An exhibition of iconic Hebridean landscapes by Ron Lawson @ Alpha Gallery, Edinburgh: tranquil, timeless islands of wild scenic beauty

The colourful Alpha Gallery, Stockbridge

Before the flurry of exhibitions opening for the Edinburgh Festival season, do visit Alpha Gallery in Stockbridge to see this exhibition of  paintings and prints by Ron Lawson, running from Saturday 13th July to Sunday 4th August, 2019.

A walk around the gallery will take you on an exhilarating wilderness “cruise” around the Hebrides from Barra to Tiree, Eriskay to South Uist and other islands in this archipelago off the North West coast of Scotland.

North Bay Barra – Ron Lawson

As you will see from these quirky, cool illustrations of cottages and crofts, the iconic subject matter is always recognisable as a unique Ron Lawson landscape.  Surrounded by a complete barren, emptiness of the rural setting, each building is perched beside a rocky shore, a cold splash of blue sea, machair grasses, sandy beaches ..

Arisaig Boathouse – Ron Lawson

……….or perhaps a glimpse of a lost flock of sheep.

Wandering Sheep – Ron Lawson

What is so distinctive about these panorama views is the swirling sweep of a dramatic, dark sky all around; the pure grey background accentuates the white stone of buildings, rocks and sheep, as the central focus of the picture.

Haunn, Eriskay – Ron Lawson

A thundery sky is artistic licence!   For those enticed to visit, warm sunshine is often experienced here due to the gulf stream with turquoise blue water reminiscent of the Caribbean. In fact an Asian tourism advert used an image of a Berneray seascape to promote Kai Bae beach, Thailand.!

Lawson spends a few months each Spring exploring a few of these islands, camera and pencil in hand to spot a selection of these charming wee houses with coloured slate, tiled and thatched roofs.   Whether these are empty, abandoned, working crofts, a boatshed or family home, there’s no indication of humanity, perpetuating the extraordinary wildnerness isolation of these communities.

Eriskay Cottage – Ron Lawson

With an uncanny, realistic perspective of each landscape, they capture, with real compassion, a haunting sense of Hebridean life and heritage as well as the natural, unchanging scenic beauty.  While wildlife is not a signature topic, keep a beady open for a cheeky Puffin making an appearance too.

Puffin – Ron Lawson

It’s the stunning quality and masterly craftsmanhip of Ron Lawson’s artwork which appeals to collectors both in Scotland and worldwide.   This is a most inspiring showcase of richly evocative, atmospheric scenes, island-hopping around the Outer Hebrides – a tranquil, timeless painterly destination.

Ron Lawson: A Solo Exhibition of Original Works

Saturday 13th July to Sunday 4th August, 2019

Alpha Gallery, 52 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 5AX

Open daily, 1100 to 1700 (or by appointment)

Tel.  0131 226 3066  E. info@alpha-art.co.uk

http://www.alpha-art.co.uk

 

Ron Lawson describing his work with art collectors at Alpha Gallery

 

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About vivdevlin

I am an international travel writer, specialising in luxury travel, hotels, restaurants, city guides, cruises, islands, train and literary-inspired journeys. I review dance and theatre, Arts Festivals and love the visual arts. I have just experienced an epic voyage, circumnavigating the globe, following in the wake of Captain Cook, Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson.

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