Robert McGilvray: Time/Tide – Moments from Places

A striking series of paintings inspired by the Tay estuary and other Scottish landscapes are being exhibited at the Tower Foyer Gallery, University of Dundee until the end of December. ‘Time/Tide – Moments from Places’ features recent work by artist Robert McGilvray, who is well-known as a painter and for his various public art projects.

He explained, “The paintings are largely concerned with an imaginary diary of many years’ close contact with the skies and waters of the Tay Estuary, absorbing its ever changing light, colour and climatic conditions.

“They reflect journeys of memory and responses to a sense of place. More recently, I have also begun to explore memories of the west coast of Scotland and the Islands, acknowledging the dramatic difference in mood between the two areas.”

Robert McGilvray will be retiring from his role as lecturer in Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in December, having taught there since 1977 and studied there 1970-75. He helped to found the Dundee Group (Artists) Ltd and Forebank Studios in the 1970s (the predecessor of today’s WASPS studios), co-ordinated the ground-breaking Blackness and Dundee public art programmes in the 1980s and 90s, and co-founded the Seagate Gallery, the forerunner to DCA, in 1986.

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