Graystone Gallery is pleased to reveal ‘Northern Lights’, an exquisite new solo exhibition showcasing the talents of artist Clive Ramage.
The show features over 35 works and includes several breathtaking lighthouse oil paintings, as well as luminous moons in glittering skies, mixed-media cityscapes of Edinburgh, and smaller watercolours and etchings of Scottish coastal villages, castles and mountains.
Look closely at the oil paintings in ‘Northern Lights’ and you can sense a love of Whistler’s London nocturnes. Clive imbues his lighthouses and darker seascapes with a delicate stillness and calm. He brings his broad range of inspirations to life in working across multiple media. His intricate, detailed etchings, such as Dunnottar Castle (recently shortlisted for the Scottish Landscape Awards), tell their own romantic stories with individual marks carving out a brooding landscape.
Clive’s pictures reveal how he sees the world and how it makes him feel. He is drawn to atmospheric landscapes and has always had a wistful fascination for the sea and what lies beyond the horizon. As a child, he could see the Bell Rock lighthouse flashing from his bedroom window – which has since become a creative totem for him, symbolizing travel and adventure, light and darkness. This exhibition showcases his exemplary use of light, bringing artistry, storytelling and illumination to Scotland and the North.
“Northern Lights will be a culmination and showcase of everything I have been working up to in my paintings and etchings over the past few years,’ Clive said. “I’ve poured my heart and soul into the pieces for this show and hope visitors will enjoy the wide variety of my subject matter and the different methods I‘ve used to create the work. I’d like to think there’s something here for everyone and I’m very excited to see it all coming together.”
This is the first solo show hosted by Graystone Gallery since relocating to Stockbridge in October 2023. Owner and director Lesley Briggs is delighted to represent Clive and join a thriving local community.
“We’re just at the start of our journey and we’ve had a wonderful, warm welcome from local artists, businesses and customers,” she said. “We’re keen to bring Clive’s outstanding work to a new audience. We know he’ll light the way.”