I am delighted to announce my upcoming solo exhibition at Ecolint Centre des arts. The exhibition is curated by Gilles Grassioulet, head of Fine Art.

See below all 20 paintings on exhibition.

MAIN GALLERY

Matobo Hills 105 x 84 cm printed on canvas. POA.
Matobo composition. printed on canvas 124.12 x 84cm. POA.

Flooding mountain River Arran. printed on canvas. 105 x 84.01 cm. POA.

Landscape of Origins Printed on canvas 94 x 83.78cm POA.
Arran Zambesi. Printed on canvas 115.37 x 84cm. POA
Morning Marsh 92.8 x 84 cm. Printed on canvas. POA
Crighton Gardens 104 x 83.22 Printed on canvas POA
Mountain stream Arran. Printed on canvas. 124.9 x 84 POA
Mugdock winter landscape. 105 x 84 cm Printed on canvas POA
Cape Flowers 113 x 83.3 cm Printed on canvas POA
Mugdock marsh 84 x 112 cm Printed on canvas POA
Waterfall Ben Hope 78.63 x 118 cm Printed on canvas POA

GALLERY SPACE 2

High summer 84 x 105.05. Printed on canvas POA
River in bloom 118 x 79.8 cm Printed on canvas POA
Forest joy 112 x 73.08cm Printed on canvas POA
Beech tree moonshine 84 x 61cm Printed on canvas. POA
Dreamscape 84 x 93 cm printed on canvas POA
Tree Applecross 114.5 X 84 cm. Printed on canvas. POA
Autumnal swampland 118 x 81.08 Printed on canvas POA
MoonSwamp. Printed on canvas 105 x 84cm. POA
Ecolint Centre des Arts. Geneva.

https://www.ecolint-cda.ch/en/event/landscape-origins

“My paintings are a celebration of life, a synthesis of energy, emotion and colour using the theme of landscape, trees and the natural world.”

Donald has spent his working life in the visual arts both as an artist in industry and education. Born in Zimbabwe in 1961, he moved to Dundee Scotland in 1978 where he attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. He graduated with BA Hons Fine Art in 1983. He is currently living and working in Glasgow. 2020 and the beginning of lockdown marked for him one of the most creative periods of his life. Lockdown provided the time and space for the creative seed to nurture and blossom. Much of his work is directly linked to daily walks in the park or with direct connection to nature.

Donald is currently exploring the digital medium as an expressive art form using the ipad Procreate and other digital applications. In 2021 Donald was selected by the Derfner Judacia Museum (New York) for an online digital exhibition entitled F11. Digital Paintings for Full Screen.   “Donald Hargrove’s lush landscapes are rendered with painterly strokes, textures and subtle colour gradations. Working from photographs, sketches executed both digitally and on paper, pure imagination or en plein air, Hargrove approaches digital art in the same way as traditional painting, describing it as working with “pixels rather than paint.” He began exploring the medium for the first time during the pandemic” – Derfner Judacia Museum.

“The exhibition ‘Landscape of origins’ explores my relationship with two landscapes dear to me, the dry rocky grasslands of Zimbabwe, and the lush and rugged landscape of Scotland. Common to them both is a raw vital energy and a strong connection to nature. It is this vital energy which I seek to express through every aspect of the painting using a range of technique within the digital medium. In essence this exhibition is a celebration of life, and of being alive with connection to the natural world. ” The processes “I use a range of processes in the making of my paintings.  I enjoy direct observational drawing as an exercise a direct connection to life and means of meditation. At times I sketch outdoors directly onto the ipad. Mostly though I photograph scenes, sometimes creating a montage of several views which I then use as my source material. Sometimes I hold closely to that reference and others it’s a mere a starting point.  Through the course of the painting, I will often ‘carve’ through one layer to another working blindly creating in a kind of controlled accident. The gift of the unexpected is what can for me make a painting. On other occasions I work completely without reference, using a combination of memory and imagination. In this case as the painting progresses, I may find references to support the imagery. Another technique I use is to begin with a random textured surface. With that surface established I ‘extract’ the images that present themselves in much the same way as we find ‘figures’ in clouds.  Once the painting is underway though it is the painting that becomes the director. My role as the artist is to ‘listen’, observe and respond to the visual discourse as it arises, using the accident as a vital part of the creative process.  A painting needs the unexpected, accidents can offer that, controlled or otherwise. Other times near annihilation occurs and it can be these ‘lows’ in a painting where the essence of a painting reveals itself. In many ways I continue to paint in the traditional manner just using a different medium, pixels rather than paint”.

Essentially all of these paintings are made up of a series of blobs. From a distance some may look like a photograph but from up close they appear as an abstract explosion of colour. To me each blob not only represents the surface detail of that object, rock, tree or branch in light and space but it also represents the energetic particle that is it’s embodiment. 
As I paint I imagine I ‘become’ each blob of paint. In this way I feel my connectedness to the landscape through each paint stroke. I find myself in the landscape and the landscape is me.  Here I feel connected. It is this which I believe which gives the paintings their vitality. I am at my happiest when I feel this connection whether it is, drawing a flower, walking the park or moving blobs of paint around on a canvas. 

The exhibition Landscape of Origins explores the multi faceted question of origins.

Comments

Wow! Each and every piece of art is absolutely stunning! What a talent to be able to create something so beautiful. It was a joy to look through your work Donald!

I love your work! It’s so clever, vibrant and alive. It moves; and it moves me! All the best with the exhibition.

What a fabulous celebration of our mother earth in all her glory – creating, nourishing and sustaining.

That’s a great selection of work Donald. I hope that all is good with you. Good luck with your exhibition.

Such brilliant, bright and vivid insights into the natural landscapes that surround us. Stunning. I wish I could see the exhibition in person.

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