‘Robert McGilvray: Time/Tide - Moments from Places’ – exhibition at University of Dundee

A striking series of paintings inspired by the Tay estuary and other Scottish landscapes will be exhibited at the University of Dundee’s Tower Foyer Gallery from Saturday.

‘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.

Museum curator Matthew Jarron said, “Bob has been a stalwart of the Art College for many years, and has been a hugely influential figure in the Dundee art world. We’re delighted to be showing some of his latest work in this exhibition.”

The exhibition runs until 23rd December and is open Mon-Fri 9.30am-8.30pm and 9.30am-4.30pm on Saturdays. Admission is free.

For further information, contact museum@dundee.ac.uk or 01382 384310.

The artist can be contacted by emailing r.mcgilvray@dundee.ac.uk.


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