Born in 1964 in Perth, Scotland. Malcolm is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. Malcolm’s prolific output of paintings over the last decade has earned him a reputation as one of the UK’s leading marine artists and his work embraces both historical and contemporary subject matter. Much of his inspiration comes from the past and present maritime communities of Scotland with his subject matter embracing both coastal fishing fleets and the deep-sea endeavours of whalers, warships and merchantmen. An keen natural historian, his work reflects detailed research on the history and mythology surrounding shipping vessels, as well as a fascination with the form and evolution of fish and shellfish.
The late maritime historian and archaeologist, Dr Robert Prescott of the University of St Andrews and Chairman of National Historic Ships said of his work, “I am frequently disappointed by the work of present day marine artists whose work often seems lifeless and insipid to me. Not so with Malcolm’s paintings, which I find deeply satisfying because of their authenticity and ability to evoke the vital spirit of ships and boats. Put plainly, they are convincing and simply beautiful to look at.”
Working primarily in ink and acrylic paint, Malcolm’s clever usage of collage, including Scottish poetry, financial records, engineering drawings, hydrological charts, and mythological iconography, makes his work so unique. He currently lives and works in Pittenweem. Malcolm is a regular exhibitor in galleries across Scotland, England, and overseas and at the Pittenweem Arts Festival. His work is in many public collections including the City Art Centre in Edinburgh, the Perth Art Gallery, the McLean Collection in the Greenock Art Gallery, and in many private collections around the world.
Derrick Guild was born in Perth, Scotland, in 1963. He studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, where he received a First class Honours in Fine Art and postgraduate diploma (Highly Commended). Guild has taught at the Art Institute of Chicago and was a visiting lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art and Duncan of Jordanstone. He has received numerous awards and accolades, including a 1984 Diadem Architects Centenary Award, a 1994 Villiers David Award, a 2004 Royal Scottish Academy Sir William Gillies Bequest Award, a 2005 Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland award, and was inducted into the Royal Scottish Academy in 2010. Derrick has had solo exhibitions at Paton Gallery in London, the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, and Allan Stone Gallery in New York. He has been in group exhibitions throughout the US and UK. Derrick lives and works in Fife.
Derrick's paintings and objects reference European still life of the 15th to 19th centuries. the drama, allegory and naturalism inherent in this period of painting speak to Derrick of ever-present dilemmas of the human condition. His works are classical, formal and at the same time contemporary in their sense of dislocation and ambiguity.
"I make still life paintings using oil on canvas and objects that use a wide range of materials including cast resin, oil paint and miscellaneous materials. I am trying to harness the look and feel of the great European still life tradition and aim to marry that look and feel to contemporary ideas and thoughts that include religion, colonialism, genetic modification, sexuality, commodification of nature, fecundity, humour, appropriation, addiction, beauty, absurdity, surrealism and realism. I feel the still life format easily allows narrative and metaphor, complexity and simplicity to be conveyed, whilst every painting can be read alone.
Born in 1957, David Smith is a Scottish contemporary landscape artist. With his love of the outdoors and interest in boats and the Scottish landscape, Smith spends much of his time painting in the Scottish Highlands and in coastal settings. Although most of his work is completed outdoors, the uncertainty of the Scottish weather often means that it is necessary to retreat to the safe haven of his studio to complete his works. By referring to notes and watercolour or pencil sketches, he is then able to add detail to the painting.
Although predominantly a self-taught artist, he has studied at various colleges including the Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow College of Building and Printing, Glasgow School of Art and Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia.
Smith is past member and President of the Glasgow Group of Artists and was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) in 2011. He was elected as a member of RSW council in 2013, has shown at the RGI, RSW, RSA and PAI annual exhibitions and has won various prestigious awards. His work is found in private, corporate and public collections throughout the UK and abroad
Susan has been specialising in ceramics for more than 25 years. She works out of her studio in Fife creating pieces based on traditional ceramic shapes. Much of her work is thrown on the wheel in the traditional manner then decorated in her trademark black and white patterns and words, which are inspired by Scottish songs, sayings and proverbs.
All of Susan's ceramics are individually handmade from start to finish by her. And because of this she produces only a limited number of pieces per year. Most of her work goes into two annual shows and we have a few pieces here direct from her studio and kiln.
Tim Cockburn is an artist and printmaker who lives and works in Pittenweem. Born in Sheffield in 1955, he trained at Edinburgh College of Art. An award from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation enabled him to paint in Tuscany and Umbria. He later travelled to South India and Sri Lanka and worked at the Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop. He has lived in Pittenweem since 1994 and produces detailed and lively paintings populated by a large cast of people performing the many rituals of contemporary life. He is particularly well known for his depictions of Scottish Country dance.
