Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Real Coup!

Incredible! The new adverts for Winsor and Newton include the Art of the Real collective. Look out for adverts during 2012 which will focus on each artist involved in the project. This is a Real coup!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

ART OF THE REAL: Art of the Real Tour dates 2012

Undelivered- watercolour on collage- 2011

ART OF THE REAL: Art of the Real Tour dates 2012: Please see the back cover of our Exhibition catalogue for the Art of the Real world tour 2012. Looks like a very busy year ahead. We hope you...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

New video

Here is a recent video of my painting- 'Painted door of Marsaxlokk, Watercolour on Arches watercolour paper. If nothing else it shows how I hop around the picture plane working up the painting at the same time.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Gallery Q- Mirror Image

For those of you who reside further afield than Dundee, here's a snapshot of the show. I think it hangs together very well and it will be the last solo show for some time, as I embark on The "Art of The Real" tour.
If you cant make it, enjoy!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Gallery Q- Mirror Image

Mirror Image

Secrets in the shadows; watercolour; 50 x 42.5cm

 Gallery Q- 17th September-15th October 2011

Although a mirror is supposed to reflect truth, it also changes that which we look at. Similarly an artist who reflects on the world around him must also change and interpret his version of truth.

I value time and the way it affects everything. It reveals character within all that it touches. The worn beauty which is slowly coaxed out of peeling paint, rotten wood, rusted implements or wind torn rock appeals to me. I want to record them, but I also want to do so with emotion. I want to say something about my subject matter and as such embellish, change, modify, emphasise and sublimate in order to get my message across.

It is my interpretation of the subject and therefore like the mirror I may reflect upon that subject but at the same time I’m compelled to change it.

This exhibition draws upon my experiences from a resource laden trip to Cuba. The neglect brought about by Political isolation creates an endless supply of superb source material for me. Havana is a living city, one which has not been cared for due to a lack of resources and finances. Never the less, she shows all the signs an aging beauty. Growing and expanding, but dowdy and still immensely proud, I found Havana foreboding at times but also friendly. Full of contradictions and packed full of source material, I found I was slightly overwhelmed at first, but once you start drawing, your focus returns and the important stuff comes into view.

Doors, gates, walls, pillars, signs and the interaction of Havana’s residents with the city became my focal point. Building on my past experiences from other trips I draw, draw, paint, photograph take notes and draw again, constructing a bank of knowledge which sustains me in the studio until my next expedition.

I will be back.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

ART OF THE REAL: ‘Art of the Real’ a realist revival? by Tara McCar...

ART OF THE REAL: ‘Art of the Real’ a realist revival? by Tara McCar...: "‘Art of the Real’ a realist revival? Throughout the last three centuries like-minded artists have chosen to converge to form movements in a..."

Friday, May 20, 2011

RWS in Malta

 I recently (last week) went to Malta with 6 other members of the RWS (Royal Watercolour Society) with a view to creating some work, which will be exhibited next year in England and Malta (Valetta). It was an extremely fruitful trip and I came away with a sketchbook full of ideas and many photographs. I thought it would be good to show some of the sketchbook here together, rather than in dribs and drabs on FB. Myself (Angus McEwan), President David Paskett, Jenny Wheatley, Michael Chaplin, George Devlin, Richard Bawden and Dennis Roxby Bott set about making sense of our surroundings. I was impressed by the variety of work, professionalism and general enthusiasm everyone displayed. It was a real pleasure to be involved with this small select group and I look forward to seeing the results next year. As you may notice this work is a lot looser for me due to the heat and time constraints, but this is a stepping stone to further work.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Art of the Real Blog

We have now created a focal point for all information relating to the Art Of the Real Collective. Over the next year we shall post any pertinent information regarding our Exhibitions. This is where you will be able to follow our journey.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Saturday, April 02, 2011

is now back in action. So you can access my website through or If you havent already checked it out please do! If you dont have flash it may look like theres stuff missing, in particular the galleries, but you can still view work in the shop;)

As I've intimated there is a big announcement coming so keep checking in!!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The New Improved Website!!

"Shed some light"- watercolour 2010

My new website is now up and running. For the eagle eyed amongst you, you will have noticed an address change. There is now a new web address and once the transition period is over, my previous address will take you to this site also. Hopefully you will also notice that its faster and less 'clunky' than the last one. Lots more images and a shop facility which uses paypal. If you come across something you like, let me know. Your feedback would be appreciated. I shall be adding galleries which will be grouped in terms of subject, but for the moment I decided to keep it nice and simple; work which is available to purchase and archive pieces. If you think something is missing, let me know. Anything you would like to see?
Hopefully this website will shed some light on what I've been up to recently.

There are lots of exciting things on the cards. The next couple of years are going to be extremely busy, hopefully very productive and very interesting!!!

Looking forward to it.

Friday, March 04, 2011


Well after many months, nay, years of neglect the website is finally getting an overhaul. It will be launched soon and there will be a discount of mammoth proportions for invited guests. If you would like an invite, please forward your email address to me and you will have the opportunity to take advantage of this limited time offer. The offer will last one month form the official launch date.

Get typing, this is the Electronic studio sale!!!!