selfportrait, 2009, oil on canvas, 120cm x 100cm, artist's collection
I spent two weeks in Elie, a village on the east coast of Scotland, in the county of Fife. The house had once belonged to my grandmother Eve Burns (Russell), and because she had died the year before the house was now rented for the holidays. I entered it the first week of January when the wind was blowing and the sand clogging the pipes and streets. I thought I could draw outside, I thought I could paint outside, but it became impossible with the cold weather. So I used my companion's VW van, Lucy, and produced a dozen of drawings that I then transferred to oil paintings. By the end of January, my uncle offered to organise an exhibition of the work in his house, located in Colinton Edinburgh, a very good opportunity for the family to remember Elie, my grandmother and the scenes of Elie. The Elie experience was filled with memories of my childhood and of my grandmother's life, and it comes to no surprise that some of the paintings I created are filled with autobiographical reference like the self portrait in her sitting room window.
An hommage to Eve Russell (Burns)
beach gardens, 2009, oil on canvas, 40cm x 80cm - private collection
Earls ferry bench, oil on canvas, 90cm x 30cm, private collection
Elie Harbour, 2009, oil on canvas, 60cmx60cm, private collection
Lucy and the harbour, oil on canvas, 60cm x 20cm, private collection
morning light, 60cm x 30cm, oil on canvas, private collection
painting with lucy, oil on canvas, 60cmx30cm, private collection
le Tai Pai, 2009, mixed media on paper, 30cmx40cm
Night vision, 2009,oil on canvas, 50cm x 60cm
Psychedelic Harbour, 2009,mixed media on paper, 32cm x 40cm
Reflections, mixed media on paper, 30cm x 40cm
the golf course, earls ferry, 2009, mixed media on paper, 32cm x 40cm, private collection


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