Cityscapes on the horizon…
…is a unique collection of original artworks by several leading Scottish contemporary artists all of whom have their own remarkable interpretation of our City and its environs. Twenty two exhibits, some of which are shown here, will be in the Gallery from Saturday, July 21st until August 5th and form part of our Summer Show ‘New Horizons’ which runs until August 26th.
Participating artists are Paul Kennedy, Dale Bissland, Karen Cairns, Gail Stirling Robertson and Michael Murison.
And the work of over 40 other mixed media artists will also be exhibited featuring landscapes, seascapes, still lives and figurative images… so do make your way along to the Gallery this weekend for a diverse array of original artwork.
June 30th – 26th August 2018
They say every Summer ‘has its own story’ and to prove that point our New Exhibition which runs throughout July and August features the iridescent work of over forty leading contemporary artists… who certainly have some artistic stories to weave.
In addition to our usual exhibitors ~ Linda Park, Andy Cross, Sandra Moffat, Stanley Bird, Jackie Henderson, Ian Rawnsley, Sheila Fowler, James Somerville Lindsay, Margaret Evans and Gail Stirling Robertson, to name but a few, we also have several new artists exhibiting for the first time.
We welcome to the Gallery Anne Marie Pinkerton whose ethereal and deeply profound paintings leave an indelible mark on your memory, Sarah K Speight whose Highland cows with ‘attitude’ will captivate and delight, ceramicist from Fife Melanie Edwards whose bisque fired exhibits are earthy and organic and Karen Rae who makes a welcome return to the Gallery with her intricate artwork which is always a talking point.
We also have a new selection of work from artisan glass artists Dorte Pape with her ever popular glass birds, Alexa Hope who has a new range of decorative glass panels and tea lights and Amanda Johnson whose opaque small vivid vessels are exquisite.
So do make your way to Thistle Gallery… always approachable but never predictable!
Carol Dunbar – Gallerist
Unique Art of Words
Exhibition is Quite a
Our exciting new Exhibition is now well underway after a really successful Preview Weekend with the Gallery full to overflowing with book and art lovers alike… here are a few images of what lies in store… but you really must visit to truly appreciate the diversity of work in every medium and the wide array of literature which has inspired our artists.
In addition to our normal opening hours this Thursday, June 7th and next Thursday, June 14th at 7pm the Gallery is privileged to be hosting two charity events in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Two acclaimed authors, Graeme Macrae Burnet and Carl MacDougall, will be reading extracts from their books. And a cornucopia of talented writers of poetry and short stories will also be present each evening who have all participated in two anthologies ‘Ten Writers, Telling Lies’ and ‘Honest Error’.
Tickets for these events, price £15, are selling fast and include wine and canapés and a raffle which includes a painting by popular artist Jackie Henderson who has donated ‘The Secret Garden’ artwork to help boost funds for the Macmillan Charity.
So do email us at [email protected] or call 07745392117 to secure your tickets for what promises to be two memorable evenings exploring the bond between art and literature.
For the Love
of Art And
2nd – 24th June 2018
We decided to explore the symbiotic relationship between Art and Literature in our remarkable new Exhibition which runs from June 2nd to 24th as part of the West End Festival.
The concept has been percolating for nearly a year and now we are delighted to say that twenty leading Scottish Contemporary Artists have more than risen to the challenge with a remarkable body of work which Previews on Saturday, June 2nd between 11am and 6pm.
Among the participating artists are Stan Milne, Jilly Henderson, Gillian Sim, Amanda Johnson, Dorte Pape, and Robyn Kinsman Blake. Through the mediums of painting, ceramics, glass, textiles and jewellery each artist explains their inspirations found in books, short stories and poems discovering along the way that ‘Literature, is in itself, an art.’ To fully interpret the links between the two key elements of the Show the Gallery is hosting two exciting Charity Events in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. So if you love Art and Words then do please join us for a memorable evening celebrating both! As well as wine and canapés there will be a raffle and your chance to win a superb painting by popular artist Jackie Henderson entitled ‘The Secret Garden’.
