17 March – 11 April
Sacred Figures and Places is a major showcase of the work of Elizabeth Strath, a fine artist living and working in Aberlour, Scotland. Trained at St Martin’s College of Art and the Royal College of Art, Strath returned to Scotland, her ancestral and spiritual home, to dedicate herself entirely to her work. Strath is delighted to be invited to exhibit at Moray Art Centre between Saturday 17 March and Wednesday 11 April 2012.
Taking inspiration from poetry and iconography, Strath expresses her influences in drawing, paint and stained glass. Her work demonstrates a reverence for the everyday, through tender still life compositions, dramatic figure drawings and exquisite modern icons. The imagery of pagan to Christian art from the early Byzantine period is an area of intense interest to Strath, demonstrated by her use of a variety of traditional methods and art materials for her startling drawings, paintings and icons, incorporating gesso and gold leaf.
Strath is influenced by the London Group, and was trained by Leon Kossoff at St Martin’s during 1964 and 1968 and the Royal College between 1968 and 1971. Years spent teaching and living in London’s East End also inspired compositions of the dramatic urban landscape, family life and figurative work. Strath also became a lecture herself with St Martins from 1979 to 2002.
On returning to Scotland ten years ago, Strath contributed to the local area through embarking on the renovation of an old school building in Aberlour, preserving a unique historical space and opening the Drill Hall Studio where she now works and lives.
As well as exhibiting widely in London, Strath has had shows at Duff House and the Bonhoga, Shetland, undertakes commissions for stained glass and icons, and recently completed a series of drawings for the Knockandho Wool Mill, a Heritage Restoration Project, soon to be showing in Elgin and at Just Art, Fochabers.
Randy Klinger said “Moray Art Centre is proud to support local artists and fine art of such a high caliber and intensity. This exhibition is about reverence: the small things that we barely notice around our homes, having become ‘invisible’ within our domestic world, and sacred images of icons that harkens-back to early Christian and Byzantine history. Reverence for both the everyday and the exalted; offering the viewer awakened eyes to rekindle their reverence for their immediate world.”
The Art Centre is open Tuesday to Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturdays 10am – 4pm and admission is FREE. All artwork is for sale.