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keith | stephen | rodger
a shared aesthetic
18 May to 30 June

A Shared Aesthetic 

Keith Thomson, Rodger Insh, and Stephen French share a history. They were all at Duncan of Jordanstone college of art during the 70s and exposed to the same influences, ideas and aesthetics. Since that time Thomson, Insh, and French have each developed very successful independent practices, but have chosen to come together in this exhibition to revisit the aesthetics of their formative years in the context of their current ideas.

For digital artist Keith Thomson, Generative or Algorithmic Art is central to his working method. Here, by way of an algorithm devised by the artist, a set of procedures is generated and executed by a computer. While this may seem to negate the idea of authorship, Thomson says, ‘ … the Generative Artist … (is) now able to produce digital artworks that display a recognizable individual style.’

Rodger Insh’s contribution to the exhibition sees a shift from his more recent realistic landscapes towards the more symbolic and structured approach of earlier years. Using the Iolaire disaster off the coast of Lewis, and the World War I poetry of Wilfred Owen, Insh is interested in making ‘visual poetry’, by means of a developmental process that relies on ‘contact and engagement with the surface’.

Locally based artist, Stephen French takes his inspiration from many and varied sources, and resists the notion of an artist having one ‘voice’. Instead he tries to ‘open … up to, and appropriate, any and whatever idea takes my fancy, as many different topics, styles, genres, tropes, cultures, theologies and materials as I can find’. 

We feel the visual narrative generated by the graphic aesthetic adopted by these three artists creates an exciting and thought provoking exhibition here at Resipole Studios.

becoming a poppy
rodger insh
mixed media
14 x 14 cm
£695
from mahim to eternity
rodger insh
mixed media
31 x 11 cm
£995
the four horsemen
rodger insh
mixed media
15 x 13 cm
£795
why (faith, duty and reality)
rodger insh
acrylic
100 x 100 cm
£3950
until the next generation is ready
rodger insh
mixed media
14 x 14 cm
£695
asset management
rodger insh
mixed media
20 x 20 cm
£695
when is now?
rodger insh
mixed media
28 x 28 cm
£895
consequences and the hidden persuaders
rodger insh
mixed media
20 x 20 cm
£795
finale on the smabre-oise canal
rodger insh
mixed media
32 x 6 cm
£895
at the trumpet call of war
rodger insh
acrylic
100 x 100 cm
£3950
still life I
stephen french
acrylic on canvas board
17 x 28 cm
£400
enchanted forest
stephen french
acrylic on canvas
100 x 200 cm
£5000
still life II
stephen french
acrylic on canvas board
21 x 28 cm
£400
leapfrog banquet
stephen french
acrylic on canvas
50 x 160 cm
£4500
still life III
stephen french
acrylic on canvas board
30 x 26 cm
£400
tobermory
stephen french
acrylic on paper
20 x 60 cm
£1000
still life IV
stephen french
acrylic on canvas board
28 x 26 cm
£400
three soldiers
stephen french
acrylic on paper
50 x 35 cm
£1400
three robots
stephen french
acrylic on paper
35 x 50 cm
£1400
eardley buggies
stephen french
acrylic and enamel on canvas
95 x 48 cm
£4000
v & a, dundee
stephen french
acrylic on canvas
60 x 80 cm
£2500
sandy shore
keith thomson
limited edition digital print 1/5
42 x 29 cm
£120
occluded sun
keith thomson
limited edition digital print 1/5
42 x 29 cm
£120
the sentinal awakes
keith thomson
limited edition digital print 1/5
42 x 30
£120
safe harbour with rainbow
keith thomson
limited edition digital print 1/5
42 x 29 cm
£120
regatta fireworks
keith thomson
limited edition digital print 1/5
42 x 30 cm
£120
south westerly backing south 4 or 5
keith thomson
limited edition digital print 1/5
42 x 29 cm
£120
bikini blue
keith thomson
limited edition digital print 1/5
42 x 30 cm
£120
votive
keith thomson
limited edition digital print 1/5
42 x 29 cm
£120
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