Luke Fitch & Fraser Irvine Exhibition

9 October 2017 to 30 November 2017

Luke Fitch & Fraser Irvine exhibition at the Catstrand - Opening 9 October 7pm

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Painting by Luke Fitch
Painting by Luke Fitch

Figurative painter Luke Fitch and Landscape artist Fraser Irvine are exhibiting together at the Catstrand, New Galloway this October. The exhibition opens on 9 October 7-9pm and runs until 30 November.

Luke is one of this years Emerge bursary recipients, a mentoring programme which aims to support emerging artists from Dumfries & Galloway. Luke has been developing new work for the exhibition whilst undertaking the scheme which has seen him receive mentoring from Upland Member and portrait painter Katharine Wheeler, as well as taking part in Spring Fling Open Studios 2017.

Fraser Irvine is a regular Spring Fling exhibitor and a past recipient of the Emerge bursary, recieving mentoring from Patricia Cain in 2014.

Find out more about the Emerge bursary programme which is supported this year by the Holywood Trust and Creative Scotland here. 

Luke Fitch bio: 
'Since moving to the region last year I have enjoyed becoming involved in the vibrant Dumfries & Galloway art scene. In September 2016 I was selected for Upland’s Emerge project for young artists. The scheme provided me with one to one mentorship from the established figurative painter Katharine Wheeler and the opportunity to exhibit in Spring Fling. Following several months of intense development, this will be the first exhibition since the conclusion of that project.

I have always had a fascination with the stories told by a person’s face and it is this that I explore in my painting. Though my work is representational, I make use of loose and expressive brushstrokes to capture a distinct sense of character. I also look to highlight the subtle nuances of colour that can be found in skin tones. Through this I place as much emphasis on the process of oil painting as I do on the person or scene I'm depicting.

My latest series of work includes studies of several people connected to the Glenkens area.'

Fraser Irvine bio:
'My process starts by going to the location I'll be depicting on foot, day or night, focusing on the light in the sky. Once I'm there I begin by sketching and taking photographs for future reference. This element is key to my process, at this stage I aim to catch the atmosphere and essence for the theme of the painting I'll be working on. 

Once I'm happy with my source material, I take them to the studio and begin the painting. I start the paintings by layering my canvas loosely, painting abstract layers, mark making and blocking in lights and darks, using big brushes, rags, pallet knifes, splattering and dripping paint. 

Once I have the basic shape and looseness of the image, I begin to work into the painting using smaller brushes, adding and detracting, mixing colour, catching reflections and defining areas of the painting I'm depicting, but still open minded about the painting changing at any moment. This can go on several weeks, always coming back to the painting until I'm satisfied with the final image. I tend to work in a series to keep up momentum and spontaneity in image and by passing each technique onto the next painting.'