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Summer Exhibition For Scottish Colourist


By edg - Posted on 20 April 2012

Pathway Loch Lomond by George Leslie Hunter

The City Art Centre will host the largest survey exhibition of work by the Scottish artist George Leslie Hunter (1877-1931) to be held in Scotland for almost 50 years this summer.

Hunter was one of a group of four artists that became known collectively as the Scottish Colourists - the others being FCB Cadell, JD Fergusson and SJ Peploe. Hunter is often described as the least predictable of the Scottish Colourists and for that reason perhaps the most interesting.

Born in Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute, his family moved to California when he was 13. Hunter started his career as a magazine illustrator, and took up oil painting on a visit to Paris in 1904. A planned solo career was cut short after he lost everything in the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 and he returned to Glasgow to be with his family and start again.

Hunter's work reflected his travels in Scotland and France, becoming more influenced by the Post-Impressionists such as Cézanne and Van Gogh.

His reputation was enhanced when, in 1923, his work was shown alongside that of Peploe and Cadell in London. The following year, Peploe, Fergusson, Hunter and Cadell exhibited together for the first time in Paris under the banner Les Peintres de l'Écosse Moderne.

Leslie Hunter: A Life in Colour (21 July to 14 October) will span two floors of the City Art Centre, featuring around 80 works drawn from public and private collections throughout the UK.

The selected works are expected to depict the range of Hunter's work - illustrations, drawings, prints, watercolours and oil paintings, from his earliest work to that of his final years.

Admission to the Hunter exhibition is expected to be £5.00 and £3.50 concession.

Free art

The City Art Centre's summer season also features a free complementary exhibition The Scottish Colourists: Inspiration and Influence, which will display work selected from the City's collection of Scottish Art on one floor of the gallery. The exhibition will include a number of loans from the Royal Scottish Academy and the Fleming Collection in London.

Cultural Olympiad

Also on show at the City Art Centre this summer is Human Race: inside the history of sports medicine, a touring exhibition of Scottish collections, newly commissioned artworks and rarely seen film footage.

The exhibition, which is an official part of the Cultural Olympiad for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was created by the Scotland and Medicine Partnership, a group of 23 organisations led by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

It explores the impact of the history, culture and science of sport and exercise medicine on the human body. Admission to this exhibition will be free.

Lynne Halfpenny, Head of Culture and Sport, said: "We expect the exhibition to be very popular - we know from the extraordinary success of our Scottish Art 1650-2010 show last year that there is a huge appetite for Scottish Art among Scots and visitors alike."