Seeing the wood and trees at the Meffan

Photography by Malcolm J. Thomson makes up part of the latest exhibition at The Meffan in Forfar, which opens this Saturday.

Photography by Malcolm J. Thomson makes up part of the latest exhibition at The Meffan in Forfar, which opens this Saturday.

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THE next exhibition at The Meffan in Forfar is by photographer Malcolm J Thomson and painter and printmaker Allan Beveridge.

The exhibition grew out of conversations between the two artists around a shared interest in, and experience of recording woodland and forest.

They also took inspiration from the great tradition of painters and photographers who explored and recorded forests, from the ancient oaks of Fontainebleau to the redwoods of California.

‘Seeing the Wood and the Trees’ is a result of a visual exploration of Ethie Woods, an area of historic woodland north of Arbroath. The artists made many visits to the site over two years, recording and reacting to changing conditions in the old beech woods and conifer plantations.

Malcolm and Allan, who have been colleagues at Dundee Print Studio for many years, found a common interest in recording the many changes of light, shape and texture in the forest. Both painter and photographer respond directly to the experience of being there.

To coincide with the exhibition, the two artists will be giving a gallery talk at The Meffan on Wednesday, June 13 at 2 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no need to book.

Allan Beveridge was born in Glasgow and graduated in Drawing and Painting from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art whilst Malcolm, who was born in Methilhill, Fife, began taking photographs at the age of 11. ‘Seeing the Wood and the Trees’ opens on Saturday, May 26 and runs until Saturday, June 23, it is free.