JOYCE GUNN CAIRNS, MBE
YOUR VIP INVITATION
THE OPENING NIGHT
SATURDAY 19TH MAY 2018 COMMENCING 6.30PM
MEET THE ARTIST IN PERSON – wine and canapés will be served.
With 9 works in the permanent collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, other works in major collections including Balliol College, Oxford and Jesus College, Cambridge and her shows being covered in the press countless times, the Scottish artist Joyce Gunn Cairns needs no introduction.
One of the most critically acclaimed artists working in Scotland today, Joyce Gunn Cairns, MBE trained in Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art. In her often, hauntingly beautiful portraits, Joyce draws on her deep sensitivity and appreciation of literature.
Illustrated above; ‘Woman Child‘ is a technically brilliant study. Here, Joyce’s apparently frustrated pencil lines that form the outlines of the subject convey a sense of brokenness and a sense of Childhood lost. Writing in The Scotsman, Duncan MacMillan has said that “she not only manages that sense of reaching out to touch, she conveys how, from inwards, we feel outward, what it is like to be in one’s own skin.”
Illustrated; ‘Ahimsa’ is much more than a simple nude study, the painting is almost mythical in it’s origin. The title ‘Ahimsa’ means – ‘not to injure’, and this is evident in the way the woman is at one with the two birds that sit by her.
Joyce Gunn Cairns “I do enjoy the experience of meeting writers and actors through my relative ability to draw heads, but my deepest interest as an artist is in the figure, and so long as I cannot paint like Rembrandt, I will be forever restless. Most of my figurative work is imaginative insofar as it may begin with a sitter but it transforms itself through re-working.”
WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US FOR THIS UNMISSABLE EVENT
George & Claire
GALLERY OWNER & GALLERY MANAGER