IDEAS OF BEAUTY: Douglas Gray and Cate Inglis

27th April - 13th May 2017

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This exhibition of new paintings by Douglas Gray and Cate Inglis presents viewers with two different ideas of beauty, as manifest in the distinct subject matter chosen by each artist. See beauty through two separate pairs of eyes, and allow your mind to wander outside conventional concepts of the picturesque.

Douglas Gray finds beauty in both the activity and tranquillity of daily life. His bustling city scenes depict figures both at work and play, deftly rendered through the artist's understanding of colour and light. Whether a New York street crossing or sunshine soaked afternoon in Venice, Gray's figures interact with their surroundings and one another in a palpable ebb and flow, conveying the robust and beautiful nature of everyday life.

Douglas Gray was born in Harrogate and comes from an illustration background with over twenty years of experience, including clients such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Warner Brothers, and Universal Studios. Since transitioning to oil painting, Gray has been elected to the Royal Society of Marine Artists (2013) and won prestigious honours like the Winsor & Newton 'Best Oil Painting' Award (2011) and the Russell and Chapple Award (2012 and 2013). Gray's work can be found in the collections of The Right Honourable William Hague, George Davis, Lord Derwent, the Howard de Walden family, and The Savoy Hotel (Fairmont Group).

Cate Inglis takes interest in the passing of time, and its impact upon the industrial landscape in her native city of Glasgow. Observing dilapidation, overgrowth and vandalism as it accumulates on surrounding manmade structures, Inglis skilfully depicts these transformed buildings to present them as subjects made beautiful by the process of degradation. Although the concept of an abandoned building does not conventionally spark visions of beauty, Inglis' paintings achieve a romantic depiction of both the history and endless change intrinsic to each structure.

Cate Inglis is a Scottish contemporary urban landscape painter and printmaker, based in the West End of Glasgow. A product of the Glasgow School of Art, she has won the RGI Armour Award for landscape painting of distinction (2013), the SSA Open Eye Gallery Exhibition Prize (2014), and the PAI Art Hire Framing Prize (2015). Inglis is also an elected member of The Paisley Art Institute, The Glasgow Art Club, Society of Scottish Artists, and the Royal Glasgow Institute.

Ideas of Beauty: Douglas Gray & Cate Inglis at Thompson's Gallery