Touched With Fire – new work with a story from The Wandering Artist

On Saturday it was delightful to welcome David Dalzell – The Wandering Artist back to Edinburgh and showcase his lovely new pieces – here they are and here he is chatting through the inspiration and techniques he used with one of our customers.

Touched With Fire
Original pen and ink artwork

The first image (above) is entitled ‘She Brings Fire With Her’ and the second (below) is ‘Touched With Fire’.

Touched With Fire
Original pen and ink drawing

They depict the female and male of the red-tailed black cockatoo respectively and there is a story attached to the works, which David explains below:

Touched With Fire
David talking about his inspiration and techniques to an interested customer

“First Australians tell of the red-tailed black cockatoos in their mythology. They herald the coming of the dry season, and they believed that the red/orange of the female colouration, and the red of the male was the origin of the fire that swept through the eucalyptus trees in the dry season of the bush lands. Essential for their regrowth (though now happening worryingly too often). This caught my imagination, and I wanted to depict this.

I photographed these birds in Queensland, just south of Townsville, on the east coast of Australia, by the sea, at a lovely campsite, after eating fish and chips!!

I’ve used the contrast of the detail of the feathers and leaves, with the spontaneity of the coloured ink to give movement and connection.”

These are of course original works but David is considering limited edition prints and perhaps cards if the response to these is positive, so please tell us what you think!

Touched By Fire
She Brings Fire With Her and Touched By Fire framed and on display in our window

Thank you to David for sharing them with us – we hope to entice him back to Edinburgh next Spring after his Winter wandering to Australia and New Zealand!

Remembering Frances (Frankie) Thwaites

FRANCES THWAITES (1908 – 1987)

We are delighted to have the opportunity to show a small selection of pieces (including the last two works she completed) by the respected Scottish abstract painter Frances Thwaites. Her work will be on display throughout April.

Born in India, where she spent her childhood, Frances Thwaites (known as Frankie) studied stained glass at the Edinburgh College of Art where she won several prizes and scholarships to London and Paris.

Between 1946 and 1948 she studied sculpture before turning to abstract painting, exploring the linear and spatial relationships in landscapes by superimposing darker heavy lines and curves on a subtly coloured background giving an impression of movement capturing the atmosphere of a place.

Remembering Frances Thwaites
Although based in Edinburgh, she often spent time in London, Paris and Palma de Mallorca and in the 1960s visited Australia, Tahiti and the United States, staying in California for several months.

She exhibited regularly at The Scottish Gallery in the 1950s and 60s and took part in “The Modern Spirit in Scottish Painting” exhibition in 1986. She had solo shows at the 1957 Gallery and the Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh, the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, the Compass Gallery in Glasgow, the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney, Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge as well as Galerie Lambert in Paris and Galeria Latina in Palma de Mallorca.

Remembering Frances Thwaites
Frankie (right) at an exhibition of her work

She participated in many important group exhibitions in London and Edinburgh alongside Anne Redpath and Elizabeth Blackadder and other well regarded Scottish visual artists.

Remembering Frances Thwaites

Her work is represented in the collection of the Arts Council and in private collections in Britain, France and the United States.

For the first time since her memorial exhibition in the early 1990s, four of her paintings will be exhibited in the Art & Craft Collective Gallery from the beginning of April.

Remembering Frances Thwaites

Frankie’s daughter loaned many of the paintings her mother left to her to friends and family so that they were displayed and enjoyed. The ones that she kept will be on sale and are the only Frances Thwaites works available on the market at this time. The two unframed works in the exhibition are the last pieces she completed before her death.

Remembering Frances Thwaites

Well reviewed and successfully exhibited during her lifetime, Frankie has unjustifiably become one of the forgotten artists of the twentieth century. We hope that this small exhibition will remind abstract art lovers of the quality of her work.