A soft spot for Galloway

‘Impressions of the Borderlands; Dumfries & Galloway and the Lake District’ is Scottish artist Kevin Weaver’s third show in Dumfries & Galloway but the first he has exhibited paintings of Scotland.

He had two shows last year, the first at Castle Douglas Art gallery in August and the second at the Tollbooth Gallery in Kirkcudbright in October.

Both were extremely successful and Weaver, who was born in Falkirk and grew up in Cumbernauld till he was 10 years old, has a soft spot for the land of his birth.

His latest work includes a dramatic depiction of the unspectacular A75, lugworm hunting on the beaches of Dumfries & Galloway, the Wickerman and his sheep, Port Patrick harbour and Port Logan fishermen landing their catch at sunset.

It also includes Hadrian’s Wall and Lake District woodland and sunrises over Ennerdale where the artist lives.

Weaver’s work uses complimentary colours to render light, power and movement of nature and the geography of the land and the weather that batters and caresses it in equal measure.

The show is at the Tollbooth Gallery, High Street, Kirkcudbright and runs from 13th April – 1st May 2016.

Weaver is a former photo-journalist who covered many wars and revolutions across eastern Europe beginning in 1989 with the fall of the Berlin Wall. He has also worked for many major national newspapers.