Greer Ralston - Nuances de Blanc
Opening Saturday 3rd June 2-4pm
Exhibition continues until 28th June 2017
Greer graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1987 with an Honours Degree in Fine Art.
A now successful and decorated artist, Greer’s early career was carved as a portrait painter with work exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in London. As well as forging her own career and development as an artist Greer has had several portrait commissions auctioned by Christies in London to raise funds for a major charity.
In the last year Greer’s interests have shifted from figurative and equestrian to large scale flower paintings. This has taken Greer down a new route of colour and expression with the artist becoming fascinated with all the shapes, colours and nuances of flowers.
NUANCES DE BLANC
This exhibition follows on from Greer’s last solo exhibition “Passions & Peonies”.
It is not the intention to portray the subject as an object of domestic decoration, but to examine closely and interpret the shapes, almost resembling the sculptural makeup of a landscape. Greer is particularly interested in white flowers and the way the white picks up and reflects all the colours around it, “White is not just white!”. The selection of flowers chosen for this body of work: Peonies, Parrot Tulips and Ranunculus (spring rose) are all white and all with a complicated, multi layered surface that creates a world of intrigue, full of shape and colour.
Greer’s approach to creating the work starts with painting loosely, freehand with a large brush to form the composition. She then moves on to building up many layers using thin glazes of oil paint to create the final structure and detail. This is slow and painstaking work, as each layer has to be completely dry before the next application.
Greer tries not to be influenced by other artists but has found inspiration in the Victorian painter and illustrator Marianne North and the American artist Georgia O’Keeffe; not so much in their style but in their approach to the subject matter, and also the place they hold in the history of women artists.