Thursday, June 7th
Accomplished author Graeme Macrae Burnet (His Bloody Project) will be reading extracts from his novels and chatting about his inspirations and techniques. Renowned poet Jane Bonnyman will read some of her profound poems and Gillean McDougall, the Editor of the Honest Error collection, with poets from the Group will perform renditions of their powerful work. Then two short story writers Samina Chaudry and James Connarty will read from their work… share their stories which appear in the popular ‘Ten Writers, Telling Lies’ book.
Thursday, June 14th
Well known and much loved Carl MacDougall (Someone Always Robs the Poor) will be reading extracts from his books and chatting with the audience. Gillean McDougall, the Editor of the ‘Honest Error’ collection and poets Vicki Husband, Mark Russell and Christine Williamson will be reciting their poetry inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. And finally three short story writers Pat Byrne, Gillian Margaret Mayes and Micheal Norton will give renditions of their writing which forms part of the popular book ‘Ten Writers, Telling Lies)
…and all the time you will be sitting among the vibrant artwork inspired by particular poets and prose.
Tickets priced £15 each are limited and will be on a first come, first served basis so call the Gallery today to book your tickets.
Carol Dunbar – Gallerist
‘Spring: the music of open windows’
31st March – 27th May 2018
We’re blowing away the winter cobwebs and welcoming in a new season with our vibrant new Show ‘Rites of Spring’ which Previews on Saturday, March 31st and runs throughout April and May.
As usual we have a wide and eclectic range of exhibits from some of Scotland’s leading contemporary artists working in oils, acrylics, pastel, gouache, felted merino and watercolours.
And we are delighted to introduce several new artists to the Gallery: Andrew Tough whose photorealistic land and mountain scape paintings are truly remarkable, Jack Brown whose coastal birds in flight are subtle but striking and Chris Gallacher whose colour palette has an intensity and depth well suited to his subject matter.
New work from Ross Muir, Moy Mackay, Gillian Henshaw, Louise Matheson and Vic Rodrick will also feature in the Show.
But in addition to over 80 paintings we also have a superb range of textiles including silk scarves by Vonnie Designs, lambswool scarves by Olive Pearson inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh motifs and plush velvet cushions by Catriona Gemmill. Also featured in the Show is a new range of ceramics by Angela Pointon who has taken blue birds as her theme and a subtle range of cobalt blue iridescent jewellery from Alexa Hope influenced by sea glass.
So do pop into the Gallery on Preview Day this Saturday from 11am until 6pm… .for a glass of wine and a wander round the artwork inspired by Spring.
Carol Dunbar – Gallerist
3rd – 25th March 2018
We are delighted to be exhibiting the work of eight leading Scottish Contemporary artists in our new Show entitled ‘Outer Shapes, Inner Spaces’ which Previews on Saturday, March 3rd and runs until March 25th.
This comprehensive Exhibition features a diverse array of subject matter, composition and techniques, however, the central theme is how each of the artists explore their outer living environment to express their inner artistic spaces.
PAUL KENNEDY’s work is often inspired by his city of birth, Glasgow, and the river running through it or traditional family holidays in the Scottish coastal towns of Fife. But at the core of his work is always the narrative between the people and their surroundings.
DALE BISSLAND’s inspiration primarily comes from Mother Nature whom he credits as his first teacher. The streets of Glasgow have provided him with endless inspiration in particular the old tenements which to him express so many different moods and emotions throughout the day as the shifting light strikes their facades.
JAMES SOMERVILLE LINDSAY draws his inspiration from the great masters and his field trips now include Italy and the Greek islands. But he is equally inspired by Glasgow and has a growing reputation throughout the UK for his cityscapes.
