Belinda Rush Jansen studied sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 1983. Tutored by Vincent Butler, she learned to use stone, marble and bronze. A regular exhibitor at the RSA, she was awarded Best Female Sculptor in 1996. She has numerous works in Public and Private Collections. As a child Belinda moved to Scotland, spending most of her early years on the Black Isle, amidst the beautiful, natural surroundings. Her love for wild and domestic animals has been inherent and apparent from a young age, and using the traditional materials of the sculptor, she manages to convey a deep affection for these animals. Her love and affinity with the countryside and nature is evident, and her portrayal of the animals in her environment show a firm tenderness and lifelong knowledge of being around these creatures. Comforted and inspired by the natural world, her carvings explore the essence of animal and human spirit in primal symbolic and heartfelt ways. She returns to the Gallery with a new body of figurative works. Pivotal to Belinda’s new stone carvings, the Seven Selves of Female, she says, “Wild landscape and the timeless female purpose of bearing forth, nurture and spiritual connections are the core of my work, alongside the equally mysterious intelligence of wild creatures”. Her sculpture has many recognisable paths of experience for others to resonate with. They are very personal and tactile, and reflect her interest in cave art, Eskimo nomadic carvings, Egyptian and Chinese tomb animals and their spiritual symbolism. The exhibition runs until 9th April 2016.
Cyril Gerber Fine Art is pleased to present this exhibition of recent and new works to coincide with the Lund Humphries publication by author Christopher Andreae, ‘Philip Reeves’. Special Guest, Art Critic Duncan MacMillan shall speak about the artist and his work at our opening on Saturday 13th June 2015.
We were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of one of our most important artists and dear friends, Jack Knox RSA RSW HFRIAS Dlitt.
His association with the gallery and its and our friendship has stretched back for fifty years.
Respected as an accomplished artist and an educator, Jack’s influence on the Scottish Arts scene is enormous and widespread. We are proud to have hosted an exhibition of his works from the 1950’s to present day in the gallery, just last year. He will be sadly missed.
by DONALD FULLARTON
AN EXHIBITION of paintings by one of the Helensburgh and district’s most distinguished artists has just opened in a Glasgow gallery.
Cyril Gerber Fine Art say that this is the first James Kay RSA RSW exhibition to take place in the city, although his works are held by most of the major public collections in Scotland.
The artist lived for many years at Portincaple and is buried at Faslane Cemetery. He had several studios in Glasgow, including four in West Regent Street where the gallery is situated.
“It is therefore fitting that his paintings return to this location,” said gallery director Jill Gerber.
Best known for his paintings of harbours and Clyde scenes, James Kay was born in Lamlash on the Isle of Arran on October 22 1858, but lived for some 33 years in the Loch Longside village in a house called Crimea, now renamed Dalriada.
Before devoting himself entirely to painting, he spent some time working in a Glasgow insurance office, and joined the St Mungo Art Club. He delighted in studying the river Clyde in all its aspects.
He was not one of the famous ‘Glasgow Boys’, although he was friendly with some of them, including James Guthrie, George Henry, and A.E.Walton.
His first picture in the Royal Academy was ‘Towed into Harbour on the Clyde’, hung in 1889 and then bought by an English collector, and his first in the Paris Salon was in 1894.
From then he had works on display in most of the important exhibitions in Britain, Europe and America every year.
In 1903 his canvas, ‘Toil and Grime’, a picture of shipping at the mouth of the River Kelvin, was awarded the silver medal and diploma of the Société des Amis des Arts at Rouen in France.
The same year his ‘River of the North’, a winter scene in Glasgow’s busy harbour, gained the highest honour a foreign artist can receive at the hands of the Salon jury and of France when it was awarded a gold medal, and was purchased for the Luxembourg collection.
In 1906, he won the gold medal and diploma at the 37th Exposition Municipale des Beaux Arts de Rouen, where his picture ‘Winter’ was purchased for the Rouen Municipal Collection.
The following year his ‘Launch of the Lusitania’ in the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts was bought by the Corporation of Glasgow for the municipal collection.
“In his river paintings, he strived to capture the atmosphere of industrialisation, the smoke and grime,rather than romanticizing about the sea,” said the critic Annie C.O’Neill.
“Smoke, steam, water, light and the great silhouetted forms of ships captured this reality in a dramatic way.”
The Cyril Gerber Fine Art exhibition will be open until Sunday August 31, and all the works — which can be seen on their website — are for sale.
see Link: http://www.helensburgh-heritage.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1172:james-kay-paintings-on-sale&catid=101:headlines&Itemid=539
A selection of 19th-21st century British Drawings, Paintings and Sculpture with a touch of Summer flavour. Including works by Joan Eardley, Scottish Colourists, St. Ives School, Glasgow School and selected Contemporary Modern Masters.