The Scottish painter Glen Scouller is well known for his colourful and bold canvases in which he skilfully captures landscapes, still-life scenes and the human figure. On Friday 23rd of November, Glasgow’s Roger Billcliffe Gallery opened a solo-exhibition of new works by the award-winning artist and elected member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours as well as the Royal Glasgow Institute.
In Glasgow’s cold and gloomy November, Scouller’s vibrant canvases warmed the gallery’s showrooms which were bustling with excited visitors. One of Scouller’s particular skills is to catch seasonal light through his application of colour. This allows his ‘Fresh Snow, Loudounhill’ to breathe crisp wintery air while ‘Summer Light in the Studio’ glows in a golden warmth. While the still-lives and countryside scenes offer an escape into a serene, almost timeless world they simultaneiusly feel familiar and homely. Though the Billcliffe gallery has previously shown Scouller’s earlier paintings depicting scenes from his travels to Southern France, Africa and India, this exhibition is characterised by more domestic subjects. No less ambitious, the paintings included in this year’s exhibition give proof of the artist’s keen eye for beauty in every-day life.
A highlight of the exhibition is an oil-on-panel painting entitled ‘Lara’, which so aptly captures that intimate moment of tranquillity as its subject finds herself engrossed in the depths of her book. While she seems oblivious to all around her, the viewer can rejoice in the playful details which enliven the composition. The red of her jumper and the carpet give off a warmth and comfort which welcomes the viewer and bids them to linger just a little longer.