Other Artwork Inspired by The Arlington Baths

This sequence of images shows the progression of a watercolour design inspired by the coloured glass stars on the ceiling of The Turkish Suite. Also featured in the painting are several of the Minton tile designs seen on the floor of the Turkish Suite.

This circular design was used as a greetings card illustration. The original artwork was purchased by an Arlington Club member.

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ARTchitecture Exhibition at The Arlington Baths from 1st December 2017

On Friday 1st December, The Arlington Baths Club hosted the opening event of the ARTchitecture Exhibition in the club’s Reading Room. Chris and Charlie, my good friends, assisted in curating the show with me. By the preview opening time in the evening, all the art work was suitably displayed on the walls of the wonderful, bright reading room.

The Arlington Baths is a not-for-profit member- run swimming club situated in an A listed building west of Charing Cross near Woodlands Road. The baths are the oldest baths club in Europe. Founded in 1870, the club offers a relaxing sanctuary in the heart of Glasgow for members, myself included.

The building was originally designed by architect John Burnett, father of the better known Sir J J Burnett. Four extensions were designed by different architects and added over a period of 30 years during the Victorian era.

The Arlington Baths became the inspiration for several collages and paintings which I created especially for the show, displayed for the first time at the exhibition.

In July 2017, I was given permission by club management to take photographs of the architectural features of the building both internally and externally, while the club was closed for essential maintenance. I took 150 photographs with my sketchbook camera. I photographed the pool area, the extensive wooden roof beams with daylight streaming in, the Turkish Suite with the wonderful ‘starry’ ceiling and Minton Victorian tiles  and the light and airy upstairs gym space.

I originally envisaged one collage being completed. However from the photographs, three collages evolved in three different colourways with three different compositions.

The red collage depicts the poolside ‘A’ logo, surrounding an original bell or light switch found on the walls in the Turkish Suite. The red glass star decoration from the roof of the Turkish Suite dominates this collage. A closer look reveals a section of the wooden loungers and the roof beams above the swimming pool. also represented is the tiled Greek key design which decorates the floor of the Turkish Suite.

The Blue collage features a view from the side of the pool illustrating  5 swimming lanes, the hoops that hang above the pool, the gorgeous glass and wood beamed roof with blue skies and white clouds providing natural light in the swimming area. Also included in this collage are the blue glass stars from the ceiling of the Turkish suite and several other features.

The green collage highlights many external architectural features of the building including the classical Greek Key pattern engraved into the sandstone, terrazzo flooring around the pool area and the yellow glass stars of the Turkish Suite. A closer look reveals a green tree view out of a window in the upstairs club gym and a few pairs of flip flops stored on wooden shelves in the Slipper Room. 






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Glasgow Society of Women Artists New Works at The Lillie Gallery 6th October 2017

My collages were submitted and selected for this group exhibition last autumn. My contribution  was of two small collages that featured designs from the Parthenon in Athens. The photographs were taken during a recent pilgrimage to The Acropolis. I also included small sections of narrow repeat patterns, hand drawn and coloured with watercolours.

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ARTchitecture Exhibition at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall from 9th September 2017

This exhibition included several new pieces of work, including a collage of Glasgow Royal Concert Hall shown in public for the first time. The challenge of creating this work was to represent the architecture of this modern iconic building whilst highlighting its significant musical importance as a world class venue.

Glasgow’s world class music venue.


Photographs taken when the exhibition was installed.

The bicentenary of the birth of renowned Glasgow architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson was celebrated in 2017. As a tribute to this event, I also included two collages inspired by The Parthenon and The Acropolis in Athens, the Classical Greek architecture and design that so inspired Thomson,  alongside several collages depicting the detailed features of Thomson’s buildings.

This exhibition was supported by Glasgow Doors Open Days 2017 and Glasgow Life.

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‘LINES OF THOUGHT’ Exhibition at The Lighthouse

These photographs show examples of Alexander Thomson’s original drawings, architectural models  and my large and small collages interpreting Alexander Thomson’s architectural features.

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Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson LINES OF THOUGHT Bicentenary Exhibition at The Lighthouse.

From 18th August until 8th October 2017, The Lighthouse in Glasgow was host to the ‘Lines Of Thought’ exhibition celebrating the genius and the bi-centinary of the birth of architect Alexander Thomson.
The exhibition could be viewed in Gallery One of The Lighthouse and displayed a selection of Thomson’s original drawings with artists and architects who interpreted his work in a range of mediums.
I was delighted to be invited, honoured to be taking part and privileged to be exhibiting alongside Thomson’s original drawings. This significant and major exhibition displayed many of Thomson’s work never seen in public before. It was a real treat and very exciting to be taking part in this event.
My collage chosen by the Alexander Thomson Society for the exhibition was inspired by Thomson’s stunning Holmwood House in Cathcart. Named Squares and Spirals, the collage reveals the detail from the frontage of the house and the interior tiles decorating the floors with other features.

The images below were photographed at the exhibition and include the collage named ‘Squares and Spirals.’

Holmwood Collage detail.

Once again Minton tiles feature in this collage alongside a pair of quirky chimney pots, typical of the attention to detail paid by the architect to all aspects of the building from the floor to the roof. The collage also features some carved wooden detail from a door inside the villa.

This view reveals the layers used in the centre section of the collage.

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ARTchitecture Exhibition and Designs On Japan pop-up exhibition At Cass Art Glasgow

In June 2017,  Cass Art in Glasgow city centre hosted a solo exhibition of my kaleidoscopic collages inspired by architecture. I was joined by Christine Shaw who’s pop- up exhibition was inspired by the art and design of Japan.

Chris and I both studied textiles at Duncan Of Jordanstone College of Art Dundee and graduated within a year of each other. We have remained lifelong friends. This was the first time we had collaborated to organise and curate a joint exhibition. Although our careers went in different directions, our passion for art and design and in particular textiles was reflected in our work on display.

The images below give a snapshot of the work on display at the exhibition. The last two photographs are watercolours inspired by Glasgow architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson and were completed in the gallery, during the exhibition.

A selection of the intricately detailed pen and ink drawings. Each piece an individual .design

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Group Exhibition with Glasgow Society of Women Artists.

The Summer Exhibition celebrating the art work of the GSWA opened on Saturday 3rd June 2017 at The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum. I was delighted to be exhibiting with such established and talented women artists in an outstanding location.

Colours enhanced by the bold wall colour.

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Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s Bicentenary Birthday 9th April 2017

The renowned and influencial Glasgow architect Alexander Thomson , was born in the village of Balfron near Glasgow on 9th April 1817. He was the seventeenth of twenty children.
He never travelled abroad, spending most of his life in Victorian Glasgow.
As well as a superb creator and planner of buildings,Thomson was a deep thinker and religious man who’s work was influenced by Egyptian, Assyrian and notably Classical Greek design and architecture.
For more information about Thomson and the events being held to celebrate the bicentenary of his birth go to http://www.alexanderthomsonsociety.org where a programme of talks, walks and other celebrations for this year are detailed.

This image shows the detailed layering of a  collage.

The design for this small collage was inspired by the beautiful decoration adorning the walls and floors of Holmwood House, Thomson’s villa masterpiece in Cathcart, Glasgow.

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ARTchitecture Exhibition November 2016

Many thanks to all those who attended the opening event of the exhibition in early November and to the steady number of visitors who came along to Argyle Street to view the show. Your support is greatly appreciated. I have a selection of new collage ideas which I will be developing over the next few months. I will be exhibiting again with new work in a city centre venue during June 2017. Details to follow…

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