We are delighted to be hosting “DONNAN AT EIGHTY” an exhibition of paintings by artist, Frank Donnan, who celebrates his 80th birthday this month. Painting is a large part of Frank’s life as this exhibition shows. It comprises of around 30 works capturing the inspirational Scottish countryside. Come along on Sunday 20th March when you can meet Frank who will be on hand to chat about his work.
Frank who originates from Stirlingshire graduated from the Glasgow School of Art and returned to his native Stirling to embark on a career in teaching. When he retired Frank and his wife, Liz, made the move north to the inspirational islands of Orkney. The rugged coastline and secret bays, washed by the pounding seas, the immense skies and low horizon greatly influenced him in his approach to painting.   The numerous villages and groups of houses huddled together for protection against the elements, proved an interesting comparison to his Stirlingshire background.   The colour of the rocks, the pattern of the often huge seas, stimulated his feeling for form.   No place has ever inspired him more than the lovely Orcadian landscapes. Having spent fifteen glorious and productive years in Orkney, it was time to look for pastures new, and so Aberdeenshire and the countryside around now fill his observation.   He and his wife still go back to Orkney every year on holiday to recharge the batteries and refill his sketchbooks.   “Drawing is the start of everything, and must be continually worked on, nothing else matters. “
This exhibition will continue at the gallery until the 30th April.



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Country Frames Gallery, Leslieā€š Insch, Aberdeenshire, AB52 6PA, 01464 820389
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