We are delighted to present this new exhibition of work by an artist who has long been associated and exhibited in Compass Gallery, since he graduated in 1974. John Inglis was born in Glasgow in 1953 and studied at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen and Hospitalfield, Arbroath. He won two travelling scholarships, the Keith Prize in 1975 and has had two Scottish Arts Council Awards. In 2013 he won the Bet Low Scholarship to Orkney. He was elected RSW in 1984, and became President from 2005-2016. In these new and richly coloured collages, Inglis recreates remembered fragments of landscape and coast in complex compositions in watercolour and oil, drawing inspiration from the landscape of Cornwall and North Wales and the archaeology of Orkney. The exhibition is in three sets, Cornwall, Demolition and the Slate series. The images are refined abstractions emphasising surface, line and shape. Structure and composition are fundamental to Inglis’ work. His first one-man show in Compass Gallery took place in 1980. His work has been included in many group shows at Compass; STV Edinburgh Festival; ‘Painters in Parallel’, Edinburgh Festival 1978; Stirling University; Talbot Rice Centre, Edinburgh; The Glasgow Group; Scottish Art 2 Generations, City Art Centre, Edinburgh and RSA, RSW, SSA and RGI Annual Exhibitions. He has had solo and group shows in the UK, USA, Canada, China, Australia and Europe. Among the public collections containing his work are Aberdeen University and Art Gallery; Scottish Arts Council; Argyll & Bute Education Authority, Educational Institute of Scotland; STV; The Institute for Cancer Research; McLean County Arts Centre, Illinois; Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh and in Australia and Japan.

Cornwall based art potter Linda Styles has a strong painterly approach to her ceramics and exciting range of colour intensity, which gives a fresh insight into contemporary ceramics today. Her pots are a luscious visual feast, dynamic sculptural forms, multi-fired and multi-surfaced. Linda came to clay relatively late having led as she describes a ‘colourful’ life, making her debut appearances as an undergraduate at the Tate Gallery in St Ives (1994), moving onto Ceramic Contemporaries 2 at the V&A Museum, London (1995). Her work is held in public and private collections including the Gregg Museum of Folk Art, North Carolina, USA. She was commissioned by Sir Terence Conran to make a range of breakfast tableware. She is a lecturer in Contemporary Crafts; Course manager, curator and researcher at the Combined University of Cornwall, and has directed Arts Council, Heritage Lottery and EU funded public art projects at Falmouth’s Municipal Gallery. Linda’s practice relates to the exploration of the emotive and instinctual, her main purpose being to use unorthodox expressions of surface and form. She mainly works from memory and reflection, mostly in her studio surrounded by chemicals, clay and kilns. Her range of colours are discordant, yet harmonic; gouged out infills underlaid with dense earth pigments and oxides, swathes of matt opaque interspersed with glassy pools of intense saturation. Colour, line and space merging background into object, object into background, suggestive, evocative and always open to interpretation. She is purposely referencing the essence of figuration within form and surface. “I like the juxtaposition of the vague and the definite. The distortions and angles give a recognisable personality that prompts an emotional response. Some tell a story of what I know of human nature good and bad. I continue to take absolute pleasure in the fact that collectors tell me that my ceramics enhance and brighten their lives just by being present and therefore part of the most intimate spaces…home.” Her work is exciting, vibrant, a heady mix of quirky, haunting and thoughtful.

This exhibition presents a selection of work by some of the talented women artists who have held solo exhibitions in Compass Gallery since it was founded in 1969. A not-for-profit charity, the gallery is renowned for supporting the newly emerging contemporary living artists at the start of and throughout their developing careers.

New books and catalogues. Past exhibition catalogues and older books.