Frank Donnan (1931-2016) - Retrospective

There has been a fantastic response to this exhibition with many pieces sold on the first day.  If you would like to purchase a work from the show please get in touch. (scroll down to see images of some of the work in the exhibition).

Tel 01464 820389; e-mail; facebook message to our page -Country Frames Gallery or best of all come along to the Gallery to view in person.

Country Frames Gallery is delighted and very honoured to host ‘Frank Donnan – Retrospective’, a wonderful exhibition and sale of paintings, drawings and sculpture by the late Frank Donnan.  

Painting was a large part of Frank’s life as this exhibition shows.  The works span a timescale of over 60 years and include landscapes, seascapes, still lives, abstracts & figurative work.  There is a special Preview afternoon on Sunday 16th April from 2pm to 4pm.  However, the exhibition continues on at Country Frames Gallery until 20th May.”

Born in 1931, Frank who originated 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.  Having spent fifteen glorious and productive years in Orkney, it was time to look for pastures new, and so Aberdeenshire and the countryside around filled his observation.   Throughout his career Frank exhibited in Galleries all over country including the Royal Scottish Academy.

Frank was always very encouraging to aspiring artists and would pass on some words of wisdom and very often would add that “Drawing is the start of everything, and must be continually worked on, nothing else matters. “


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