ANDY CROSS credits the surrounding countryside of his home in South Lanarkshire and his frequent visits to France for his inspiration. His most recent Still Life painting has an emphasis on colour, texture and the simplification of shapes and space.
DONALD MACLEOD is greatly inspired by the changing colours in the land, the sea and skies that surround him on the Outer Hebrides where he lives. He likes to work freely and produce bold blocks of colour using his emotions, intuition and his ability to paint and not just paint what is in front of him.
IAIN GORDON is a keen fly fisher which takes him all over Scotland discovering ‘off the beaten track’ hill lochs and different views of mountains and glens that are usually not seen by others. He too paints freely with no restriction of colour, shape or form.
PETER NARDINI is inspired not just by scenes around Glasgow and the surrounding countryside but also the Tuscan hillsides and Swiss lakeside settings which often feature in his work. Heavily Influenced by American artist Edward Hopper it is the mystery and the intrigue created by the presence of figures in his compositions which he regularly explores.
IAN ELLIOT feels strongly that travel is enlightening and how important it is to absorb the diversity of the places you visit, even within your own environs. And no matter what kind of work he is producing he gets pleasure from depicting the environment in an expressive, colourful and enjoyable way.
Carol Dunbar – Gallerist
New Year Show Now Underway
9th January – 25th February 2018
‘Turning over a New Leaf’ is the apt title of our new Exhibition which is now underway and which runs until Sunday, February 25th… so do visit the Show this weekend January 13th and 14th for a glass of wine.
With new exhibits now in the Gallery from among others Linda Park, Ross Muir, Jackie Henderson, Alison Cowan, Gillian Henshaw, Ian Elliot, Sheila Fowler and Janet Cleghorn this strong Show starts the year the way we mean to continue in our endeavours to bring you the best work from some of Scotland’s most popular contemporary artists.
Our Schedule of Exhibitions for 2018 is shaping up to be our most exciting yet and we are also planning several interactive Events throughout the year for our customers’ enjoyment.
Please note our New Opening hours for 2018 are:
Monday ~ Closed
Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am until 5.00pm
Sunday ~ noon to 5.00pm
Keep up to date with our New Website and Facebook Page for more details on future Shows.
Wishing all our artists and customers a very happy and healthy year ahead!
Carol Dunbar – Gallerist
New exhibits arrive for our popular Christmas Show
4th – 24th December 2017
Several new exhibits… including work by Ian McWhinnie, Ian Elliot, Jackie Henderson, James Somerville Lindsay and Sam Skelton have just arrived in the Gallery… along with new pieces of jewellery, ceramics, textiles and glassware… so for that elusive Christmas gift… large or small… for family or friends, do pop into the Gallery this week, you will not be disappointed and we offer a gift wrap service too. The Gallery is open daily from 10.00am until 5.30pm all of this week, and up until 2.00pm on Christmas Eve.
The Gallery will then be closed until January 9th when we will have our refreshed Show ‘Turning over a New Leaf’ installed. Warmest Wishes to you and yours during the Festive Season.
Carol Dunbar ~ Gallerist
4th – 24th December 2017
Our eagerly anticipated eight week long Christmas Show got underway on Saturday, November 4th and promises to be one of our best!
For the last six months we’ve been searching the length and breadth of Scotland’s thriving artistic community to bring you a diverse range of fresh work from over 80 leading contemporary artists.
The Show will run until Christmas Eve and on November 25th our eye-catching Winter Windows will be revealed and we will be serving mulled wine and mince pies…and of course the Gallery will be overflowing with a huge array of Christmas gifts for all your family and friends.
Our new, and much improved, website is now up and running and you can feast your eyes on our Gallery of Artists to get a flavour of what artwork we will be exhibiting.
We do hope you will pop in during the lead up to the festivities and you will be assured of a warm welcome from myself and our knowledgeable and approachable gallery assistants. We look forward to chatting to you about all our artists and the story behind their inspirations and techniques.
