Neil Macdonald PAI RGI RSW, Northern Light, Open Eye Gallery, 22 Sept – 7 Oct.
I am drawn to locations which exert historic and mythic presence. I am particularly engaged with Scottish history and the evidence of its previous peoples.
I explore the lyrical narrative of natural sites and strong bold shapes offered by castles, churches, old townships and harbours. I do this through distortion of perspective, invention and editing, aiming to capture an essence of the structure or place. In some pieces topographic accuracy is replaced by an imaginative response to the subject.
I enjoy applying each layer upon layer of paint. Slowly I strive for a coherent statement as the image emerges, revealing the subject’s unique sense and poetry of place.
In this exhibition, ‘Northern Light’, the quality of light plays an important part, not only revealing form but also engendering mood.
Neil Macdonald trained at Glasgow School of Art from 1975 to 1980. In 2012 he was elected a member of the Paisley Art Institute and in 2013 a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts. Macdonald has exhibited widely in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.