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Aberdeenshire farming heritage inspires new exhibition at Duff House

A new exhibition by Aberdeenshire artist Allan Lawson has gone on display at Duff House in Banff. 

On display until 17th September, Allan Lawson: Field Furniture comprises a series of new paintings which explore the landscapes of the north east, drawing inspiration from the farming heritage of the area.

Bearing influence of both cubism and collage, with highly original use of colour, the paintings in this exhibition contain imagery of scarecrows and discarded agricultural equipment set against farm buildings characteristic of the North East.

The exhibition will also look to inspire the artistic imagination of visitors. Among the paintings on display will be one unfinished work, with the artist seeking creative suggestions as to how it should be completed.

Speaking about his new exhibition, Allan Lawson said: “These new works focus on the agricultural hinterland of Duff House.

“In this exhibition – as in all of my work, regardless of subject matter – the imagery is used as a device on to which I can hang my personal ideas of colour. The proposed dialogue between the scarecrows and farm implements will, I hope, provoke a response in the mind of the viewer, inviting them to enter my world – which I admit may be seen by a few as somewhat zany…”  

“The unfinished painting, with the interim title Transformer, reflects my belief that exhibiting should also endeavour to engage. I intend to take some ideas from the public to finish the work and once completed, will be available to view on my website.”

Allan Lawson was educated at Gray's School of Art and Hospitalfield College. In a long career he has had works acquired by many private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Modern Art.

Graeme Curran, Manager of Duff House, which is operated by Historic Environment Scotland, in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council and the National Galleries of Scotland said: “At Duff House we’re keen to showcase artists from the local area and are delighted to be hosting this new exhibition by Allan Lawson.

“Field Furniture comprises a series of thought-provoking works that offer a unique vision of the local landscape, inviting us to explore the history and heritage of our surroundings.

“I hope that visitors will take this opportunity to appreciate a wonderful local artist against the beautiful backdrop of Duff House.”

Allan Lawson: Field Furniture is now on display at Duff House until Sunday 17th September. Entry to view the exhibition is included in the Duff House admission price, and is free for members.

For further information about events and exhibitions at Duff House, visit www.historicenvironment.scot.

For more information about Allan Lawson, visit www.allanlawson.co.uk.


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