David Hosie September 2009.
I would not like to presume that everyone is familiar with acclaimed figurative painter David Hosie. Although he is based in Edinburgh and has been painting for nearly 30 years, his work is not something you see everyday and his solo exhibition was a real treat. His work is mainly shown in London and further afield. I felt strongly about this, believing that people here should be seeing it. From the amazing comments left in his visitors book, it would appear that many, many agreed that his work has a universal appeal and a narrative to it that we can all relate to. I don't want to "generalise" his work, but to me it's all about human beings and how we react, cope.....or not....to life, and the challenges and strains it can place on us. This may sound a little "heavy" or hard work, yet at the same time David offers symbols of hope and regeneration. We were proud to have been lucky enough to show this amazing exhibition and it was fascinating for me to observe everyone's reaction to the work. Anyone who has an interest in David's work, achievements and contribution to Scottish Painting should contact the gallery.
"Bather, Quiet Night of Quiet Stars".
I have had the hard task of picking out a few key pieces from the exhibition and these two beauties stick out (for obvious reasons) but also because they were the last two to make it. I was lucky enough to see this piece as a work in progress and could see that it was a very special painting in the making and, if time permitted, she should be finished. Sure enough the proud owners of this beautiful painting are thrilled to have her calming influence in their home.