Larger than life at Dundee University

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`Larger Than Life’, the new exhibition which opened in the University of Dundee last weekend, takes visitors back to the city’s art scene of the 1980s.

The exhibition showcases art by students at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in the 1980s.

Under the influence of the new Head of Fine Art, Professor Alan Robb, and his fellow tutors, a distinctive style emerged at that time of brightly coloured, highly finished and almost cartoon-like paintings which Robb terms the ‘Dundee Imagist School’.

Curator Matthew Jarron explains: “Alan Robb encouraged his students to look at artists such as Giorgio de Chirico, Felice Casorati and the magic realists, and the result was a uniquely Dundonian response which was colourful but dark, realistic but also surreal.

“The work of artists such as Graeme Todd, Eddie Summerton, Ian Scott and Derrick Guild gave Duncan of Jordanstone an enviable reputation for its drawing and painting work.

“Many students from the time have gone on to national and international success.”

Larger than Life opened on Saturday, December 10 in the Lamb Gallery, within the Tower Building on Perth Road. The show has been created as a response to the forthcoming exhibition A Painted World, opening at The

McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum on January 27 and featuring work by Alan Robb and his contemporaries.

The Lamb Gallery exhibition runs until February 18 (closed for Christmas vacation December 23 to January 3).

Contact 01382 384310 or museum@dundee.ac.uk for further information.