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THE RIVERSIDE GALLERY Original watercolours by local artist James Steel FRTPI. Exhibition from 1st December 2016

ART AT THE RIVERSIDE GALLERY Artist James Steel’s depictions of an everchanging and bygone Inverness and surrounding area.

When the artist James Steel died some years ago he left behind a studio filled with a legacy of more than 20 years’ worth of work – paintings that captured the rapidly changing face of Inverness and the surrounding area since the 1980’s. This collection of more than 100 watercolour paintings has only recently come to light, and these will form a major retrospective exhibition of his work during this period to be held at The Riverside Gallery from 1st December 2016.

RIVERSIDE GALLERY

11 BANK STREET

INVERNESS IV1 1QY

TEL: 01463 224 781


“ Whenever there was building development within Inverness James would be found sitting crossed-legged on the pavement with his sketch pad on his knees.” – Hugh Nicol, Owner at the Riverside Gallery James Steel initially trained as a chartered town planner, and worked for many years in planning departments in local and central government offices in Scotland and overseas. He was a fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and having spent 25 years in private practice moved to the Highlands in 1980. He took up watercolour painting as a form of relaxation, and developed a unique style of representing the urban street scene. Whenever there was building development within Inverness James would be found sitting cross-legged on the pavement with his sketch pad on his knees, capturing a building before it was changed or vanished forever. From the days when Inverness’s High Street was a through road to traffic, to the construction of Inverness

The Riverside Gallery is Inverness’s longest established Gallery & Picture Framing business, and alongside this major exhibition will be work from Scottish Artists through three Centuries – 19th, 20th & 21st.

Page 1: Gap site, Douglas Row, Inverness. Bottom Left, View place, Inverness. HMS Inverness. Page 2: Top left, A New Gem by The Town House? Inset: Unknown. Bottom, Stephen’s Brae, Inverness. Page 3: Top left, Pibroch the puffer. Right, LK 428 at the Quayside. Inset, Globe Shoe Shop, Inverness. Bottom, The Heathmount Hotel, Inverness. Page 4: Inset, Chanonry Lighthouse, Fortrose. Harbour Patrol, Inverness, Main Image, Edinburgh skyline – The North British Hotel.


Original watercolours by local artist James Steel. This exhibition will make available a remarkable collection of work from a time that was changing Inverness forever – some say not necessarily for the better! This can be seen in the titles of many of his paintings, which capture his wry humour and the slightly cynical outlook of a planner very much of the old school. All the paintings are available for sale – many are unframed and purchasers can make their own choice of framing.

Caledonian Thistle’s Stadium, or ‘BP Hunter’ and ‘Pibroch’ the Puffer in Inverness Harbour, James would be found busily recording the scenes, always accompanied by his black Labrador bitch ‘Negra’ – he said that she dragged him around to areas of Inverness and street scenes which are not normally appreciated by the urban dweller. James received many commissions of his work, and his paintings hang in homes and offices throughout Inverness and Scotland as well as Europe, Canada, America and Australia.

ART AT THE RIVERSIDE GALLERY


The Riverside Gallery is the longest established Gallery & Picture Framing business in Inverness. Alongside this major exhibition will be work from Scottish Artists through three Centuries – 19th, 20th & 21st.

Riverside Gallery 11 Bank Street, Inverness IV1 1QY Tel: 01463 224 781 Opening times: Monday-Friday 9:30am - 5pm Saturday 9:30am - 2:30pm (closed on Sunday) D Design by: andrewoconnor2@hotmail.com


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