Carol Dunbar – Gallerist
Easing into Autumn with ‘Seven of Seven’
19th – 30th October 2017
As the night’s draw in we decided this autumn to invite seven artists to submit seven pieces of their work which best portray both their artistic inspirations and their technique… and the results are well worth popping in to see.
MARGARET EVANS – exhibits a fine selection of work which depicts some of the superb locations she has visited in the last year through her painting holidays. Using pastel as her medium, Margaret says it’s easy to travel with, fast to work with and captures the mood she wants to convey.
DREW MACKIE – is a multi-disciplined artist who explores a variety of materials and mediums in an effort to achieve aesthetic perfection through ephemeral mortality. The diverse mediums and his incredible attention to detail is shown through printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, book making and digital and chemical photography.
INNES MICHIE – whose work primarily relates to Scotland – its coastline, its people and its national flower exhibits a fine array of work of her native land. Scotland’s beaches are a constant source of inspiration to Innes from the east coast around St Andrews to Arran in the West. She paints thistles with a palette knife to reflect their spiky quality and she experiments with a variety of colours not just purple and greens.
JOSEPHINE BROEKHUIZEN – is originally from the Netherlands and her work is mostly in oils but she also makes screen prints linocuts and etchings. Her artworks are most intriguing and her pictures contain much more than meets the eye and a second look and further thought is always rewarded.
Also taking part in this diverse Show is Glasgow artist ROSS MUIR and Canadian born artist MICHELLE COHEN whose work is well known and much loved by Gallery customers.
Curtains Up On Our Winter Windows
28th November 2016
Browse through our eclectic Christmas Show ‘Unwrapped’ which runs until Christmas Eve. As well as an exceptional array of original Scottish Contemporary Art hanging on our spacious Gallery walls you will also find:
JEWELLERY BY: Amanda Johnson; David Murray; Alexa Hope; Clare Spencer; Carol Docherty ; Eileen MacAllister; Helen Swan and Robyn Kinsman Blake.
TEXTILES BY: Olive Pearson and Siobhan Gray featuring the loveliest of contemporary silk scarves in silk twill, lambs wool and modal and cashmere. Beautiful bespoke cushions of Scottish Islands and boats by Susan Mylne and finely felted tea lights and vases by Lynda Tyson.
CERAMICS BY: Angela Pointon with her sought after and quirky Clan range of jugs, fruit bowls and squinty paper cups; And a selection of all creatures great and small by ever popular ceramicist Alex Johannsen including, Penguins, Westie’s, Pugs, Daschunds and Schnausers.
ARTISAN GLASSWARE BY: Dorte Pape renowned for her delightful range of glass garden and sea birds and hare and robin tealight panels. And Marc Peters’ exquisite glass vessels in vibrant colours.
SCULPTURES BY: Douglas Kerr working with paper clay to create remarkable vases and Tim Djikman whose creations from wlalnut, elm and yew are truly thought provoking. And Morven Browne’s delicate and evocative sapling and tree sculptures are always a talking point.
And finally back, by popular demand, are our Swedish Santas and Elks …….so make your way to Thistle Gallery and choose your gorgeous gifts for family and friends.
Please note the Gallery will be open seven days a week for the month of December and on Saturdays we will be serving mulled wine and mince pies.
Unique Charity Event…
19th September 2016
The Gallery is to be the backdrop for a memorable Charity Event for Macmillan Cancer Support on Sunday, October 2nd. On that day we will be hosting a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with several surprises in store.
Artists Jackie Henderson, Cecilia Cardiff, Ross Muir, Sam Skelton, Sheila Fowler, Jilly Henderson, Jennifer Kilgour,Stan Milne and Gail Stirling Robertson have all produced superb and unique works of art inspired by the much loved story.
All of these exhibits will be available to purchase with a third of the proceeds going to Macmillan and all the money raised from the Ticket price and the Raffle will also go to the charity.
