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Doreen le Marinel: from Clydebank to Left Bank…

Artist Doreen Le Marinel, chic and charming in person and the creator of these sophisticated, tender and deeply feminine works, seems quintessentially French. She hails however from Clydebank, moving to France with her French husband more than 20 years ago. Le Marinel, who is self taught, is inspired by the work of Klimt, Schiele and the sculpture of Camille Claude and exhibits regularly in Brittany where s ...

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Claudia Massie: Roadkill

Giving new meaning to the term 'still life', artist Claudia Massie has taken roadkill as the inspiration for her new exhibition at The Ruthven Gallery, Auchterarder. Her fine paintings, done in haste before the smell becomes too off putting, feature animals and birds who have met untimely ends on the roads near Massie's rural Perthshire home. The exhibition begins tomorrow and runs until 16 November. ...

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‘Fifers & other stories’ – a homecoming exhibition by Jonny Hannah

Legendary Auchtermuchty accordionist Jimmy Shand, late great darts player Jocky Wilson and much missed guitar hero Stuart Adamson all hail from Fife and are the stars of award winning illustrator Jonny's Hannah's vibrant and witty homecoming exhibition at the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Dunfermline. The piece above honours Moira Shearer the beautiful red head who grew up in Dunfermline and went on to ...

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Claudia Massie – art for rainy days

We may as well accept that it is going to rain everyday for the rest of our natural lives and embrace the fantastically dreich work of Perthshire artist Claudia Massie. Massie is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art now based with her husband and two young children in Glenalmond. Her fabulous, distinctively Scottish, work can currently be viewed at Frames Gallery in Perth, the Ruthven Gallery in Auchterar ...

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Unpretentious brilliance at East Neuk Open Studios

Some artists' websites drone on unintelligibly about the rationale behind their work: illustrator, Jill Calder tells us she enjoys a lime-laden gin & tonic and winning the pub quiz. Cheers to the Fife-based artist whose lack of pretension doesn't equal lack of achievement - her clients include The New Yorker, Neiman Marcus, The Guardian and The Telegraph Magazine. Before she flies to Hong Kong to start ...

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Nerine Tassie: dark woods and lonely seas

I have a great fear of and fascination for deep dark woods and these brilliantly brooding paintings by Fife artist Nerine Tassie capture that allure. Her bleak, unpeopled seascapes are equally appealing. Tassie, who is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, says her work is inspired by natural spaces and in particular, the impact of time and changing light within these spaces. Despite, or perhaps because o ...

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