Four inspirational artists to show at fourth ‘Inspired Art’ exhibition

FOUR MORAY BASED artists are set to exhibit at the Logie Steading near Forres next month in what will be the fourth ‘Inspired Art’ exhibition at the venue’s Long Room.

For the 2017 event three painters from Moray – Jude Edgar (Forres), May Black (Hopeman) and Sue Sabrovalaki (Buckie) will join ceramic artists George MacKenzie (Elgin).

The four contemporary artists will share their love of the North East of Scotland through their work in an exhibition that runs from August 8 to August 27.

George MacKenzie said: “My work is very influenced by the local landscape, its patterns and changing colours through the year.

“Colour and pattern have always been important to me and I usually develop surface decoration ideas before considering the form of each ceramic piece. I throw, coil and build with slabs of clay. I paint during the winter months when it is too cold to work in my studio.”

Mary Black added: “My paintings are a personal response to what I see – from seascapes to street scenes, they reflect the emotion and feeling that I have towards the subject. Earlier this year I enjoyed the challenges of plein air painting at Katwijk beach, Holland and found the changes of light and colour quite different from the north east Scottish coast.”

Jude Edgar returned to art after a period writing books on Art History: “Using acrylic and mixed media, often featuring gold leaf, I mostly paint in my hillside studio which has panoramic views over Findhorn Bay and the Moray Firth.

“The view from my studio inspires many of my landscapes, but I do go out and about in search of inspiration. I also love creating textured, colourful, still life and contemporary collage inspired by Old Master art. Recently I’ve also been drawn to the expressive qualities of watercolour, and have enjoyed experimenting with this exciting medium.”

Sue Sabvovalaki meanwhile explained how her work starts with informal sketches: “They range from small studies to more explorative pieces that are sustained, which may take several weeks to complete.

“My artwork is a record of my journey from location, response to place, to finished artwork in a range of mediums, on paper, board and canvas.

“Currently I am working to eliminate un-necessary detail, I do not intentionally remove marks, as I want each mark to be certain and assured, by the nature of my working practice, marks are lost and sometimes found again, it is this conflict which continues to make each painting a challenge and pleasure.”