This summer Dovecot celebrates the artist Jock McFadyen’s 70th birthday year with an exhibition of paintings which describe the romance and grandeur of the Scottish landscape, alongside the urban dystopia for which the artist is known.
In partnership with the Scottish Gallery this exhibition showcases over 20 large paintings, highlighting McFadyen’s understanding of the sublime landscape tradition.
Born in Paisley in 1950, McFadyen has spent a lifetime exploring the sublime landscape tradition. His career connects the generation of abstract painters who taught him at Chelsea College of Art in the 1970s with an alternative strand of British realism. While some of his well known paintings such as Mallaig and Estuary Music are almost minimalist, many of the paintings are void of human presence, instead inviting the viewer to inhabit the haunting and occasionally hostile panoramas of land and sea before them.
Christina Jansen, Director of The Scottish Gallery, says, "McFadyen paints the exterior world with a cool detachment that carries an emotional punch, and this exhibition perfectly describes his approach – floating through the landscape to find and show the strange enigmatic portion only seen when looking for something else."
The eponymous painting Lost Boat Party depicts a seaside funfair which appears to have detached itself from the land and is slowly drifting out to sea. This is a powerful metaphor for the human condition, and many of the paintings in the exhibition describe the sea with all its implications of threat and indifference, as well as painterly possibility.