Tickets, which are restricted to 30, are now on sale on a strictly first come, first served basis. So ‘Don’t Be Late!’
Wild Horses Make Waves…
28th July 2016
‘A beautiful limited collection of beach art images to raise your spirits, on the days when you just can’t get to the beach.’
We are delighted to feature the work of accomplished photographic artist Yvonne Watt who will be showcasing fifteen remarkable images with us from this Saturday, July 30th until Sunday, August 14th.
Last year Yvonne had the privilege of spending a couple of days watching a herd of mares, stallions, foals and yearlings, known as the Wild Horses of the Salt River in Arizona. Originally this equine group numbered more than 500,000 wild horses but today it’s now fewer than 500.
For Yvonne it was an incredible experience to witness the herds’ fee spirit and unique interaction as they emerged from the Saguaro cactus desert land.
In addition to her equine images, Yvonne is also exhibiting her ‘beach art photography’ which takes many forms. From capturing discovered treasures or bird life on the beach to waiting for that perfect wave. She has a truly perfectionistic eye for detail which shows in the treatment of her exhibits….some of which are in box canvasses…some are printed on high gloss acrylic …others are framed in a more traditional way…but all of them large, medium or small, are at the cutting edge of contemporary photographic art and must be seen first hand to be truly appreciated.
This feature wall is part of our seasonal Show ‘Summer Breeze’ which runs until September 4th and contains exhibits from over 50 contemporary leading Scottish artists with new exhibits arriving weekly…..so do pop in.
Let Art Flourish…
11th March 2016
Dear Green Place is the title of our new Show featuring the work of eight contemporary Scottish Artists who often take inspiration from the city of Glasgow and its environs.
Sheila Fowler, Peter Nardini, Kristina Dickson, Tom Manley, Gail Stirling Robertson, Lilias Conroy, Michelle Cohen and sculptor Tom Allan will be exhibiting a wide range of their work in their own distinctive styles, depicting not only the city but other interpretative images and sculptures which reflect their artistic talents.
Our Exhibition will also feature ‘Transformation’ a unique Show by musician and artist Maureen Malcolm Gourley who explores the themes of transformation, connection and the magic which happens in between. Showcasing four original songs, seven pieces of art in mixed media, seven artists – Alison Brown, Lorna Brown, Veronica Casey, Jennifer Fergie, Jackie Forbes Henderson, Simone Landwehr-Traxler and of course Maureen herself, will explore and interpret her concept and vision.
Cuban moments captured…
10th February 2016
……..by accomplished photographic artist Iain Clark now at the Thistle Gallery. As this popular Show enters its final days in the Gallery this is your last chance to see Iain’s fine body of work captured during a life-changing trip to the island last year.
All those who have visited Iain’s Exhibition confirm that these remarkable 35 images truly capture the ‘essence’ of the country and it’s people ‘caught in time’ but on the brink of ‘fundamental change’.
Iain will be in the Gallery this Saturday, February 13th from 12:30 to 4:30pm and on Sunday 14th from 1:30pm until 4:30pm where he will be chatting to visitors about the stories behind his images and the fascinating country he found there.
And that was the beginning of the end of that…
19th January 2016
The Gallery is privileged to be hosting a remarkable exhibition by Glasgow based photographic artist Iain Clark. This unique body of work is the result of Iain’s visit last year to the Caribbean island of Cuba.
With the announcement last year that Cuba and the United States are to re-establish Embassies in each other’s countries this collection of 35 images gives viewers an insight into an island on the brink of real change.
Said Iain: ‘I wanted to experience Cuba as it was before the 21st century invaded. Cuba is unlike anywhere else in the world and my images aim to capture its uniqueness.
‘It’s a photographer’s paradise; the buildings in Havana appear to crumble before your eyes, the classic American cars on the road showcase the ‘make do and mend mechanics’ and you can’t walk far without the iconic Che Guevara looming over you. The Cuba which appears in this collection at the Thistle Gallery is disappearing day by day.
