Hills near the source of Glengonnar Water, an affluent of the River Clyde.
Exhibition runs until 6 July 2013
Artist Talk: RUTH NICOL
RGI Kelly Gallery
Free – no need to book.
Scottish landscape painter Ruth Nicol will give a guided tour of her exhibition ‘Tributary’ at the RGI Kelly Gallery.