Tim became Chairman of the Council of the Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop in 1990 and served as Chairman until 1994. He has had countless one-man exhibitions throughout Scotland and has work in Private Collections in the USA, Canada, Australia, Colombia, New Zealand, Italy and Switzerland. His work is also in many public and corporate collections in Scotland.
Georgie is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and paints mainly contemporary Scottish landscapes. Her work aims to evoke a feeling and capture a sense of place, an atmosphere, or an unexpected detail rather than reproduce a direct likeness.
Always beginning from drawing, the paintings are a product of observation, interpretation and improvisation; the original observation is processed, re-examined and the essence abstracted.
“The process of making a painting is very like the evolution of a landscape with layers built up, scratched into, worked on top of, then stripped away, erased, and then built on again, while still revealing traces of the former surface.”
Her work is an attempt to reveal the unexpected beauty of unremarked places, the interplay of light, time, weather and season on everyday landscape, and the presence and influence of the human on the physical environment.
She paints primarily in acrylic using a bold palette and layer upon layer of rich textures.
For many years Georgie lived, taught and painted in Ayrshire. She now divides her time between Edinburgh and Pittenweem.
Melanie was born in 1970, London, England her distinctive oil and pigment works elicit an emotional response through their abstract composition and perspective. The artist layers different ratios of oil paint to pigment, giving a rich colouration with a unique, bold matte textured finish. Melanie introduces a third dimension to her works by carving haptic patterns that evoke terrestrial scenes of beaches, roads, and other landscapes.
Melanie’s palpably textural artworks explore notions of spatial focus, toying with scale and distance as she layers and carves into paint and dusts the surface with powdery pigment. Often appearing as aerial views of anonymous landscape, like the surface of the moon or magnified microscopic matter, Melanie’s works are both ethereal and bold renderings of abstracted landscapes.
Melanie Comber graduated from Wimbledon of Art in 1993 with a BA in Fine Art Painting. She went on to receive her MFA in Painting from Chelsea College of Art in 1994. She has exhibited extensively in the UK and abroad and has been in notable touring shows, including the coveted Royal Academy Summer Show in 2011. In 2010 Melanie was a finalist in the Marmite Art Prize. The artist’s works are in numerous private and public collections including Deutschbank, RBS, The David Roberts Foundation, and Sainsburys. Melanie Comber lives and works in London.
A BA Hons graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and the School of Drawing and Painting, Sigrid has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. She is a member of European Artists eV based in Germany, and has exhibited in art symposiums across Europe for nearly 30 years, including Finland, Hungary, Germany and Italy. Sigrid was selected in 2015 to paint for the Sultan of Oman as part of the Oman Royal Fine Arts Festival. Within the UK, she has exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London in 2017 and has been a regular exhibitor at the SSA, in addition to exhibiting at the RSA (a former RSA Invited Artist). As part of the National Millenium Project, Sigrid was a selected artist for “Leabhar Mhor”, the Gaelic national manuscript translated as “The Millenium Book of Kells”. The manuscript was on a World Tour from 2002 to 2004 and is now a permanent collection based in Ireland. Sigrud lives and works in Scotland.
Awards include the 2017 Purchase Prize Award from Angus District Council and the 1982 Edinburgh College of Art Landscape Award (Sir William Gillies Prize).
Bobbie’s passion for glass started when she lived in Edinburgh, inspired by stained glass prevalent in the city's churches and homes. Growing up in Cornwall on the north Cornish coast, she was always fascinated by the sea and its wonderful movement, hours spent watching the crashing waves of the Atlantic and wandering the cliff paths observing the variety of nature. “Glass is a wonderful medium capable of capturing the coastal beauty and light in ways no other medium can, reflecting and generating light and colour which mimics the breadth and depth of the natural world.”
Bobbie developed her passion for glass by completing courses in stained glass painting, fusing, slumping, kiln casting and glass blowing at the Liquid Glass Centre in Bath. She left her career in the graphic design industry and has become a full-time artist based in Ceres, Fife. She has exhibited at the Pittenweem Arts Festival, North Fife Open Studios and currently her work can be found in galleries across Scotland.
A variety of techniques are used to capture the movement and texture of the sea and nature. Through experimentation, Bobbie has developed a process of using coloured enamels and tack-fusing which gives each piece of glass a unique, sculptural and tactile quality. Crushed glass called frit is all handmade and adorns many of the pieces. She is constantly experimenting with different kinds of paints, gold, silver and copper leaf, chemicals, plant matter, gold and platinum lustres, engraving, layering and sculptural shapes resulting in a fusion of colours and textures. Fresh ideas and techniques are constantly evolving for new pieces. "It’s an ongoing process of discovery and pleasure to see how a piece turns out when I open the kiln.”