SOLO SHOW SEPT 21st 2019
West End Gallery, AB
PAINT THE TOWN RED!
An explosively colourful and quirky interpretation of Scotland’s cities, landscapes and coastal villages.
In celebration of her 50th year, Blythe Scott launches her latest collection which celebrates and explores her connection to her home country.
To create this body of work, she has drawn upon her experiences and memories of growing up in Scotland but also from direct observation while travelling this year to some of the places that have been most significant and enduringly appealing to her.
Reality is however, only a starting point for the whimsical worlds that Blythe Scott creates. Her decorative and intuitive style aims to transport the viewer to places that are uplifting and not necessarily tied to a particular season or time of day. She offers a version of reality that we might prefer or perhaps want to daydream about.
Reference to the rich heritage of textile production is made, particularly in her landscapes. Overlaying colours, transitions from one texture to another and a sense of warp and weft, all work to suggest that these landscapes were perhaps as much woven or patched, as painted.
A vibrant palette, layered mixed media and signature use of metal leaf are all in abundance in these pieces which are played out on at times, a larger scale than usual.
Blythe’s love affair with the square format continues, including large diptychs composed of side by side squares, creating panoramic views of her subject matter.
In developing this collection, the colour red emerged as a strong motif. It seemed to convey an exuberance which expressed both her affection for her home country as well as an excitement she wanted to communicate.
Whether describing castles or harbours, cities or patchwork farms, ´Paint the Town Red’ speaks of the joy and playfulness of the Scottish spirit.