Friday, March 29, 2013

Thank You Gordon!

All good things must come to an end (why is that?) and so the Gordon Wilson exhibition finishes on Sunday.

We waited almost two years to have another solo exhibition with Gordon and it was well worth the wait.

He created a gorgeous collection of paintings and all the visitors and buyers have left with a smile on their face. The exhibition has been another great success for Gordon, and all involved are delighted for him.

A very big thank you to Gordon Wilson who has made the gallery a very happy place to be for the last four weeks.  Until next time!

Following Gordon is something completely different.


Fifty Shades of Glasgow is a tribute to the city by Glasgow School of Art graduate Carol Dewart.

Fifty exquisite scenes of Glasgow. 

It opens 21 April, and it's not to be missed!

But it's Easter weekend, the sun has got his hat on, and we are very busy with visitors to Gordon's exhibition.  It continues until 5pm on Sunday. Keep checking the website for those red dots!

From Monday, we are taking an Easter holiday for two weeks.  We will reopen on Tuesday 16th April.

Thank you to all the amazing artists and brilliant customers for supporting Smithy Gallery.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Brilliant Show!

When an exhibition is having a great response, I always wish it could last a bit longer. The Gordon Wilson exhibition ends this Sunday and it does feel a little too soon.

Every time I hang a new exhibition, the look and also the mood of the gallery is transformed. This exhibition has had a striking, bright and bold effect.  I have loved it, as have the many visitors.

Gordon Wilson's career has been growing in leaps and bounds, and the response to his paintings has reflected this.  Many good exhibitions unfortunately don't get the sales that they deserve, but Gordon does.

We have sold over a third of the exhibition so far, and we still have a week to go.  Every painting is just as gorgeous as the next, so I will be sorry to see the end of this show.

So while the odd snowflake falls, the warmth of Gordon's paintings cast a glow about the gallery.

The exhibition continues until Sunday 31st March.  Don't miss it!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Quirky or Narrative?

I'm not a fan of the word quirky so I'm having a root around in my thesaurus for something better.

Stranded Captain and Skipper

Unconventional, idiosyncratic, hmmm not happy with these either.  Gordon Wilson's paintings are often described this way, but I think they are narratives.

When All Around Are Losing Theirs

One look, and there is a story unfolding, unlike anything else you will see that day.

A Cat on a Belty's Back

Not only are they beautifully painted, but you are drawn into the artist's world, which looks like a pretty joyous place to be.

Beach Boy and The Bird

Gordon Wilson is well known for his landscape painting, delighting in the light and beauty around us.  But I think these narrative paintings compliment beautifully.  They come from within and allow us to have a little more insight  into the artist.

Wee Gee and The Big Bumble Bee

And he is incredibly quirky!

The exhibition continues until 31 March.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Gordon Wilson Exhibtion

The beautiful exhibition of works by Gordon Wilson has been going very well.  There are so many impressive paintings in this solo exhibition, but these are some of the ones that I particularly love.


Red Sail

I love the gentle sweep of this painting and how the title draws your eye to the horizon.

Stranded Captain and Skipper

I am a huge fan of Gordon's boat paintings.  The tonal subtlety of this painting is superb next to the absurd nature of the subject matter.  It makes me smile.


The Blethers

I love to see two ladies discussing The Blethers.  The painting is hung high in the gallery and life imitating art is fabulous to watch.  Everybody loves this painting.

Big Dark Dumgoyne

Gordon Wilson is particularly well known for his unmistakable landscape paintings.  His palette has always been strong, but the spectrum has been widening.

Winter Firs

He loves his Scottish surroundings and the many moods and shifting tones are expressed in his paintings.

Red, Skye


All of these paintings are even more impressive in person.  As a whole the exhibition is bold, dynamic and life-affirming.

Sundown Daisies


The artist is aptly able to transfer his lust for life into his works.  I think this is what so many people respond so positively to.  The sales have been coming thick and fast and I am delighted to be holding this special exhibition.

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Friday, March 08, 2013

A Brilliant Start

The Gordon Wilson exhibition has had fabulous sales all week.  It has been an amazing start to this much-anticipated exhibition, but it's been even better than expected.

Now I personally love to see what sells at an exhibition, so these are all the sales so far!

These are all medium sized to the very large paintings.  All works with dimensions and prices can now be viewed on-line.

We still have over three weeks to go and just as big a variety of paintings to enjoy. Gordon has really put together a striking collection of works covering his love of dynamic expressive landscape and the surreal narrative.

There's nothing better than seeing the paintings in person though.

The exhibition runs until 31st March, and we are open every day except Mondays.

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The Gordon Wilson Preview

The Gordon Wilson exhibition previewed on Sunday and what a day it was!  

All was ready for a busy turnout.  The beautiful paintings were hung, the champagne chilled, the fire lit, and the chocolates were piled high.

All was ready for a busy turnout, and we were not disappointed!

We were filled to the rafters with fans of Gordon's and friends of the gallery and the sales just kept coming.

Big congratulations to Gordon Wilson for creating such a beautiful collection of works that lit the gallery up.

And a massive thank you to to every person who came, making the day the great success that it was.

But it's only the beginning!

The exhibition runs until 31st March.

Don't miss it!

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Friday, March 01, 2013

About The Artist

Gordon Wilson

Born in 1968 and educated in Glasgow, Gordon has spent the last 25
years in the art field as designer, picture framer, restorer and artist.

It is in the last 8 years however, that he has managed to dedicate more of his time to his love of painting.

Painting is his passion and through his hard work and dedication,
recognition has followed, and he is fast becoming one of Scotland’s
reputable and sought-after artists.

Working predominantly in oils, his subject matter ranges from dynamic landscape to bold figurative and narrative works. His expressive paintings are inspired by his native Scotland; whether dark and moody or an explosion of colour, they reflect the ever changing moods of both the countryside and the artist himself.

Demand for Gordon’s work continues to grow. He has exhibited in
several solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous group
exhibitions including The Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI) and The Paisley Arts Institute (PAI).

He has won several awards including the The Flora Wood Award in 2006 and 2008; and awards at The Paisley Arts Institute in 2009 and 2012.

Over the years he has developed a strong following from many private collectors. His paintings are part of many large collections in the UK and abroad. His work also features in several corporate collections including Biocon, and Marks and Spencer.

We are busy getting everything ready for this much awaited solo exhibition which previews this Sunday.

If you would like a special preview, please view on-line at the above address.

All welcome this Sunday, 2pm to 5pm.

Thanks for reading!