Actor Phill Jupitus takes part in the Gullane exhibition


A GROUP of Scottish artists, along with famous comedian Phill Jupitus, have joined forces for a collage-inspired art exhibition in Gullane.

The eight artists were brought together by Alan Rae, owner of Fidra Fine Art and longtime enthusiast of the art of collage, to create an exhibition in October and November.

Alan said: “I have asked eight artists whose work I admire to create works for the exhibition, which runs until November 21.

“It was a fascinating exercise to watch the collages happen. By having them all in the same room, I hope people find it interesting to compare the different styles and be inspired.”

Jupitus, a Fife comedian turned art student, is currently in his third year at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee.

He said, “The best thing about collage is how quickly you can work with color, shape, and storytelling.

“I love the work of collage artists like Peter Blake.

“What’s great about his art is the deeper eye he has for connection and context.

“There is a lively and fickle game that accompanies a really concrete intention. Unexpected stories emerge as you build a collage. It’s a compelling medium.

Glasgow-based artist Alastair Strachan’s collages evolve from quick line drawings and develop by layering colorful papers created from leftover paint from his palette.

Karen Thomson, an Edinburgh-based ceramic artist, incorporates a variety of patterns, surface textures, shapes and color accents into ceramic plates.

John Caldwell Brown is best known as a painter.

He said, “Sometimes collage is a way to an end.

“Other times it’s an end in itself.

“I like the magpie approach of finding the right room in a studio full of possibilities.”

Collage also presents new works by Alfons Bytautas, born in Borders.

The famous printmaker attended the Edinburgh College of Art from 1972 to 1976 before moving to Paris to study at Atelier 17, the studio of famous modernist printmaker Stanley William Hayter.

Bytautas was a master engraver at the Edinburgh Printmaker’s Workshop from 1979 to 2009 and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in printmaking techniques.

The gallery is open every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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