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Joint Exhibition by John Threlfall, Esther Tyson and Simon Griffiths

29 APRIL - 30 MAY

Subject to the confirmation of the Government’s Roadmap, the exhibition will open from 29 April. However, please check regularly for updates.

This exhibition brings together pastel drawings by John Threlfall and oil paintings by Esther Tyson with ceramics sculptures by Simon Griffiths. These artists take their inspiration from the close observation of animals in the wild.

For this exhibition, John Threlfall and Esther Tyson focus on wildlife in the North East of Scotland and the Cairngorms respectively while Simon Griffiths takes his inspiration from the countryside around him in County Durham.

After 26 years in Dumfries and Galloway John moved north east to Deeside two years ago and has enjoyed the challenge of responding to a new landscape and its wildlife. One of his favourite places in the north east is the Ythan estuary and the adjacent Forvie NNR. He set himself the project to visit the site on a weekly basis throughout the winter and the work resulting from these visits form the core of his contribution to this exhibition.

Born in Cumbria, Esther Tyson studied at Cumbria Art College, the University of Wales and the Royal College of Art (London). Whilst at the RCA, Esther won a travel scholarship to study large carnivores in Slovakia. This trip ignited her passion for travel as well as painting wild creatures in their natural environment and many other trips followed. Esther is based in the South Peak District and took the opportunity presented by this exhibition to travel to the Highlands and catch new sights and subjects. The work in the exhibition is largely based on this experience. Esther recently won the Birdwatch/Swarovski Artist of the Year award 2020.

Simon Griffiths is based in County Durham. He draws his inspiration from the direct observations of animals and thrives to capture their essential qualities and movement. He works primarily in high fired ceramics which allows him to create sculptures that can be displayed outdoors as well as indoors.

More work by other wildlife artists can be found in our online art shop.


SOC brings together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and via the Club’s quarterly journal, Scottish Birds.