The architectural interior subject is a test of an artist’s ability to organise the composition, to decide what is essential and what is extraneous. It has to be true to the place both architecturally and atmospherically. Sandie Gardner’s Café Royal, Edinburgh, one of the most familiar watering holes in the capital, remains painterly while satisfying all the requirements of evocation.
Signature: signed lower left
New Work, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, 2002