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Solo exhibition - No Small Dreams 11th July to 21st August - & Collective Art Gallery Bridge of Allan

Text of Elaine Speirs

  • & Collective Art Gallery t -01786 359864

    e [email protected] - andcollective.co.uk

    28 Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4HR

    Elaine Speirs No Small Dreams 11th July - 21st August 2014

  • Elaine Speirs No Small Dreams 11th July - 21st August 2014

  • Elaine Speirs was born in Johannesburg and moved to the West Coast of Scotland as a young child. She studied at Edinburgh College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. She also trained to be a teacher and she has taught in schools and also privately. She returned to South Africa in 2006 and then came back home in 2009 with her three daughters. Over the last four years Elaine has re-established herself as a painter.

    Her children and their friends are her inspiration. She is absorbed in their lives and she constantly observes them. The uncertainties of her own childhood have given her the freedom to dig deeper into the complications and mystery of being a child. She conveys the fragility of childhood, the transition between girlhood and womanhood, and the utter peace of the sleeping child.

    She regularly exhibits at the RSA, with VAS and the SSA. Recently she exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London. Awards have included the Fulton Textile Award (1995) the MacGregor Painting Award (1993) and recently the Glasgow Club Award (2012). She was shortlisted for the National Open Art Competition.

  • Peace 1,200Oil & Acrylic 201365cm x 73cm Framed

  • Childs Doll 950Oil on Paper 201455cm x 60cm Framed

  • Youth II 350Pencil & Pastel on Paper 2014 56cm x 77cm Unframed

  • Shell Pull Your Heart Out 2,600Oil & Acrylic 2013 85cm x 115cm Framed

  • No Small Dreams 4,800Oil on Board 2014 115cm x 130cm Framed

  • Seventeen 3,500Oil & Acrylic 2014 90cm x 176cm Framed

  • Greta 350Oil & Pencil on Paper 2014 56cm x 77cm Unframed

  • Judy 350Oil & Pencil on Paper 2014 56cm x 77cm Unframed

  • Breathe 350Mixed Media on Paper 2014 56cm x 77cm Unframed

  • Girl 350Mixed Media on Paper 2014 56cm x 77cm Unframed

  • In Your Dreams SOLDOil & Acrylic 2013 134cm x 70cm Framed

  • Lost 2,300Oil & Acrylic 2012 92cm x 116cm Framed

  • Delia Child Star 1,500Oil on Paper 201485cm x 115cm Framed

  • Child Star 950Oil & Acrylic 2014 85cm x 104cm Framed

  • Prayer 950Oil & Acrylic 2014 85cm x 116cm Framed

  • Waiting 1,900Oil & Acrylic 2013 85cm x 115cm Framed

  • Elaine Speirs

    1967 Born in Johannesburg, South AfricaLives and works in Edinburgh

    EDUCATION 1989 93 Edinburgh College of Art1993 95 Slade School of Fine Art

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS2014 & Collective, Bridge of Allan2013 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS2013 SWA, The Mall Galleries, London2013 VAS, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh2013 SSA, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh2013 Aberdeen National Gallery2012 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh2012 Award Winners Show, Glasgow Art Club2012 Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh2012 Shortlisted National Open Art Competition2012 Kelly Gallery, Glasgow2012 Aberdeen National Gallery2012 Paisley Institute, Paisley2012 Paisley Institute Drawing Competition2011 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh2011 Quartet, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh2011 VAS, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh2010 Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh2010 Royal Scottish Academy

    AWARDS2013 Caron Keating Memorial Art Award2012 Glasgow Art Club Award