Current Exhibition
Shona Barr 'Chroma: New Paintings'
Clare Bigger Interior & Garden Sculpture


6th May to 3rd June 2017

The Greek word for Colour, Chroma', in its most literal translation is defined as the purity of a colour and its freedom from white or grey in the natural world.

Bohun Gallery is delighted to continue their 2017 showcase of Scottish Art with a major solo show of new paintings by Shona Barr. The popular artist explores not only her her local Scottish landscapes but further afield with a particular focus on Dorset. She depicts the dramatic landscapes, flora and fauna with characteristically daring colour combinations and broad, dynamic brushstrokes.



Shona Barr's paintings reflect her continued interest in capturing and expressing the essential vitality of the Scottish landscape and climate, articulated through panoramic sea views and fields rolling into the distance. Her working practise begins with detailed watercolours painted 'en plein air' enabling her to absorb the atmosphere and catch the changing light which alters the colour and mood of the terrain. Over the years, Shona has found herself drawn back time and time again to working by the sea. There is constant change within the shifting tides, and the colours of the sea which are transformed from one moment to the next as clouds move past. In the studio, the final painting becomes a distillation of the key elements, articulating the sense of the place rather than describing it in detail. The brushstrokes play with the boundaries where abstract marks come together as a recognisable image.

Shona Barr graduated from Glasgow School or Art in 1988 where she was the recipient of the Landscape prize and the Armour Prize for Still Life. She has paintings in the permanent collections of Lillie Art Gallery, Prior's Court School and Strathclyde University, and corporate and private collections worldwide. She has been included in the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Glasgow Institute (David Cargill Award, 1989), Paisley Art Institute and exhibits frequently in galleries across the United Kingdom.



Clare Bigger works in stainless steel which is weather resistant allowing a colour range from silver to bronze. Her sculptures have featured in award winning RHS show gardens, private and corporate gardens and notable commissions include EMI, Prior's Court School, Taylor Woodrow and the Jerwood Foundation and iconic landmarks such as Milton Keynes' 'Leaping Man' and Reading 'Gateway'. Her sculptures are all about movement, whether capturing a dancer balancing on point, a sprinter in full flight or a bird of prey about to swoop. She works on both an intimate and monumental scale.

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Shona Barr

Allotment Dahlias

Oil on canvas
20 x 16 ins



Shona Barr

Thurlestone Rock, Devon

Oil on canvas
36 x 48 ins



Shona Barr

Sky High Sweet Peas

Oil on canvas
28 x 28 ins



Clare Bigger

Hunted

Stainless steel
30.5 x 31.5 x 33 ins



Shona Barr

Dorset Landscape

Oil on canvas
28 x 36 ins



Shona Barr

Double Distilled

Oil on canvas
48 x 48 ins



Shona Barr

Aberdeenshire Trees

Oil on canvas
16 x 20 ins



Clare Bigger

Osprey Catching a Fish

Stainless steel
43.3 x 23.6 x 45.2 ins



Shona Barr

Dahlia Garden

Oil on canvas
36 x 36 ins



Shona Barr

Winter Green

Oil on canvas
20 x 26 ins



Clare Bigger

Moonlight

Stainless steel
45.2 x 51 x 19.6 ins



Shona Barr

Firework Dahlias

Oil on canvas
16 x 16 ins



Shona Barr

Pink Clematis Study

Oil on card
11.5 x 11.5 ins



Shona Barr

Trees at Loch Lomond

Oil on canvas
28 x 36 ins



Shona Barr

Little Sweet Peas

Oil on canvas
20 x 20 ins



Shona Barr

Peaceful Loch

Oil on canvas
16 x 16 ins



Shona Barr

Pink Clematis

Oil on canvas
28 x 28 ins



Clare Bigger

Fascinating Rhythm

Stainless steel
15 x 9.8 x 7.8 ins



Shona Barr

Rose Hip Hedge

Oil on canvas
36 x 36 ins



Shona Barr

Water's Edge at Sallochy Study

Oil on card
11.5 x 11.5 ins



Clare Bigger

Finish Line

Stainless steel
19.6 x 31.5 x 15.7 ins



Shona Barr

Border Sweet Peas

Oil on canvas
20 x 20 ins



Shona Barr

Shoreline, Loch Fyne

Oil on canvas
16 x 16 ins



Shona Barr

Dahlia Design

Oil on canvas
26 x 20 ins



Clare Bigger

Handstand

Stainless steel
13.3 x 25 x 13 ins



Shona Barr

Garden Greeting

Oil on canvas
30 x 40 ins



Shona Barr

Loch Lomond Light

Oil on canvas
36 x 48 ins



Shona Barr

Colours of Spring

Oil on canvas
36 x 36 ins



Clare Bigger

Cyclist I

Stainless steel
14 x 23.6 x 11.8 ins



Shona Barr

Allotment Dahlias Study

Oil on card
9.5 x 7.5 ins



Shona Barr

Western Beach Study

Oil on card
9.5 x 11.5 ins



Shona Barr

Garden Greeting Study

Oil on card
9.5 x 11.5 ins



Shona Barr

Maroon Dahlias Study

Oil on card
11.5 x 11.5 ins



Shona Barr

Peaceful Loch Study

Oil on card
8 x 8 ins



Clare Bigger

Tussle

Stainless steel
8.2 x 9.8 x 4.7 ins



Shona Barr

Trees by Loch Lomond Study

Oil on card
10.5 x 13 ins



Clare Bigger

Frisbee

Stainless steel
8.6 x 15.7 x 6.6 ins



Shona Barr

Rainbow Dahlias Study

Oil on card
10.5 x 10.5 ins



Clare Bigger

Pulling Strings

Stainless steel
15.75 x 23.6 x 13.7 ins



Shona Barr

Rose Hip Hedge Study

Oil on card
8 x 8 ins



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