That quality is found in the work of both Fiona and Paul, which is why we are showing them together as our Festival offering for 2015.
"I have always loved the work of the impressionists, particularly of the movement and colour in Degas’ dancers and Toulouse Lautrec’s bawdy damsels of the theatre. I am fascinated by the colours and life in the world of the performer and it is perhaps for this reason I was drawn to creating paintings of flamenco dancers, and more recently, burlesque and cabaret performers. I adore the nostalgic feeling these art forms evoke and strive to capture the inner beauty and energy of every performer I portray. I am drawn to places that exude a faded glamour. From the crumbling beauty of the streets of Venice, to the stark landscapes and forgotten treasures of the 50s along the American highways, I have a strong desire to cement these snapshots into my mind by using fine art techniques that were once used for much grander subjects than a crumbing doorway or a dilapidated diner on Route 66."
My paintings reflect my thoughts and feelings on a lost history of place and time.
We all have these histories which one day will be lost. I bring together drawings and photographs to create paintings that depict a narrative of the interaction people have with their surroundings.
My studio based on the edge of the city centre and the Eastend of Glasgow gives me the perfect environment to reflect this kaleidoscope of memory and place, helping me to capture a very distinct energy."
For the show in Bon Papillon we have moved away from Paul's large scale figurative work to show a collection of birds, boats and fish that represent his fascination with the coastal landscape and people.