D&A art for Italy

Release Date: 15 February 2017

The work of four D&A College art lecturers will make up a quarter of the Scottish contribution to a forthcoming exhibition in Italy.

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D&A artists (from left) – Ian Ritchie, Gillian Robertson and Angus McEwan (courtesy of The Courier, Dundee, © D CC Thomson & Co Ltd).

Angus McEwan, Gillian Robertson, Ian Ritchie and Ossie Paesano, are among more than 1000 artists from all over the world, who have had work accepted for the FabrianoInAcquarello watercolour convention.

A total of 16 Scottish artists are taking part in what is described as the most important Italian event dedicated to watercolourists.

This is the eighth year that the convention has been staged in Fabriano, the Italian city which first gave birth to paper in Europe 700 years ago.

The work of the D&A quartet will be included in about 800 pieces, from 65 countries, exhibited at the convention from Thursday-Sunday, April 20-23.

Angus McEwan is no stranger to Fabriano, having exhibited and given workshops there in the past.

A member of both the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Royal Watercolour Society, the Wormit-based artist was chosen by the convention organisers to encourage a Scottish contingent to take part.

With the help of Edinburgh-based artist Jenny Matthews, the lecturer is now leading 16 Scottish artists who will be exhibiting at the convention, each contributing one work.

Angus is sending a 76 x 50 cm piece depicting a distressed gourd, bound in cord, which he saw in Marrakesh.

“The gourd is reminiscent of a world globe, damaged and decaying, so I called the painting, Global Crisis,” said the lecturer.

Gillian’s entry is inspired by far more personal experiences. Entitled “Abundance of Life” the piece depicts 18 articles gathered over a lifetime.

“This painting reflects the ever changing beauty of life through curating objects that surround me, some old and some new, each telling stories of lives interlinked whilst the flowers and natural objects serve as memento mori.” said the artist who has scooped various awards for printmaking and watercolours in the past.

RSW prize-winner Ian Ritchie is dispatching “Immigration Ship”, a mixed media work depicting a sail ship leaving the Highlands.

The Friockheim-based artist, who scooped the Turcan Connell Prize at the RSW annual exhibition in Edinburgh in 2015, frequently works around a Scottish theme in his art.

Dundee-based Ossie chose an intriguing work for the convention involving embossing, which highlights the versatility of using paper, and gold leaf.