Current Exhibition

Shona Barr
16th May to 6th June 2015

Shona Barr celebrates her fiftieth year with a major solo show of new paintings at Bohun Gallery this May. The popular Scottish artist continues to explore Aberdeenshire and depicts the dramatic landscapes, flora and fauna with characteristically daring colour combinations and broad, dynamic brushstrokes.

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 completely abstract marks come together as a recognisable image.

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 the permanent collections of Lillie Art Gallery, Prior's Court School and Strathclyde University, and corporate and private collections worldwide. She has been included in the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Glasgow Institute (David Cargill Award, 1989), Paisley Art Institute and exhibits frequently in galleries across the United Kingdom.

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Calendula

Oil on canvas
28 x 28 ins



Estuary

Oil on canvas
48 x 48 ins



Allotment Border

Oil on canvas
36 x 36 ins



Auchnagatt

Oil on canvas
28 x 36 ins



Marram Grass

Oil on canvas
36 x 48 ins



Clematis and Sweet Peas

Oil on canvas
28 x 28 ins



North East Shore

Oil on canvas
36 x 28 ins



Pink Azalea

Oil on canvas
20 x 16 ins



Scotstown Beach Looking South

Oil on canvas
28 x 28 ins



Wisteria and Shadows

Oil on canvas
36 x 36 ins



Craigmaddie View II

Oil on canvas
16 x 20 ins



Yellow Azalea

Oil on canvas
20 x 26 ins



Summer Beach (Study)

Oil on card
6 x 7½ ins



Wild Sky

Oil on canvas
28 x 36 ins



Morning Moor

Oil on canvas
20 x 20 ins



Yellow Lilies

Oil on canvas
20 x 26 ins



Aquilegia (Study)

Oil on card
10½ x 10½ ins



Meadow Edge (Study)

Oil on card
8½ x 11 ins



Promontory

Oil on canvas
20 x 26 ins



Pink Azalea (Study)

Oil on card
8 x 8 ins



Wild Sky (Study)

Oil on card
8 x 8 ins



Wisteria and Shadows (Study)

Oil on card
10½ x 10½ ins



Lush Field (Study)

Oil on card
6½ x 8 ins



Aquilegia

Oil on canvas
36 x 36 ins



Promontory (study)

Oil on canvas
10 x 12.5 ins



Fields in July, study

Oil on card
6 x 8 ins



Orange Azalea: Study

Oil on card
8 x 8 ins



Carnations: Study

Oil on card
7 x 7 ins



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Tuesday to Saturday
10am to 5pm. Closed
weekday lunchtimes
1.15pm to 2.15pm.