John Bathgate. Contemporary Scottish Paintings.
I work from my studio at Roskhill, just south of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, attracted here in 1992 by a love of the rugged, wilder country of Scotland's north west, which inspires much of my work.
After joining "The Lothians Group of Artists"
in 1979, I started exhibiting in and around Edinburgh and established
my first working studio in Haddington, East Lothian.I have been working
as a full time artist ever since, exhibiting in group and one-man shows
throughout Scotland, having also had work hung and sold in the RSW exhibition
in Edinburgh.I now show work from Inverness in the North to Eton in the
south, as well as selling at the studio at Roskhill.Julian Halsby and
Paul Harris have now included me in the new version of the "Dictionary
of Scottish Painters,1600 to the Present",published in 2010.
I work in various media and like to explore ways of applying
paint and collage to create interpretations of the elements that shape
the Scottish landscape. Waterbased media allow everything from thin layered
washes, to thickly applied acrylic, with collage integrated into the paint.
Work in oils has again begun to feature and some very effective images
are produced with the use of collage alone.
It may be a panoramic view, or a cluster of trees and houses. Often, it is smaller details, like drystone dykes or a tangle of seaweed on rocks. Back in the studio I can concentrate on the paintings, without the difficulty of the elements, a necessity in a Highland environment. On occasions, some images arrive on their own, with no preliminary drawings. At times, when an accumulation of work starts a flow of ideas, paintings build into a series. I like to have an open mind and try any new ideas that come my way. I am always learning
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