Confluence - Paintings by Jane Hunter
Posted by Jane Hunter
An exhibition of abstract paintings born from a search for connection and belonging.
12th August - 3rd September.
(Preview 12th August 2pm - 4pm)
Tighnabruaich Gallery, Seaside House, Tighnabruaich, Argyll, PA21 2DR
21 x paintings, acrylic on paper and canvas, ranging in size from 21 x 21cm to 152 x 152cm
Visual Artist, Jane Hunter, may have been searching for connection and belonging her whole life. Having lived in urban Renfrewshire for her entire 41 years, the time eventually came to broaden the search area. In a move which involved closing her large Paisley art studio and condensing the life built into the bricks of a suburban family home, Hunter, replanted herself in a small, but lofty, tenement flat high on a hill in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute.
Taking chances is how most of Hunter’s abstract paintings start out. Moving huge pools of watery liquid around the canvas and trying to bring in an element of control after the initial free expression is akin to moving her life and work to a west coast Scottish island having never spent a night there before moving into her new home.
In these abstract paintings, some of her biggest work to date, Hunter attempts to bring together and question human connection to nature and community. They speak of time in the landscape and seascapes with fellow artists, ecologists, botanists, forest rangers, kayakers and swimmers. Of sitting on a beach waiting for otters with hot chocolate and new friends. Of camping and campfires while tallying up gannet dives.
Professionally, this has been a significant year in the life of a self-taught artist. From a period of self-discovery on residency at Cove Park, Helensburgh, being crowned “Best in Show” at Scotland’s biggest open art exhibition (Big Art Show, Paisley, 2022), creating the album artwork for the popular Scottish band Tidelines recent hit album, being elected as professional member of Visual Arts Scotland and having work commissioned to join the National Collection in National Museum of Scotland.
Jane Hunter, 42, has been practicing and exhibiting now for ten years. In that time Jane’s work has been shown in galleries across Scotland, including solo exhibits at The Watermill, Aberfeldy, Harbour Arts, Irvine and The Tighnabruaich Gallery, and is held in private collections across the world. Jane has collaborated with a number of corporate clients and her work is held in the collections of the National Museum of Scotland, British Geological Survey, Raasay Distillery, Perle Hotels, North Ayrshire Council, Renfrewshire Council and KPMG Edinburgh.
Tighnabruaich Gallery, Seaside House, Tighnabruaich, PA21 2DR,