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Liz Douglas

Artist Biography

Liz Douglas is an artist working in the Scottish Borders. She was born and brought up in Angus. She studied drawing at Edinburgh College of Art, completing her postgraduate Masters of Fine Art, Painting in 1993.

Statement

My painting is influenced by specific landscapes. The ‘macro and micro’ and ‘visible and invisible’ are elements that fascinate me, which I incorporate into my work.

I continually try to find ways to express elements of the landscape that reveal something else that is elusive and intriguing, difficult to quantify, with a poetic, musical resonance.

Drawing is an important part of the process – a looking at the landscape, engaging with it in all weathers.

I have a long connection with landscape – it is part of myself and something that I try to connect with through my working processes.

In my research work I reference ancient themes, contemporary issues, northern European and Eastern painting traditions, in the exploration of my subject matter.

I am particularly interested in the relationship between the natural world and the human world and the importance of wild natural spaces that exist in Scotland and a need to connect to these through walking the landscape. The writer Nan Shepherd, in  “The Living Mountain”, and in her poetry, has been an important influence.

In this new series of work I am revisiting Nan Shepherd’s ‘The Living Mountain’ in relation to pools, pockets, and edges within the landscapes of Ullapool, the Flow Country and the Borders.

March 2018

 

Selected Exhibitions 

Exhibitions

2018    SSA/VAS Annual Exhibition

2017    Mire: Pools and Pockets, And Gallery, Edinburgh

            Edinburgh Art Fair, And Gallery, Edinburgh

            Connections – mixed exhibition – And Gallery, Edinburgh

            ‘Intranquility’ Tweeddale Museum, Peebles – curated SSA project

            Outlook, mixed exhibition - & Gallery, Edinburgh

            ‘Intranquility’ Dunfermline Fire Creative – curated SSA project

2016    ‘Intranquility’ An Talla Solais, Ullapool – group curated SSA exhibition

            ‘Intranquility’ SSA Annual Exhibition

            Wasps Artist’s Studios Open Studios Exhibition

2015    The Debateable Landscape – Hawick Museum

            Empire: SSA curated exhibition – Old Rope Works, Montrose – invited artist

            The Steading Exhibition, Morebattle Mains, Kelso

            & Collective, Bridge of Allan

SSA

2014    SSA

            Creative Place commission - Eastgate Theatre, Peebles

2013    Sofia International Paper Art Biennial

            RSW; RSA; SSA

2012    ‘Hidden Stories’ – reconstructed studio from Heriot Watt University -Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh

2011    ‘Mire’ Harestanes, Ancrum, Jedburgh

            ‘Way’ – Art installations, Over Phawhope Bothy, Ettrick

            SSA

2010    ‘Seeds of Time’ solo exhibition, Tweeddale Museum, Peebles

2009-10 SSA/the Shape of Things/Harestanes; Seeds of time,Tweeddale Gallery, Peebles

2008    Interface – The Meffan, Forfar/Abroath/Montrose

2006    Seeds of Time 2, Peebles Museum

2005    Willowlines – new work from Ettrick Haughland

2004    Collyer Bristow Gallery, London

            Wasps, Peebles/SSA

2003    SSA

2001-4 Interface-Sci-Art Touring Exhibition – Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries; Kilmarnock; Wick; Inverness; St Andrews; Galashiels

2000    SSA/Art 2000

1999    Seeds of Time – new work Harestanes Environmental Centre, Ancrum

            Glasgow Art Fair/Art 99

 

Works in Public and Private Collections

Standard Life, Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art, The National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Borders Council, Art in Healthcare Scotland, Flying Colours Gallery, East and Midlothian Art Fund, Capital Solutions, Eildon Group, Barclays Bank, Wetherspoons

            Awards

            2015    Visual Artist and Craft makers awards: South of Scotland

            2014    Creative Place Commission -Eastgate Theatre, Peebles

            2013    Edinburgh Laser Studio Award – SSA

            2012    Con-text Residency – Heriot Watt University, School of Textiles, Galashiels

            2011    Visual Artists Awards: Scottish Borders 2010-11

            2008    Deloitte and Touche LLP Award – SSA

                        Scottish Natural Heritage – research award

                        Scottish Borders Council – research award

            2005    The Evelyn Williams Trust – bursary – Drawing Quarters 2005 UWE

                        To study with Avis Newman

            2004    The Hope Scott Trust – research award

                        Scottish Natural Heritage – research award

            2000    Society of Scottish Artists – Edinburgh Printmakers Research Award

            1993    John Florent Stone Scholarship

            1991    RSA Student exhibition – Angus Award for Landscape

                        Borders Biennial – Commended

 

            Memberships

            1996    Professional Member of Society of Scottish Artists

 

Website: www.lizdouglas.co.uk