Bohun Gallery is curating a joint exhibition of paintings by the popular Scottish artist Shona Barr who explores the flora and fauna of Scotland, accompanied by Clare Bigger, one of the UK’s leading sculptors whose work has featured in several award winning RHS Chelsea show gardens.
The exhibition runs from Saturday 6 May to 3 June at the Bohun Gallery on Reading Road.
Shona Barr’s paintings reflect her continued interest in capturing and expressing the essential vitality of the Scottish landscape and climate, articulated through panoramic sea views and fields rolling into the distance. Her working practise begins with detailed watercolours painted ‘en plein air’ enabling her to absorb the atmosphere and catch the changing light which alters the colour and mood of the terrain. Over the years, Shona has found herself drawn back time and time again to working by the sea. There is constant change within the shifting tides, and the colours of the sea which are transformed from one moment to the next as clouds move past. In the studio, the final painting becomes a distillation of the key elements, articulating the sense of the place rather than describing it in detail. The brushstrokes play with the boundaries where abstract marks come together as a recognisable image.
The luscious textures and colours have become synonymous with Shona Barr’s work and defined a successful career. Shona Barr graduated from Glasgow School or Art in 1988 where she was the recipient of the Landscape prize and the Armour Prize for Still Life. She has paintings in permanent, corporate and private collections worldwide and has exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Glasgow Institute, Paisley Art Institute and exhibits frequently in galleries across the United Kingdom.
Clare Bigger’s sculptures are all about movement, whether capturing a dancer balancing on point, a sprinter in full flight or a bird of prey about to swoop. Working on both a domestic and monumental scale, Clare sculpts her subjects from stainless steel creating light and airy structures which celebrate the spontaneity of movement.
Notable commissions and collections include EMI, Prior’s Court School, Taylor Woodrow and the Jerwood Foundation and iconic landmarks such as Milton Keynes’ ‘Leaping Man’ and Reading ‘Gateway’. Clare Bigger has also created trophies for Manchester United, Rugby Union, Rugby League and more recently cycling. Her sculptures have also featured in several award winning RHS Chelsea show gardens, private and corporate gardens.