‘This Exhibition documents a way of life which, in a few year’s time, will only exist in memories. This bygone way of life will be laid to rest in the pages of history books. My images aim to capture a moment in time, preserving this freeze frame of Cuba forever.’
Iain’s work is held in the permanent collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, London, as well as private collections across the world.
The Exhibition runs from Saturday, January 30th until Sunday, February 14th.
Magical Page Turner Visits Gallery
7th December 2015
This Thursday we are delighted to be playing host to an unusual Charity Event when inspiring artist Ronnie Gildea gives art and book lovers an insight into his world of book folds and book sculptures…which are imaginative, magical and often whimsical.
Since first exhibiting at the Gallery, six months ago, his unique exploration of books and literature, which manifests itself in these intricate works of art, have captivated customers young and old.
Under the guise of ‘the boy who folds books’ Ronnie has turned his hand to depicting a galleon, a stag, cottages, owls, Angels, a carousel, squirrels, mice…..indeed you name it he has folded it!
But this week on December 10th he takes his art to a whole new level with a performance, aided and abetted by fellow artist Jack Henderson, entitled ‘Twas a night before Christmas …….which will have visitors literally spellbound.
In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support the Event starts at 730pm and there are just a handful of tickets left – priced £15 to include mulled wine and mince pies. So do contact the Gallery to snap yours up……you will not be disappointed …and it’s all in a good cause!
There will also be a raffle with several superb prizes on offer including a painting kindly donated by popular artist Jackie Henderson; a portrait donated by artist Ross Muir; a pair of women’s Ray Ban sunglasses gifted by Wallace Opticians; a superb book fold gifted by Ronnie Gildea, an exquisite silk scarf by exclusive textile designer Iona Crawford and several bottles of fine wine donated by the ADF Partnership.
Please contact Carol Dunbar at the Gallery 0141 334 3444 to reserve one of the remaining tickets
Miquel Torner de Semir
13th October 2015
‘Vibrant textured paintings which burst with colour and life’ is the apt description given to the work of acclaimed Catalonian artist Miquel Torner de Semir.
We are proud and privileged to exhibit nine of his rich, vivid and instantly recognisable works which will be with us from Saturday, October 24th until Sunday, November 8th.
Born in 1938, Girona. Spain. He studied at the Royal Catalan Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid. This Catalan painter’s work is characterized by his use of rich, vivid colours and when asked to choose a word to describe his work he simply uses the word “Life”. Often working in collage he uses musical scores, canvas and lace to add structure, texture and depth to his work.
Torner de Semir’s work bridges the gap between the old and the new, his influence from Gothic stained glass can clearly be seen. By the use of thick black lines to outline his figures he creates paintings within paintings and his use of truly vivid, neon colours link these windows to the modern world. Often depicting the female form, the figures in Torner’s paintings exude a calm serenity, reminiscent of religious art of the Middle Ages, however the intense, expressive colour palette and texture firmly places his work in the 21st century. The non confrontational faces of his woman allow the viewer to enter the painting, they do not challenge you but invite you through the window to create your own narrative.
Influenced by his contemporary Picasso, his passion for the historical as well as the modern is ever present. He strives to explore the abstract within the worlds he creates. Internationally renowned he was honored in 2003 and commissioned to design a postage stamp to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Spanish constitution. His work is in numerous public collections in Spain including The Museum of the Royal Mint and is highly sought after by art collectors internationally.
56 Park Rd, Glasgow G4 9JF
Please feel free to contact us using the details below. We are always more than happy to answer any queries you have about our exhibits or if you require further information and recommendations.
56 Park Rd, Glasgow G4 9JF
0141 334 3444 & 07745392117
Tuesday to Saturday 10am ~ 5.00pm,
Sunday Noon ~ 5pm,
Mondays ~ Closed