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Gemma Petrie

Gemma Petrie
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I am an artist living and working in the small seaside village of Portmahomack, on the Tarbat Peninsula, in the north of Scotland. I mainly paint abstracts in watercolour, but often incorporate many different materials, including found objects, into my work. I was brought up on the Isle of Skye and because of this natural form and wildlife have always been important in my work.

My paintings, for the most part, are about memories. I use natural form, landscape as a basis for my work. Within this space I try to find a pathway to memories. Sometimes creating a quiet space to think and other times trying to follow a thread of memory to recall other details. Creating this space is a reaction to the overwhelming noise of everyday life. The small hidden worlds in nature, for example the mini ecosystems found within rock pools and forests, allow me to portray a representation of protection, to describe the need to protect our families, ourselves and our environment.

BA(Hons) in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art.

Exhibitions and Residencies 2020

2021, Resonant Strangeness, Marram, Online. Group Show

2020, Changing Tides, Society of Scottish Artists, Online. Group Show.

2020, Flow, Visual Arts Scotland, Online. Group Show.

2020, Members Exhibition, An Talla Solas, Online. Group Show.

2020. Project2020, Virtual Gallery created by Artnorth Magazine. Solo exhibition.

2020. Visual Art Scotland, Borders Art Fair. Group Show

2020, Selene, The Old Lock Up Gallery, Cromford

2020, Open ISO, The Old Lock Up Gallery, Cromford

2020, RSA annual show., Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2020, Inside Out/Outside in, Irving Contemporary, Oxford

2020, Continuous group exhibition., Brown’s Gallery, Taiyn

2019, Winter Exhibition, The Found Gallery, Dunbar

2019, Showcase 2020, Sixfoot Gallery, Glasgow

2019, Little Originals, Dock Street Studios, Dundee

2019, Of Night and Light, The Velvet Easel, Portobello

2019, Group Show, Wee Art Gallery, Glasgow

2019, Summer Show, The Found Gallery, Dunbar

2019, The Stars go Waltzing, The Velvet Easel Gallery, Portobello

2013, Group Exhibition, Southside Gallery, Glasgow

2012, Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2007, Residency Group Show, Timespan, Helmsdale

2006, Group Exhibition, An Tuireann Art Centre, Isle of Skye

2005, Graduate show, Parallel 56, Glasgow