The latest exhibition at The Meffan in Forfar is a joint exhibition by two of the most acclaimed artists working in Scotland today.
John Inglis and Ian McKenzie-Smith both studied at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen and Hospitalfield, Arbroath.
At the heart of both artists’ work is an appreciation and understanding of their environment which is translated into their own distinctive and evocative styles of abstraction based on the landscape.
Ian McKenzie-Smith, originally from Montrose, met the Japanese artist Kenzo Okada in Paris whilst on a travelling scholarship and developed a lifelong interest in oriental painting and zen philosophy.
His paintings show an enduring commitment to a distinctly personal style: a subtle, evocative way of painting with a calm, quiet quality that owes something to Eastern traditions, as well as to the American colour-field painters of the 1950s.
He was awarded the OBE for his services to art in 1992 and the CBE in 2009.
He is a past President of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) and past President of the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA). He was Director of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums for almost 30 years.
John Inglis is the current President of the RSW and is an elected member of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (RGI). He also has close links with Angus and his recent paintings have taken as their source the coastline of the county.
In particular he has been drawn to an area he has known well since his student days: around the North of Lunan Bay and the atmospheric, deserted village of Usan, towards Montrose.
The exhibition at The Meffan features new work by John, predominantly in watercolour, which is mainly inspired by this area of the Angus coastline but also by visits to Orkney.
The motivation for showing together at The Meffan lies with the artists’ Angus connections and their presidencies of the RSW. They have also known each other for forty years.
Both artists have received many awards throughout their careers and have work in numerous public and private collections, both nationally and internationally.
The exhibition runs until Saturday, October 8, admission free.