SOLUTIONS: Contemporary Scottish Watercolours

RSA Upper Galleries

Free entry


A selection of contemporary watercolours from the studios of six RSA Members. Curated by Marian Leven RSA, the exhibition will feature works by Alan Davie RSA, Eileen Lawrence RSA, Edward Summerton RSA, Donald Urquhart RSA (Elect), Kate Whiteford RSA and Adrian Wiszniewski RSA. It will both compliment and contrast with the Turner Exhibition, presented by the National Galleries of Scotland, showing in the adjacent galleries this January.


About some of the artists:

Edward Summerton RSA has exhibited internationally in both solo and group exhibitions as an artist whose work has expanded from the practice of painting into photography, sound works, prints, objects, collaborations and the organising of events and exhibitions. His fascination with the representation of nature and natural history can sometimes cause more concern than satisfaction. He continues to make works of almost pure misdirection; simultaneously invitational with skill of hand yet isolating with the idea-spasm of a half recognised horror image.


Eileen Lawrence is an artist living and working in Scotland. She has exhibited her work consistently for some forty years and has work in national and private collections. Her work is painting and in particular, although not exclusively, watercolour painting. Through this medium she looks at aspects of both landscape and culture. Since 2001 she has been working on a group of paintings titled VOID. This is an ongoing project and has been accompanied by another group of work which she now refers to as NATURE RED.


Donald Urquhart's work is both subtle and enduring. Since he began to make an impact as an artist in the early 1990s, in his art he has consistently explored the complexity inherent in simplicity. At the heart of all of it is an appreciation of landscape and a need to respond to it. Not landscape as a simple picture, but landscape as a way of thinking, a way of reflecting on our own state. In this sense his work is profoundly ecological: it helps to give us a sense of our own place within nature, our place within our habitat as human beings. Text courtesy of Prof. Murdo MacDonald - from Donald Urquhart and the Sanctuary.