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Information:

ADDRESS:

The Alchemy Experiment

157 Byres Road, G12 8TS

Glasgow

VIEWING NIGHT:

Thursday 18th Jan.                 19.00-21.00

OPENING HOURS:

Mon - Fri                                     8.30-18.00

Sat                                               9.00-18.00

Sun                                             10.00-18.00

ARTIST LINK:

@abbielois.studio

@jenniebates

@alicecampbellart

@lornarsinclair

@innesmowat

19.01.24

GROUP EXHIBITION

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

FREE ENTRY

31.01.24

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow is a group exhibition at The Alchemy Experiment showcasing work by Glasgow-based artists Alice Campbell, Jennie Bates/Innes Mowat, Abbie Lois, and Lorna Sinclair.


They met a decade ago while studying at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee and have been friends and collaborators since. This show reflects on their parallel development as artists, drawing links and highlighting contrasts between their work - and showcases how their friendship, and the support they receive from each other while navigating the art world, has allowed their respective practices to flourish. 


A theme of mythology and folklore runs through the work of Alice Campbell and Abbie Lois (who also share a studio).

Abbie Lois calls attention to the inherent links between folk tales and our land and its inhabitants, and points to lessons that can be learnt from these often ancient stories.
Similarly Alice Campbell explores stories with a folk, mythic or sacred origin, predominantly through painting. She takes inspiration from her own experiences and observations, and (currently) the imagery found in medieval illuminated manuscripts. 


Like Alice Campbell, Lorna Sinclair makes large scale paintings, where rich botanical scenes, seascapes and open windows spill from her canvases and paper. Her paintings are spontaneous and
process-driven and directed by colour.

Jennie Bates is also led by her process, creating bold and layered screen prints, working intuitively with cut-paper collage and mark making to create works with energy and subtle symbolism, and often a feeling of nostalgia. She also works under a pseudonym, Innes Mowat, making work influenced by the fallibility of memory and subjectivity of human experience.


All of the artists play with world-building or alternative realities in their work. Alice Campbell creates her own characters and surroundings, with scant regard to the logic and order of the real world. Abbie Lois creates her own interpretation of tales hidden in our landscapes and/or cultural memories, weaving in diverse references to create a new visual language, while Innes Mowat draws links between science, religion and other narratives we use to explain the world, making three-dimensional diorama boxes which represent parallel worlds. Lorna Sinclair paints ethereal landscapes and interior spaces that are rooted in reality but reimagined and transformed through her work. Likewise Jennie Bates often creates idealised interpretations of real spaces, filtered through her own imagination.


Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow brings together these artists for their first group show, showcasing works which highlight the past, subvert the present or speculate about the future; and celebrate ten years of connection.

Lorna Sinclair 

@lornarsinclair         

lornarosesinclair@hotmail.co.uk 

 

Lorna Sinclair (b.1994) is a Scottish artist currently living and working in Glasgow. Graduating in Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (2017), Lorna has since exhibited work across Europe and the UK, whilst recently completing Art Residencies in Cyprus and Berlin.

 

Lorna creates ethereal landscapes and interior spaces that are rooted in reality but reimagined and transformed through her work. Rich botanical scenes, seascapes and open windows spill from her canvases and paper, directed by colour. Process driven; the paintings derive from spontaneous sketches and imagination, providing a form of escapism.

Blue Mountain Baths

Oil on linen

185 x 94cm

£4500

The Misty Isle

Oil on linen

200 x 105cm

£4500

Market Street

Oil on canvas

50 x 34cm

£600

Alice Campbell

@alicecampbellart

lassiebird@gmail.com

The imagery in Alice Campbell's work frequently derives from her own experiences, the people she knows, the places she's visited and the patterns she takes from the world around her. More established narratives with a folk, mythic or sacred origin are also important to her practice. Most recently she has been taking inspiration from the elaborate, vibrant and detailed imagery found in so many medieval illuminated manuscripts.

 

Through predominantly painting Alice enjoys creating her own characters and surroundings, often paying scant regard to the logic and order of the real world. For Alice, having this playful control over her imagined scenes and creating a brand new image never before seen is very much part of the excitement of being an artist. 

Old Friends (2)

Oil on card

15 x 21cm - unframed

£375 - framed

The Reunion (2)

 

Oil on card

15 x 21cm - unframed

 

£375 - framed

Abbie Lois  

@abbielois.studio  

helloabbielois@gmail.com

Abbie Lois is an illustrator, storyteller and printmaker based in Glasgow, but originally from the Highlands. She grew up with wild, ancient stories that were influenced by respect for the land around us, and these have seeped into her practise as an artist today. 

Her practice focuses upon bringing folklore to the forefront of our modern lives, showing how these stories can act as guides for living in harmony with the land and its inhabitants.

Cailleach na Mointeach

 

Framed Screen Print

29.7 x 42 cm

£110

Inspired by the hill range on the Isle of Lewis that, when viewed from afar, resembles a sleeping woman. There are many hills around the mainland and islands of Scotland that are named after women - mythical or otherwise.

Green Man

Abbie Lois

Framed Screen Print

59.4 x 42 cm

£165

The Green Man is one of the oldest pagan symbols that is still widely seen decorating churches to this day, a practice dating back to the times of the Reformation. It’s seen as a symbol of nature worship, new beginnings and spring. He seems to appear the most in places where there were stretches of ancient woodland, such as in Devon and Somerset, and on edges of the forest areas of Yorkshire and the Midlands.

Fionn mac Cumhaill

Framed Screen Print

29.7 x 42 cm

£110

‘Fionn mac Cumhail’. Here lies the legendary giant/ warrior in Irish and Scottish mythology. He was said to be the leader of the Fianna - bands of young roving hunter-warriors, as well as being a seer and poet - but he’s probably most famous for his role in creating the Giant's Causeway in Ireland. There’s stories across Ireland and Scotland as to where his final resting place lies, and one of these places is said to be Tomnahurich hill in Inverness, where he rests alongside the Fianna, in wait of the day when the land is in need of them to fight once again.

Jennie Bates 

@jenniebates  

jenniebates95@gmail.com

 

Jennie Bates is an illustrator who depicts stylised interpretations of real spaces and objects, taking inspiration from the aesthetics of retro graphic design to create her own visual language. 

She is led by her process, creating bold and layered screen prints, working intuitively with cut-paper collage and mark making to create works with energy and subtle symbolism.

El Invernadero de mi Bisabuelo

Series of three screen prints on paper

46.5 x 64 cm - framed

Framed price:

each £175

Or £500 for the set of three

El Invernadero de mi Bisabuelo III

Series of three screen prints on paper

46.5 x 64 cm - framed

Framed price:

each £175

Or £500 for the set of three

Innes Mowat 

@innesmowat

 

Innes Mowat makes work influenced by the fallibility of memory and subjectivity of human experience, rich with diverse visual references. She draws links between science, religion and other narratives we use to explain the world, making three-dimensional diorama boxes which represent parallel worlds and aim to explore different perspectives.

Caja Intitulada

Diorama box with gouache and pencil drawings and found paper

35 x 52 x 8 cm

£680

Evolution

Diorama box with oil paintings and found paper

37 x 47 x 9 cm

£950

Purchase enquires - contact us at staff@alchemyexperiment.com

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