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Calum McClure

Calum McClure
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Calum McClure was born in 1987 and graduated in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010. McClure’s drawings, prints and paintings depict country estates, cemeteries, national parks and botanical gardens – places created for man’s solace and pleasure. He thinks about these places as a modern Arcadia; into which people can escape for a few hours every week. Through a varied use of paint McClure explores the complexity of images taken from nature that at first look simple. The motif of reflection has become important in his work, challenging the viewer to think about what has been painted and the tactile nature of the painting process. Recent work has taken inspiration from various source images, including film stills, photographs from train windows and other photographs taken whilst walking. He is currently working on ideas and themes including: nocturne, botanic gardens, the idea of an 'in-between image', and more generally light and its reflective qualities.

He was the winner of the 2011 Jolomo Painting Award, has had two successful exhibitions with The Scottish Gallery and was an invited artist at the Annual Exhibition of the Royal Academy in London in 2012. Recently he has been included in an exhibition of prints at the Royal Academy, London; had work in the major Scottish art societies' annual exhibitions; had work exhibited at the RA Summer Exhibition 2016 and won a prize at the inaugural W Gordon Smith Award for painting.
BIO


b. 1987 in Edinburgh.
Living and working in Scotland.

2010: Graduated in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art.



SOLO EXHIBITIONS



2016
Nocturnes and Botanics
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

2014
Reflection
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

2013
Monotypes
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

2011
New Paintings and Drawings
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.




SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITONS

2016
Summer Exhibition
Royal Academy

RSA Open
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Summer Exhibition
Lemon Street Gallery, Truro

Promised land
Tatha Gallery, Newport

2015
Converge
Visual Arts Scotland

2012
Summer Exhibition
Mellerstain House Gallery.

Summer Exhibition (invited artist section – curated by Barbara Rae RA).
Royal Academy of Arts, London.

2011
New Contemporaries
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.

Art Toronto
11th International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada (w. The Scottish Gallery).

The Scottish Gallery at the Caledonian Club.
The Caledonian Club, London.

RSA Open Exhibition
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.

Mixed Christmas Exhibition
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

2010
Graduates 2010: A selection of work by six UK art college graduates .
Albemarle Gallery, London.

RSA Open Exhibition
Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.

Mixed Christmas Exhibition.
The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.




AWARDS


2011
The Jolomo Bank of Scotland Award - for Landscape Painting.
Raft, The West, America
  • Calum McClure
  • Raft, The West, America
  • Painting
Abstract Yellow Reflection
  • Calum McClure
  • Abstract Yellow Reflection
  • Painting
Falling Leaves, Benmore
  • Calum McClure
  • Falling Leaves, Benmore
  • Painting
Yellow Sky and Waterfall
  • Calum McClure
  • Yellow Sky and Waterfall
  • Monotype
Damp Day Queen's Park
  • Calum McClure
  • Damp Day Queen's Park
  • Monotype
Waterfall Abstract II
  • Calum McClure
  • Waterfall Abstract II
  • Monotype
Waterfall Abstract I
  • Calum McClure
  • Waterfall Abstract I
  • Monotype
Red Sun Abstract
  • Calum McClure
  • Red Sun Abstract
  • Monotype

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