This exhibition showcases abstract works from the Duncan of Jordanstone College Collection.
Abstract painting gradually became a feature of Scottish art from the 1930s. However, art colleges like Duncan of Jordanstone focused exclusively on representational work, particularly life studies. It wasn't until the late 1970s that students were able to use abstraction in their course work. Since then abstract art has been a regular feature of every Degree Show, with a particular emphasis in the 1990s on large-scale paintings.
Works in the exhibition range from dense, complex patterns to bold, geometric forms. Some works explore colour and tonal values, while others use abstract shapes to explore printmaking and sculptural techniques. Several works are purely abstract, while others offer the suggestion of organic or figurative forms.
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