16 August 2016 Adam Barclay
UNIONGallery, 4 Drumsheugh Pl, Edinburgh
Exhibition continues until September 12
Open Monday to Saturday 10.30am – 5.30pm
The UNION Gallery had their first solo exhibition launch at their new premises on Drumsheugh Place this week, and what a strong first impression it was! The new space, previously a low ceilinged charity chop, is unrecognisable as a classic Edinburgh gallery, resplendent with cornicing and high ceilings! It makes for a fantastic space to show off the works of award-winning water-colourist Jenny Mathews in her third solo exhibition.
The pieces on display are varied in style and dimension but all share a distinctly high quality and impressive artistic feel. With several pieces having been reserved even as they were being hung, it was obvious that Jenny’s work is in high demand. Large works to tie whole rooms together were displayed, alongside horizontal sets, unusual for the artist, and smaller high-detail pieces. Jenny studied botanical illustration under Dame Elizabeth Blackadder and the inspiration is clear in her work, supremely detailed botanical images but with a clear style of her own.
Also on display in the space is a showcase of ceramics expertly crafted by Fiona Thompson and the unnerving yet compelling pieces of Barbara Franc in the form of animals captured in motion, encased within bell jars. Additionally, the lower floor is occupied by the innovative work of Trevor Jones, who is pioneering AR paintings, embedding videos, images and slideshows into his work. This is currently the only place to see work of this type in Scotland, so it is not to be missed.
I wholeheartedly recommend that anybody with a spare moment in their packed festival schedule to pay a visit to the gallery and enjoy these great works in a new great space.