Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Scotland By Rail - Dundee - McManus Gallery & Museum - paintings from the Arctic and Antarctic

You haven't much time left to do it but if you're fascinated by the Arctic or the Antarctic or by really top landscape painting I recommend you get yourself up/down/across to Dundee to the McManus Art Gallery and Museum where the exhibition Among The Polar Ice ends on 8th March. It's a five-star-reviewed by Duncan Macmillan in The Scotsman and I'm with him all the way.

The featured artists are Frances Walker and James Morrison, two brilliant painters who very much inspire me and my work. I've seen Frances Walker's Antarctic Suite of six large oil paintings and associated prints before, in 2010 when they were exhibited at Aberdeen Art Gallery in Place Observed in Solitude. She's so good.

James Morrison's work I know from years of solo shows at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, most recently From Angus to the Antarctic, last month. His paintings are also in oil but used in a totally different way to Frances Walker - thinly thinly, almost as watercolour. I haven't seen anyone else paint like him.

The McManus is a great place.

Oh, and there's a cafe.

And a humpback whale skeleton.

Do go.


McManus Art Gallery & Museum


James Morrison


Frances Walker


Frances Walker


Frances Walker


James Morrison 


Frances Walker, triptych


Frances Walker, oils, sketchbook journals, original prints


Just look at those cliffs.
William G. Burn Murdoch - Dundee Antarctic Whaling Expedition (1892-93)



The polar regions are important, and we're losing them.

What can we do?

:

Reduce flights.
Reduce car use.
Walk, cycle, train.
Eat less meat and dairy.
Switch to 100% renewable energy suppliers.
Lobby councils and government and business.
Join environmental groups.
Go birdwatching :)


my exhibition notes in sketchbook.
a great way to remember what you've seen, what you thought, what you might wish to reference in the future.



River Tay
Tay Bridge
V&A



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Previous Dundee blog posts

2020 - Gallery Q, DCA, V&A, cormorant trying to swallow a flatfish - http://landscapeartnaturebirds.blogspot.com/2020/01/scotland-by-rail-dundee-gallery-q-dca-v.html

2017 - Balgay Hill & Cemetery and lots of Martin Hill (and a very interesting local comment at the end by Jim Crumley) - http://landscapeartnaturebirds.blogspot.com/2017/04/scotland-by-rail-dundee-balgay-hill.html



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How to get there:

Trains to Dundee leave:
- Edinburgh and Aberdeen frequently, journey time a bit over an hour.
- Glasgow frequently, journey time a bit under an hour and a half
- Perth every hour, journey time about half an hour


Timetables & Buy Tickets here.



Many thanks to ScotRail for their support of my Scotland By Rail work.




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