Portable Landscapes: Richard Demarco / Dawson Murray / Ann Oram

2 August - 6 September 2014

Tatha Gallery is proud to present three wonderful Scottish artists for our summer exhibition. We will be showcasing a selection of landscapes, seascapes and mindscapes by Ann Oram RSW, Dawson Murray RGI and Richard Demarco HRSA. The exhibition will run from the 2nd August to 6th September 2014. 

We are pleased to invite you to Tatha’s August show, which is entitled Portable Landscapes. The title of the show comes from the knowledge that once a piece of artwork has moved you in someway it continues to move with you, changing the way you see and react to the world.


Our three Artists do this effortlessly with their work. Ann Oram (http://www.annoram.com/) uses the her strong studies of native fauna to push the land out of the canvas and into the senses of the observer forcing the onlooker to take the lasting image away as if kissed by gentle breeze of pollen filled air. And yet in her wider landscapes she reverses this process pulling you into the broader scene until you find yourself immersed in the white sands or blue sea. Her work is about gentle movement and freedom, about transient moments that stay forever imprinted on a welcoming mind. About the ability of beautiful art to move even the most stubborn of minds.


Dawson Murray RSW however, portrays the gardens that he paints as journeys of light. As if each particle of light is taking a journey in order enhance the understanding of the observing eye. His colours strong and symbolic he creates the novel scenes that somehow feel familiar. Like an artistic deja vu he leaves your eyes haunted by his scapes, always wanting more and yet fully satisfied by the presented feast. He fullfills this dichotomous sleight in an effortless way leaving the very essence of his work bathing your eyes with a different understanding of whatever they see afterwards. His etchings are about that movement of light, about the dream within a landscape.  The essence of the dream are then used to create his sugar lift etchings which have an almost watercolour, fluid like quality to them.  Dawson's disability, being quadriplegic has allowed, this vision to come forth and to paint with his mind, he has always reflected the ambiguity of changing light in the garden environment and here he has found the perfect tool to allow his art to remain free from constrictions.


Lastly Richard Demarco (www.richarddemarco.org) the great communicator of Scottish art. For years he has dedicated his life to making the International connections, that Scottish art thrives on. Often, to the oversight of his own personal work. However even here, in his painting, Demarco highlights our connections, our ties with others, from his seascapes that emphasize the watery trade routes of our ancestors, to his townscapes that spotlight the places that have been changed and altered by the positive influence of past foreigners. His work displays the simple fact that our landscape not only alters us directly but also changes whom we meet and how we meet them. He is aware of the lasting effect that culture has on a person and nowhere is this more subtly displayed than in his paintings.