Monday, 29 November 2010

Christmas Shows and heavy snows

Ingrida reclining, oil on canvas, 80 x 60cm

We have been having a bit of crazy winter weather here in Glasgow with heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures. Now I am glad that the Christmas show hand-ins were last week when the weather was cold but clear!
This Christmas, I am showing at a smaller number of select galleries, due to the timing of my big November show. You can find my work at ARTeries, Art Exposure and Merchant Gate Gallery in Glasgow city centre, The Gatehouse Gallery in Eastwood, south of Glasgow, Axolotl in Edinburgh and The Fisher Gallery in Pittenweem. This will be my first time showing with the Fisher gallery and I hope it goes well, as it is a wonderful part of the country for a visit when dropping of work!

This week sees a slow start with tying up loose ends and lots of thinking about new work to be produced, in between organising the commissions I didn't have time to do earlier in the year. If I could just thaw out my fingers enough to draw!
I also want to get down to the Glasgow Print Studio, now my back is allowing me to do things again. I really want to practice the photoetching technique I learned in the spring and apply it to some of my many photos of the beautiful people of burlesque.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Fire & Brimstone Show Review

Now that the remaining work from Fire & Brimstone is back in Glasgow, I can sit back and say that I was extremely pleased with my first show at Axolotl Gallery in Edinburgh. The team are an extremely professional yet friendly groups of people and I was very impressed by the efforts they went to, to promote the work. I made a number of sales, despite this recession doom and gloom, to buyers in Edinburgh, Newcastle and Austria.
I was also very honoured to be showing work alongside artist Paul Muzni, whose vibrant life paintings were particularly inspiring, and I met many new art contacts on the opening night.

The cherry on the cake was my first review, which is as follows:-

Fiona Wilson has her finger so tightly on the pulse of the zeitgeist, she is in danger of cutting off its circulation. In her ‘Fire & Brimstone’ collection, chiaroscuro oils depict burlesque artists and tattooed nudes, many with wings which transform them into metaphysical beings of light – or darkness. The moody pieces capitalise on the current fascination with the supernatural, combined with the vogue for burlesque and vintage style.

‘Harlots’ is – appropriately enough – a dominant piece, a large work depicting two sultry female figures. The background swirls with dark material and patterns behind them: it and the title give the work a devilish and sinful quality which is compelling. In ‘A Thing Of Beauty’, Wilson has incorporated real bird feathers into the oils, turning her portrait of a young woman into something more beguiling.

Another standout piece is ‘Greed’, featuring a dark-haired woman in provocative pose, her limbs fading into the Klimt-like pattern of the background. Other paintings in the collection are more graphical in style, feeling like panels from a graphic novel at times, but Wilson’s siren-like oils are most definitely the seductive stars of this show.

Keith D, Edinburgh Spotlight Review- New Works at Axolotl, Nov 11th 2010

The original can be seen here:

I am not very good at 'bigging' myself up, so I am very pleased that Keith D was able to do it for me!
I am now busy tidying up loose ends before embarking on a new project which has been living in a sketchbook for way too long.