Rebecca Comfortably Lost at the Meffan

Artist Rebecca Westguard with some of her work at The Meffan Gallery in Forfar (Picture by
Artist Rebecca Westguard with some of her work at The Meffan Gallery in Forfar (Picture by

The next exhibition at The Meffan in Forfar is by artist Rebecca Westguard.

The exhibition, entitled Comfortably Lost, features recent work completed during a residency at Hospitalfield, Arbroath.

Rebecca studied at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, where, under the influential tuition of artists such as Joyce Cairns and Frank Convery, she was encouraged to explore her admiration and fascination of the human form. She received the John Kinross Scholarship on graduation and has exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in London on two occasions.

A recent prize winner at the National Open Art Competition, Chichester, Rebecca remains inspired by Florentine travels, a six week trip to Malaysia and her recent summer’s study at Hospitalfield, Arbroath.

Rebecca’s drawing processes are unique. She has established and defined an inherent individual drawing style, with an innate sense of respect for the time-honoured tradition of life drawing.

Rebecca’s delicate and intense studies of the human figure depict a study of life seen with some transparency and portray her sitters in what often seem like moments of tranquility. Peaceful and with delicate line, the works are representations of people in their most honest light.

She said: “I’m very fond of the complexity and discipline drawing the figure presents, such as the challenges within composition, proportion, developing a multitude of poses or relationships within a male and female diptcyh.”

Rebecca has taught drawing at Gray’s School of Art for a number of years whilst maintaining her practice during the winter months in her Johnshaven studio. She works freelance, teaching life drawing and portfolio building and also managing events, including fine art master classes, at Hospitalfield, Arbroath.

The exhibition opened to the public last Saturday at the Meffan, 20 West High Street, and runs until Saturday, June 25, admission free. The Meffan is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5 pm.