LEADING Borders art gallery, breeze, is putting Peebles in the spotlight with the latest visit of a leading British artist.
Jeff Rowland’s distinctive work is sought after by collectors and he intends using his appearance at breeze on Saturday 22 September to paint a Peebles street scene.
The artist’s work usually focuses on atmospheric rain-soaked streets but good weather will not prove a deterrent.
Jeff said: “When it rains, I feel the need to get out there and sketch and to look at how rain can bounce off the ground and car roofs, the reflection from car lights and street lights.”
Potential subjects for the artist include the historic High Street area and the parish church and he is following the advice of comedian Billy Connelly as he prepares to paint live at the gallery.
He said: “As part of the working process, I am always inspired to experience what I am about to paint.
“I remember Billy Connelly saying that he hated songs about Scotland that were written by men in London, men who had never even seen the Highlands. In other words, if you are going to do something creative, get to the very heart of it first.”
breeze owner, Bob Corsie, said he was delighted to maintain the gallery’s growing reputation for attracting visiting artists of the highest calibre.
He said: “Jeff is quite famous in the art world and his reputation for producing high-quality collectable work is growing at a tremendous rate.
“We’re really excited that he is going to paint a Peebles scene live in the gallery. For anyone who lives in Peebles or knows the town well this will prove to be a very powerful draw and we expect a lot of interest.”
A private viewing for invited collectors takes place from 10am to noon and Jeff will start painting at 1pm. The gallery will also be displaying a collection of Jeff’s limited edition prints and originals and the Peebles painting will go on sale on completion.
Note to Editors:
Jeff Rowland will be at breeze Art Gallery on Saturday 22 September. To attend the private viewing contact the gallery on 01721 721684 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Jeff will be painting live in the gallery from 1pm.
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