Photographer and painter put on show

A NEW exhibition at Montrose Museum by photographer Malcolm J. Thomson and painter and printmaker Allan Beveridge opened on Saturday and will run until November 3.

The exhibition grew out of conversations between the two artists around a shared interest in, and experience of recording woodland and forest.

They also took inspiration from the great tradition of painters and photographers who explored and recorded forests, from the ancient oaks of Fontainebleau to the redwoods of California.

Seeing the Wood and the Trees is a result of a visual exploration of Ethie Woods, an area of historic woodland north of Arbroath. The artists made many visits to the site over two years, recording and reacting to changing conditions in the old beech woods and conifer plantations.

Malcolm and Allan, who have been colleagues at Dundee Print Studio for many years, found a common interest in recording the many changes of light, shape and texture in the forest.

Malcolm describes the way he works as: “What I see is what I photograph.”

Using a wooden 4x5 inch field camera and a 2¼ inch Rolleiflex, he recorded the woodland throughout the two-year period.

He says of the project: “The trees in Ethie Woods have such wonderful quirky twists and turns, it is quite a challenge to record them as I see them. Through selection of light, focus and framing I hope visitors to the exhibition can share my vision.”

Allan finds painting directly from nature vastly more stimulating than working in the studio, particularly the challenge of reacting to the ever changing light.

Allan’s response to the woodland comprises studies drawn and painted on the spot, plus larger studio paintings and original prints made in Dundee Print Studio.

To coincide with the exhibition, the two artists will be giving a gallery talk at Montrose Museum on Wednesday, October 17 at 2pm when all are welcome to attend.

Allan Beveridge was born in Glasgow, graduated in Drawing and Painting from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and spent the summer of ‘76 at Hospitalfield, Arbroath. He has been a member of Dundee Print Studio for many years, also being a technician and etching tutor there. He is a Professional Member of the Society of Scottish Artists.

Malcolm J. Thomson was born in Methilhill, Fife and began taking photographs at the age of 11. Semi-retired from 50 years working as a photographer, he now teaches part-time at Dundee Contemporary Arts. Malcolm has photographs in many collections.

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