Award for well-known local artist

Picture by Chris Watt.  07887 554 193. ..

Picture by Chris Watt. 07887 554 193. ..

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CARNOUSTIE artist Jim Dunbar has won the Rendezvous Gallery Artist in Residence Award at the 133rd annual exhibition of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour which is running at the Royal Scottish Academy Building in Edinburgh.

The award enables an artist to experience a week painting at Tigh Alasdair Ruaraidh, a renovated croft house at Garyvard on the Western Isles.

Talking about the winning painting, ‘Winter Fields, Carlogie’, Mr Dunbar told the Guide & Gazette: “For the past five years I have been working on a series of landscapes based on fields by Carnoustie where I live.

“I am particularly interested in the changes through the seasons of this hinterland. I made some studies of a stormy sky over a lightly snow covered ploughed field. I was preparing a background setting for a large oil painting using an old tattie scull as the main focus.

“During the oil painting I thought that the sky and stand of trees was strong enough to work as a composition without the scull so I painted this watercolour version. I’m delighted and very surprised at this award and am already looking forward to painting on Lewis.”

Mr Dunbar trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and taught for 20 years in Angus schools. He exhibits widely and has won many prestigious awards throughout his career including the RSW £1,000 Council Award in 2011.

The exhibition, which is open until 24 March 2013, features over 250 new paintings by over 170 leading and emerging artists from across Scotland including Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, Emma Davis, Will Maclean, Gordon Mitchell, Angus McEwan, Barbara Rae, Adrian Wiszniewski and HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, Patron of the Society.

The exhibition can also be viewed online at www.rswgallery.org.uk during the exhibition dates.