Arts exhibitions in memory of Montrose man

Anna King with her exhibition
Anna King with her exhibition

Two art exhibitions will be on display in Montrose in memory of a local man who tragically died in Thailand in February.

Kim Canale is opening two art spaces simultaneously over weekends in May from 12 to 4 pm as a tribute to her cousin, Trish Winton’s son, David Wyllie (36), who was killed in a road accident on February 3 in Thailand where he had been living for the past few years.

The Old Rope Works and Home Gallery have created a capsule art tour for art lovers.

In the Old Rope Works, the Scottish Society of Artists has chosen the Wall Projects gallery space, on Bents Road, to showcase an exhibition by well-known artist Anna King, who is one of the biggest names in contemporary landscape painting in Scotland.

Her new work is called ‘Outlands’ and it promises to be popular.

This will be Wall Projects fifth solo show with Anna, who first exhibited in a pop up show in Montrose in 2006, and is a firm favourite with owner Kim and her clients.

“There is always a buzz when Anna comes to exhibit in Montrose,” said Kim.

Anna said: “My work explores the margins of landscape – I’ve always been interested in overlooked, peripheral places, like abandoned buildings, wastelands, plantations and quarries. These structures are marks we’ve made on the world, and now time passes without human intervention - paint peels, grass grows through cracks in concrete and the temporary nature of our own existence is brought into sharper focus.

“My painting practice also steps away from more traditional methods - I work in oils on paper pasted onto board- drawing into the wet paint with pencil.”

The other art space is at The Home Gallery within walking distance two streets away in Wellington Street.

Here Kim is exhibiting a new artist, Wayne Strachan, who graduated from art school 13 years ago but for various reasons has only just taken up the paintbrush professionally.

His exhibition is entitled ‘A painter’s way – Auchmithie to Lunan Bay’.

Both gallery spaces welcome bus parties and groups over the weekends or by appointment.

David Wyllie, a former pupil at Montrose Academy, worked in the oil and gas industry for 16 years.

His father, former Montrose Review editor Fergus Wyllie, who worked for the paper in the 1980s, lost his battle with cancer last year.