It was back in March 2010 that UG held its first exhibition of still life paintings. Entitled 'Not So Still', it was a major success with one artist in particular recieving a great deal of attention. That artist was Cathy Campbell, a Glasgow-based painter who we had found out about whilst putting together that exhibition. We were surprised to learn that Cathy had never exhibited in Edinburgh before, and delighted that she agreed to exhibit with us. I adore her beautiful, colourful work full of delicate touch and clever technique. Not long after that exhibition, it was a logical step for us to talk to Cathy putting on her very first solo exhibition.
And the result of that conversation is now for all to see at UG. Cathy Campbell's exhibition of new paintings opened last Thursday, and it has been well worth the wait of around 18 months to see this wonderful body of work When you consider that she has produced all this work whilst holding down the day job as a tutor at Glasgow School of Art, it becomes even more impressive.
'Star', oil on canvas, by Cathy Campbell. And:
'Group of Three', oil on board, by Cathy Campbell.
To Cathy, still life painting is not about making a portrait of the objects, or even about telling their story, it's about shapes, colour, darkness and light, and their relatioship to each other. Over the last year, her methods have been changing somewhat. She says: