Geoff Uglow, ‘Saltire’, 2014, The Scottish Gallery

After graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2000, Geoff Uglow accepted a studio from Edinburgh City Council that looked down from the Old City Observatory on Calton Hill down on to the city. These works from 2014 capture the same view of Princes Street and the Burns Monument at different times of day: a spontaneous reaction to the city in changing light and weather. Thick impasto heightens the momentary quality of the subject. The raw energy of Uglow’s workmanship is conveyed in the heavy, swirling daubs of paint that hang off the canvas as if he has just lifted his brush even after the paint has dried.

RSA Open Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 2016

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