New Exhibition - Gail Harvey: Recent Paintings

by Deborah Leggate -

The latest exhibition to adorn the walls of Da Gadderie at Shetland Museum and Archives opens this weekend, courtesy of Gail Harvey with her exhibition entitled "Recent Paintings"

Gail was born in Glasgow where she studied at the Glasgow School of Art in the 1970's.  She moved to Shetland in 1988 during which time her work has grown and developed over time from her experience of Coubal, the hillside where she lives.

She says of her work; “I'd like my paintings to have enough presence and stillness of image to hold the viewer, as Coubal holds me, but for the play of paint to encourage movement of thought across, through and beyond the painting surface.

“It's this allowance I'm looking for in my work: to make something which doesn't define or dictate but supports and encourages the flow of individual response.”

John Hunter, Exhibitions Officer said “The views from Gail's studio is a scene of constantly changing skies, sea, light and colour. For an artist like Gail there is no better place to have chosen to live. The expressive energy and boldness of technique balanced with subtlety of touch and colour will have a powerful impact on visitors to the show. Titles like; "Gentle Evening", "Moon", "Sea Birds" and "Storm" act like keys to her work and after the immediate visual impact allow the viewer time to share something of Gail's vision.” 

"Recent Paintings" opens in Da Gadderie on Saturday 11th August and runs to Sunday 23rd September.