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northern horizon


BY BEAULY, INVERNESS-SHIRE IV4 7AL

+44 (0) 1463 783 230 a r t @ k i l m o r a c k g a l l e r y. c o . u k w w w. k i l m o r a c k g a l l e r y. c o . u k


kirstie cohen northern horizon 13 August - 10 September 2016

All of the works shown are available for purchase on receipt of this catalogue. Please contact the gallery for further information.


Light Fall

oil on canvas 48cm x 58cm


NORTHERN HORIZON new work by KIRSTIE COHEN It is a great privilege to exhibit “Northern Horizon”,

sized canvases too: warm and rich, glowing even in their

Cohen rarely paints a specific place; for her, the liberty

Kirstie Cohen’s largest body of work to date here in

unframed state. “Incus” catches my eye; the yellow cloud

to incorporate intuition and buried memories is more

Kilmorack Gallery this August. Cohen has achieved

hovering in the dark-blue sky. I know that when the show

important than any topographic exactness. This freedom

a remarkable feat in this show, not only in being able

is hung, these paintings will look magnificent in the

to explore form, colour and texture with a poetic

to produce enough brilliant work to fill Kilmorack’s

gallery’s gothic interior, and eventually, as they find their

imagination allows her to trek more deeply in to the

voluminous and demanding space, but in the ambition

way onto someone’s wall, they will look just as good.

and scope of the work, which places Cohen firmly in a

Cohen also produces quicker, lighter works on paper. I’m

venerable tradition of Scottish landscape painting. As I

only allowed a brief gaze at these. It is an Aladdin’s cave,

write this, Cohen’s studio is abundant with the fruits of

every work a gem.

two years hard painting. Kirstie Cohen’s studio always feels like a private place. Neatly stacked in one corner of her studio are four almost

It is where she manipulates paint into compositions that

finished large triptychs. Her mastery of the triptych has

fire her feelings of artistic adventure and fulfilment.

evolved from previous years. There are new colours,

This is never an easy process and rarely a final one. Too

more contrast and energy in them. Behind the easel

abstract and a painting drifts into unconnectable realms,

are new secret projects - Cohen’s more abstract works

too obvious and there is no space for the painting to grow

inspired by birds, figures and horses. I am briefly shown

with you. Kirstie Cohen always gets this right. At first you

them and notice at once the tremendous energy. The

feel as if you know the subject; a northern horizon, sea,

most spectacular of these is ‘Suspension’ which is over

mountains and mist. But as you live with it, the sea in a

three-and-a-half meters in length and draws you in with

Cohen painting often re-forms into moorland. Mountains

a depth of paint and a vibrant dominance of orange. I

may well change into waves. They are dynamic spaces

love the new direction. There are more conventionally

where your imagination can dwell.

Figure II

mixed media 40cm x 45cm


world of paint itself, and to bring back treasures from this new realm. They are also psychologically grounded paintings. At their heart are the places Cohen has known; the east coast seas of North Berwick where she grew up, the hills which her studio overlooks and, around this, the mountains, islands and coasts of the Highlands. It is to the north and its remote horizons that Cohen looks and the results are landscapes of sublime power, a multiplying snapshot of wilderness in flux.

Tony Davidson Director of Kilmorack Gallery


Snowfall

oil on canvas 90cm x 100cm


Snow Covered Hills oil on canvas 29cm x 39cm


Blue Skies

oil on canvas 100cm x 120cm


Sun

oil on canvas 100 x 120cm


Mountain Pass I

oil on canvas 102cm x 107cm

Mountain Pass II

oil on canvas 102cm x 107cm


Sliver of Light oil on canvas 60cm x 89cm


Orange Clouds oil on canvas 90cm x 100cm


Figure III

mixed media 40cm x 45cmcm

Figure I

mixed media 40cm x 45cm


Figure IV

mixed media 70cm x 49cm


Dark Mountain Pass oil on board 26cm x 35cm

Green Clouds oil on board 24cm x 59cm

Winter

oil on board 40cm x 64cm


Landscape Study XXI

oil on board 18cm x 40cm

Landscape Study XXI

Landscape Study XII

oil on board, 18cm x 40cm

oil on board, 18cm x 28cm

Landscape Study XX

oil on board, 18cm x 40cm

Landscape Study XI

oil on board, 12cm x 28cm


Distant Horizon oil on board 45cm x 67cm


Landscape Study X oil on board 18cm x 28cm


Landscape Study XIII oil on board 18cm x 28cm


Suspension

oil on canvas 120cm x 300cm


Incus

oil on canvas 110cm x 140cm


Yellow Light, Brown Earth oil on canvas 24cm x 30cm

Westerly

oil on canvas 24cm x 30cm

Island

oil on canvas 20cm x 40cm


Hill Light

oil on canvas 50cm x 70cm


Ocean

oil on canvas 70cm x 150cm


Grey Sky

oil on canvas 120cm x 150cm


Pink Clouds

oil on canvas 40cm x 60cm


Reflections

oil on canvas 35cm x 80cm


Seascape

oil on canvas 40cm x 90cm


Emerald Isle oil on canvas 40cm x 90cm


Yellow Cloud oil on canvas 20cm x 40cm


White Hill

oil on canvas 24cm x 30cm

Ice Cloud

oil on canvas 24cm x 30cm


Pink Cloud Descending I oil on canvas 70cm x 150cm


Seadrift

oil on canvas 70cm x 150cm


Landscape Study I

Landscape Study VI

Landscape Study III

Landscape Study IV

oil on board, 12cm x 18cm oil on board 12cm x 18cm

oil on board, 12cm x 18cm oil on board, 12cm x 18cm


Landscape Study V

Landscape Study VIII

Landscape Study II

Landscape Study VI

oil on board, 12cm x 18cm oil on board 12cm x 18cm

oil on board, 912cm x 18cm oil on board, 12cm x 18cm


Yellow Cloud Fall oil on canvas 50cm x 110cm


Northern Sea oil on canvas 76cm x 110cm


Rite of Passage oil on canvas 80cm x 80cm


KIRSTIE COHEN was born in Edinburgh in 1963.

She studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1983 – 1987 and after completing a degree she was offered a place on the Post graduate course from 1987 – 1988. Cohen turned professional with her first solo Exhibition in London in 1990. She has subsequently had many solo and mixed exhibitions nationwide. She now lives and works in the Highlands of Scotland.


Published by Kilmorack Gallery for the exhibition ‘Kirstie Cohen - Northern Horizon’ held in Kilmorack Gallery, Inverness-shire from 13th August - 10th September 2016.

Font Cover

Hill Light Reflection oil on canvas, 100cm x 120cm Back Cover

Orange Clouds

oil on board, 24cm x 42cm


by beauly, inverness-shire iv4 7al

+44 (0) 1463 783 230 art@kilmorackgallery.co.uk www.kilmorackgallery.co.uk

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Northern Horizon new work by KIRSTIE COHEN  

This catalogue is published for Scottish artist Kirstie Cohen's solo show in Kilmorack Gallery running over August 2016.

Northern Horizon new work by KIRSTIE COHEN  

This catalogue is published for Scottish artist Kirstie Cohen's solo show in Kilmorack Gallery running over August 2016.

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