New exhibition set to open

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An exhibition of paintings by Suzanne Stuart Davies and Malcolm Davies is being staged at Designs Gallery in Castle Douglas from May 18 to July 13.

Suzanne and Malcolm have visited the Northern Isles and the Hebrides many times, always convinced that one of these beautiful places should become their home.

But which one?

Designs Gallery is delighted to be showing a recent body of work by these two prolific artists.

Malcolm and Suzanne have recently returned from a painting expedition to the island of Colonsay. Returning to Galloway, they have produced a body of work entitled “Islands and Dreams”, produced, inspired by their journey.

Malcolm’s paintings are influenced by the history and myths of the islands. Describing his painting, The Sleeping Knight, Malcolm tells how, on the island of Oronsay, there is the ruin of a 14th century priory.

He said: “It made me think of the surreal painting The Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau, transposed to the sand dunes of Oronsay.”

Suzanne’s subject matter has been, for many years, the Scottish coast and countryside, with a particular emphasis on birds and the working landscape.

Recently, she has been exploring new themes in preparation for the Islands and Dreams exhibition.

The exhibition opens on Saturday and Designs Gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am–5pm.