I was recently through in Edinburgh to see a few exxhibitions. I saw the Kate Downie show at the Royal Scottish Academy first of all, it was free to get in which is always a bonus.
Downie's work is really visceral. There is a considered mess going on in her work which I really like. She draws in a big scale, creating panoramic views in charcoal, most notably of the Forth Rail bridge. At the Royal Scottish Academy Downie showed several works she had created during a visit to China. Chinese pink painting is quite suited to her style and she has successfully adapted it to enliven her own paintings. Unfortunately this show is finished on the 6th October but Peter Doig's show is still on for another couple of days until the 3rd November at the Scottish National Gallery next door.
Doig was born in Scotland but moved to Barbados where he now paints. His show features several large scale colourful paintings on canvas. The art historical references were a little tenuous I felt - a painting of a wall and figure is a reference to DeChirico's empty street scenes? Hmmm.. For me the bright colours and courage in use of colours we seldom see in contemporary art is what I remember this show for. Well worth a visit. More info here
Artist & Art Tutor based in Glasgow.