Once Upon A Time

The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH3 6HZ

  • Wed, 28 October 2020 - Wed, 25 November 2020
  • 10am - 6pm / 10am - 4pm on Saturday
  • FREE
  • Save to calendar 2020-10-28 00:00:00 2020-11-25 00:00:00 Europe/London Once Upon A Time Lachlan Goudie’s forthcoming exhibition at The Scottish Gallery presents a new collection of works, inspired by places that are, or at least may have recently felt far far away.  The works bring fairy tales to life, with landscapes and still lifes that are designed to make you daydream. Goudie had originally intended to spend time painting in Mauritius and the Arctic, producing a series of contrasting landscapes.  However, Covid-19 interrupted these plans and he instead ... The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH3 6HZ Chloe Nelkin
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Lachlan Goudie’s forthcoming exhibition at The Scottish
Gallery presents a new collection of works, inspired by places that are, or at
least may have recently felt far far away. 
The works bring fairy tales to life, with landscapes and still lifes
that are designed to make you daydream.

 

Goudie had originally intended to spend time
painting in Mauritius and the Arctic, producing a series of contrasting
landscapes.  However, Covid-19 interrupted these plans
and he instead found himself in the
Dorset countryside with his family.   As
we have all ‘tumbled through the looking glass’ into a surreal world of
lockdown and anxiety, Goudie has escaped into the art of his imagination,
watching the seasons change and the landscape alter.  He has been strongly influenced by the
nightly ritual of reading fairy tales to his young daughter to send her to
sleep.  Together they journeyed into
stories of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Snow White and the snow-covered landscape
of Disney’s Frozen

 

Goudie explores landscapes beyond Dorset too.  Images of rural Berwickshire, the same
countryside the Glasgow Boys walked and painted in at the village of
Cockburnspath in the mid-1880s, feature in the exhibition, capturing something
of the cold winter light that James Guthrie found here in 1883-4.  Further afield Goudie’s work looks to the
wilderness of the Lofoten Islands in Arctic Norway, where settlements cling to
the coast beneath towering mountains and cliffs, between dark waters and starry
skies. 

 

His still lifes underline the power of nature to renew and
regenerate while the arrangements of glass and pewter act as images of
stillness and contemplation, offering a counterpoint to the energy of the
living landscape.  In addition, a series
of sun-filled seascapes offer the promise of a release from confinement and the
restrictions that continue to affect us all.

 

While the exhibition reflects Goudie’s own experience of how
images and the imagination can transport us from our daily concerns, it is also
an inadvertent collection of works that commemorate this strange moment in
time.

 

Thames & Hudson have recently published Goudie’s The
Story of Scottish Art - a page-turning narrative full of scandals and
rebellions, seismic historical events and personal tragedies that inspired or
destroyed artists.  It is the epic story
of how 5000 years of creativity defined a nation.

 

























The exhibition will be
accompanied by a series of events, both in person and virtual, including Meet
Lachlan Goudie, a virtual tour, a book launch and more. 


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