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Fiona Matheson “Shadow Lands” Solo Show
May 27, 2017 - July 29, 2017
It has been ten years since Fiona’s inaugural exhibition here at Inchmore. Her distinctive style, made up of several layers to create depth and interest, has evolved with spontaneity and richness.
Shadow Lands is a new body of work which captures three main starting points; the landscape, its changing light and vast open spaces; the buildings within this uncompromising backdrop; alongside dramatic semi abstract monochromatic compositions.
You and your guests are cordially invited to the opening of this new solo exhibition on Saturday 27th May, from 2.00pm until 4.00pm. This exhibition runs until Saturday 29th July and concurrently with the Spring Exhibition.
Fiona Matheson is known for her bold and vibrant textural work. Her paintings combine the influence of landscape along with experimental mark making in oil and mixed media. Living in the Highlands Fiona draws her inspiration for her striking imagery from land, loch and sea.
Having spent several weeks travelling from Mallaig to the Ardnamurchan Peninsula as well as heading North to Orkney Fiona has been able to collate a varied and comprehensive amount of visual source material in order to execute her large (and small) canvases back in the studio which overlooks the Moray Firth.
To become a painter was a natural progression for Fiona following a successful career as a knitwear designer. She graduated in textiles from Winchester School of Art and won the ‘Young Designer into Industry Award’ presented by the Royal Society of Arts before working with Marks and Spencer. As an artist her relationship with the landscape is deep rooted, coming from several generations of Highland crofters. The richness of colour contrasts well against a monochromatic palette, this unique textural quality reflects her early training and background. She works both in oils and mixed media and her unmistakable wide-format landscapes conjure the uncompromising essence of the north.
There are a further 43 “small paintings” (under 35x35cm), both colourful and black&white, which can be seen in the gallery along with a number of greetings cards, both hand made and digitally reproduced ones of Fiona’s larger works.