22 NOV 2019 - 15 JAN 2020
New Work, an exhibition by Darren Woodhead, highlights the work he has created over the past two years.
Working along the coast and river, and in the fields of East Lothian (his home ground), Darren observes the birds, insects and landscapes of the countryside. As ever, Darren works 'en plein air' directly in watercolour. Rain may stipple the paint or ice rosettes form within the colour, it only adds to the life that Darren seeks to capture.
Darren Woodhead is a pure field painter. He stands in the landscape, immersed in the natural work he depicts, and works from direct observation in brush and paint. The outdoors are his studio. He observes and reacts in the moment to the sight of a bird or the fluttering of butterflies. To produce such joyful and seemingly effortless work relies on consummate skill as a painter and as a naturalist.
As for the light and lightness of his work, Darren is increasingly aware of using the white of the paper itself to suggest light and space, a way of painting without making a mark which has become a defining feature of his work and a further step in his journey as a painter.
Walking through the exhibition, you will recognise a sparrow resting in the sun and even hear a trill of curlews in the distance.
The exhibition runs from Friday 22 November until Wednesday 15 January 2020. Open daily, 10am to 4pm except on the 25th, 26th December and 1st January when we are closed. All welcome, free entry.