Inspired by iconic artist Tom Thomson, Allan MacDonald returned from a visit to the lakes and rivers of Thomson’s Canada to Scotland in the fall of 2019. In his baggage were small carefully wrapped paintings in bright autumn colours. These have now been worked up into this major exhibition.
The Sound of Many Waters 2020 - Exhibition of New Works
You are invited to the private view of new work by Allan MacDonald. In this exhibition – The Sound of Many Waters – MacDonald continues his exploration of untouched places and their closeness to a powerful prescence. This is done with infinitely expressive paint, making MacDonald an artist of national significance.
Review by Georgina Coburn
Allan MacDonald’s breath taking seascapes reveal why he is regarded as one of the UK’s most respected and accomplished landscape artists. The beauty of MacDonald’s Art lies in its sheer physicality and meditative insight. His is an Art of going out to face the elements in all weathers, in driven pursuit of moments of understanding and connection. This essential honesty is directly translated into the artist’s handling of paint and transcendental palette.
The writer Michel Faber once described my work as ‘excited despatches from remote places’ and there is an element of truth in this. I am drawn to paint in places where the human imprint is small. But where is truly remote? I can get as much a sense of remoteness looking out my back door as I can from driving till the road runs out on the North West coast.
Joys of painting
One of the joys of painting is the ability to manipulate things. One tree and the moon, a line and a circle, perfect imperfect, near far, finite infinite. A sense of place, if not a sense of time. A mountain massif can become feather light. A solid birch tree transparent. A shapeless snow cloud becomes sculpted and tangible. The moon can appear lit internally, not externally. It’s my choice.