Award winning artist, Seonaid Clarke, presents a new body of work entitled ‘Faces and Places’ at the Elgin Museum Mezzanine Gallery from 30th July to 25th August 2012.
Using an eclectic mix of mediums, Seonaid captures not just the likeness of her subjects but the soul beneath, displaying a passion redolent with the spirituality of her native Western Isles.
The colours and textures of her homeland come alive in some original landscape paintings on Harris Tweed and she explores the use of textile art in a stunning panel incorporated into a boned bodice while her award winning artwork entitled ‘If Only’ portrays the innocence and yearning of childhood forming part of her graphite portraiture studies.
Winner of this year’s ‘People’s Choice’ Award at the Gordon Art Exhibition, Seonaid, originally from Stornoway in the Western Isles, now lives and works as a Freelance Artist in the rural Aberdeenshire village of Old Rayne. A self-taught artist, Seonaid gave up her career within the operational sector of the Aviation Industry in 2005 to pursue her life-long ambition of a career in Art. Within a very short space of time her first pieces of work were sold to a gallery in the USA.
Since then she has steadily gained increasing recognition for her realistic and sensitive portraiture as well as forging a name for herself as an up and coming contemporary artist with her unique and atmospheric Harris Tweed artwork. This was first showcased during the inaugural Aberdeen Art Fair in 2011.
Further examples of Seonaid’s work can be viewed on her websites http://www.minigallery.co.uk/Seonaid_Clarke/