Exhibition created ‘in a jiffy’ for Meffan

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The Meffan Gallery in Forfar continues to attract exhibitions of a high calibre, and the latest by the Society of Scottish Artists is no exception.

Professional and Honorary Members of the SSA were invited to create works on or of paper that specifically respond to the given theme embedded in the title ‘In a Jiffy’.

Art in a jiffy bag - one of the exhibits at the Meffan.

Art in a jiffy bag - one of the exhibits at the Meffan.

Artists were also asked to consider the journey that their work would make to reach its destination and were asked to send their work directly to the gallery in a ‘jiffy’ bag or any other postal envelope or packaging.

The works themselves explore notions of time, distance, travel, perception and process, as well as the practical considerations of transportation and delivery.

There are over 60 pieces of work on display in a variety of media, including etchings, watercolours, screenprints and mixed media constructions.

This is the first time SSA professional members have exhibited together at The Meffan and the SSA is looking forward to building the relationship between itself and the wider exhibiting landscape in Scotland.

The SSA is an artist-led membership organisation governed by an elected resident and elected council consisting of around 12 members of the society.

It endeavours to promote the contemporary arts in Scotland by increasing audience and widening access, and aims to encourage experimentation and the “adventurous spirit” in Scottish art.

The exhibition runs until Saturday, February 15. The Meffan in West High Street is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

Meanwhile, renowned Angus artist Jim Dunbar is exhibiting a series of his recent paintings in the Carnoustie Library Gallery.

The paintings use both oil and watercolour and focus on his local environment as it changes through the seasons.

This is a condensed version of the exhibition shown at The Meffan in October and is another chance to see this exceptional work.

Jim’s paintings are representational and often allegorical.

His subject matter is wide-ranging covering figures and portraits, still-life, landscapes and seascapes.

Jim trained in Drawing and Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, between 1967-1973.

Between 1977 and 1999 he taught in various schools in Angus, as both assistant and Principal Teacher of Art and Design. He retired from teaching and now paints full time.

Jim has received many awards, travelling scholarships and prizes throughout his painting career.

This exhibition features paintings which are inspired by the ever-changing local environment around his home in Carnoustie.

He has exhibited extensively and has work in private, corporate, local government and museum collections in the UK and abroad.

If he requires further references for a work, he will make studies both in colour and black and white from source and refer to these back in the studio. He very rarely uses photographs.

The exhibition opened on Saturday, January 25 and runs until Saturday, February 22, and admission is free.

If you missed Jim Dunbar’s talk and gallery tour at The Meffan, there is another chance to hear him speak about his Carnoustie exhibition where he will discuss his influences and working practices.

The talk will take place on Friday, January 31 at Carnoustie Library Gallery at 2 p.m.

The event is free and there is no need to book.