about the gallery
Resipole Studios is an award-winning fine art gallery with on-site artist studios, located on the West Coast of Scotland. The unique exhibition space hosts an exciting annual programme of exhibitions and workshops of Scottish contemporary art that is both emerging and established.
The gallery was launched in 2004 by Andrew Sinclair after a two-year renovation of an agricultural byre. An arts graduate himself, Andrew recognised the need for a professional gallery space in his home area but also for professional studio facilities, to enable resident and visiting artists to access high quality resources in a truly inspirational Highland setting.
Since its launch, Resipole Studios continues to present work by artists of many disciplines, with Scotland as their key focus. With many award-winning artists on its roster, the gallery is regarded as one of Scotland’s leading contemporary art spaces and consequently, in 2016 was selected to show work by the late, American abstract-expressionist, Jon Schueler to mark the centenary of his birth.
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Contrary to popular view of contemporary art, many of the newest and brightest young artists on the scene have fully embraced painting, reviving it and transforming their canvases into extraordinary works of skill and talent. The renaissance of painting can be seen in galleries worldwide. However, when one can buy a very pleasing colour print for five pounds, why should one buy a piece of original art? A painting is unique - you are the owner of a work, the only one of its kind. So much more substantial than a print, you have a piece of heritage. When buying paintings, you must only choose that which you truly love and can imagine yourself living with. Paintings come at a price, but a high price is no guarantee that your painting is a good investment. As with all things, fashions and tastes change. Paintings that were once immensely popular can fall out of favour rapidly, whereas unknown artists can shoot into the spotlight overnight. A painting you love can be treasured by you and your family for generations to come, irrespective of monetary value.
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