'Departing' - A farewell exhibition of recent work by Philip Archer
23rd April - 15th June 2019
Open: Monday to Friday, 9am - 4.30pm
Private View: Friday 26th April, 5pm - 8pm, All Welcome
A note from the artist:
The title of this exhibition ‘Departing’ refers to my farewell to Leith School of Art after 27 years, in order to focus fully on my own art practice and it is also a tribute to my wonderful late wife Helen, who passed away two years ago. Helen and I loved to visit a small, family run vineyard in the Langhe region of Piedmont and many of the small oil pastels depict remote vineyards and farmsteads found in the landscape surrounding Barolo.
The larger oil pastels show a distilled structure of large ‘wind blown walls’ and a glimpse of landscape. The old walls continue to form a backdrop to new encounters, interactions, reflections and memories. They trap shadows and create meaning and mystery beyond the many flaking layers of paint and plaster.
In front of the wall there is often a terrace, forming a border between home and all that is safe and familiar and beyond is the open landscape, wilderness or the sea, representing the unknown and unfamiliar.
About the artist:
Born in Cardiff, Philip completed his Foundation Course at Cardiff College of Art, before going on to achieve a BA Hons Fine Art, Sheffield College of Art, followed by an MA(RCA), Royal College of Art London.
Since 1991, Philip has been Principal at Leith School of Art. Throughout his career, he has delivered lectures, seminars and talks to art societies, professional bodies, schools, colleges, universities, radio and TV including: Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy, St Edmunds Hall, Oxford, St Andrews University.
In addition Philip was President of Visual Arts Scotland (2007 -10); Judge for the Salvesen Travel Scholarship; and a contributor to Drawing and Painting: Materials and Techniques for Contemporary Artists, Thames and Hudson.
His work has been exhibited extensively across the UK since 1989, including shows in Edinburgh, London, Cardiff, and further afield in exhibitions in Norway and the USA.