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the greenness of sea

  images of the Scottish coast by
Anne Devine

October 1 - November 29, 2005

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The Greenness of Sea brings together a body of work created from my 2004 Artist-in-Residence post at An Tobar Art Centre, Isle of Mull, Scotland, working on a project called the Wee Islands.

Mull is situated on the edge of the Atlantic on the west coast of Scotland, and is part of the Inner Hebrides.  The purpose of the project was to allow an opportunity for islanders and visitors to engage with a practicing artist.

During a period of three weeks I made boat trips to several of the islands that are situated around Mull – Iona, Staffa, Lunga, The Treshnish Isles, Ulva, Calve, Isle of Women, Inch Kenneth, and Erraid.  Working directly in the landscape on a daily basis, I made numerous drawings and paintings of the plant and animal life, the changing rhythms of the sea, and the elemental phenomenon of nature’s architecture as experienced on Staffa and the Treshnish Isles.  In so doing, I too became part of this landscape.  My sketches became a visual record of that time and the inspiration for the work now on exhibition, created back in my Glasgow studio over a three-month period.

The title of this exhibition is inspired by the Gaelic naming of places, which describes a place by its essential nature and history.  Going beyond a picturesque interpretation of place, I was left with the lingering sensations of colour, movement, and form characterized by the all-pervading presence of the Atlantic and her neighbouring seas.  Set against this epic backdrop are the people who have settled here and taken on the might of the sea and the rigours of island life.  Together they characterize the multi-layered beauty of this place which, though often defined by its physical and elemental nature, remains mysterious.

The paintings describe my experience of the landscape distilled through working from memory – only essential elements remain and an inner landscape is also evoked.  I have titled each work according to an actual place and numbered them as “dark” and “light” landscapes 1-10.  In so doing I wish to convey this idea of an inner landscape existing within nature.

                                                                                                                                      Anne Devine  October, 2005

Dark/Light Landscape #1
Cairn-Na-Burg Mor

Oil on Wood
16" x 16" (framed size)

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Dark/Light Landscape 1

Devine View

Installation View

Dark Landscape #1
Staffa

Oil on Canvas
69" x 78"

Dark Landscape 1

Light Landscape 1

Light Landscape #1
Lunga

Oil on Canvas
60" x 71"

Dark Landscape #2
Staffa

Oil on Wood
16" x 17.25" (framed size)

Dark Landscape 2

Light Landscape 2

Light Landscape #2
Lunga

Oil on Canvas
14" x 14" (framed size)

Dark Landscape #3
Staffa

Oil on Canvas
7" x 8" (framed size)

Dark Landscape 3

Light Landscape 3

Light Landscape #3
Iona

Oil on Canvas
14" x 14" (framed size)

Dark Landscape #4
Staffa

Oil on Canvas
21.75" x 21.75" (framed size)

Dark Landscape 4

Light Landscape 4

Light Landscape #4
Iona

Oil on Canvas
14" x 14" (framed size)

Dark Landscape #5
Staffa

Oil on Canvas
18" x 24" (framed size)

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Dark Landscape 5

Light Landscape 5

Light Landscape #5
Iona

Oil on Canvas
14" x 14" (framed size)

Dark Landscape #6
Treshnish Isles

Oil on Canvas
7" x 8" (framed size)

Dark Landscape 6

Light Landscape 6

Light Landscape #6
Ulva

Oil on Canvas
68" x 76"

Dark Landscape #7
Staffa

Oil on Canvas
8" x 7" (framed size)

Dark Landscape 7

Light Landscape 7

Light Landscape #7
Isle of Women

Oil on Canvas
10" x 10" (framed size)

Dark Landscape #9
Isle of Women

Oil on Canvas
10" x 10" (framed)

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Dark Landscape 9

Light Landscape 9

Light Landscape #9
Little Colonsay

Oil on Canvas
10" x 10" (framed size)

Dark Landscape #10
Staffa

Oil on Canvas
14" x 14" (framed size)

Dark Landscape 10

Light Landscape 10

Light Landscape #10
Treshnish Isles

Oil on Canvas
7" x 8" (framed size)

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