ARTICLES & REVIEWS

Greg Thomas: writer & editor

SCOTTISH ART NEWS

"Katie Paterson, Requiem"

Review of a show comprising fossil remnants from across geological history. At Edinburgh's Ingleby Gallery, April-June 2022.
Summer 2022


"Et in Arcadia Artifice"
On Abbas Akhavan's Study for a Garden, a set of site specific installations at Mount Stuart on Bute.
June 2022


"John Patrick Byrne, A Big Adventure"

Review of the first retrospective of Byrne's work in over 20 years, at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
June 2022

"Future Remains"
Interview with Katie Paterson on the opening of her exhibition Requiem.
April 2022


"X Marks the Spot"
On Sulaïman Majali, the recipient of the 2022 Margaret Tait Award, commissioned by LUX Scotland to support experimental film and moving-image in Scotland.
April 2022

"Meet Me at the Threshold"

On a group show in Edinburgh featuring work by the Talbot Rice Gallery's resident artists for 2018-21.
April 2022


"Data Dredging"

Review of show by Moira Salt and Fiona McGurk at 16 Nicholson Street, Glasgow, curated by Aga Paulina Młyńczak.
March 2022

"Kind(s) of Blue"

Artist's profile on Scottish-Zimbabwean photographer and performer Sekai Machache.
March 2022


"Of Books, Barns, and Boats"

On Fair Winds and Following Seas, a group show in honour of Leonard McDermid and the Stichill Marigold Press.
February 2022

"Hill-walking for the Eyes"
Review of James Hugonin's Fluctuations in Elliptical Form at the Ingleby, Edinburgh.

March 2022

"Drawn from Memory"

Artist's profile on Glasgow-based Korean painter Sin Park.
February 2022


"Things of the Flesh"

Review of the Hunterian Gallery and Roberts Foundation exhibition Flesh Arranges Itself Differently.
January 2022

"A Field in England"
Review of Amartey Golding, Bring Me to Heal, at Tramway, Glasgow.
December 2021


"Unbearable Lightness"

On a new show of paintings and sculptures by Cathy Wilkes at Glasgow's Modern Institute.
December 2021


"Winter Fruit"

Review of Jyll Bradley's sculptural installation Pardes at Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery.
December 2021.


"Jumbie Soundscape"

On a new version of Ashanti Harris's dance piece An Exercise in Exorcism, performed at Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art.
November 2021.


"Labour and Liberation"

Review of Howardena Pindell: A New Language at The Fruitmarket, Edinburgh.
November 2021


"Text Disabled"

Review of Acts of Observation, a group show exploring the politics of contemporary disability at Collective, Edinburgh.

November 2021


"John Andrew 1933-2021"

Obituary for the stone carver, graphic designer, teacher, and long-time collaborator of Ian Hamilton Finlay.
November 2021


"Mind the Matter"
Review of Moyna Flanigan's new show of paintings, Matter, at the Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh.

November 2021


"The Language of Things"

Review of Tonico Lemos Auad's exhibition of sculptural objects Unknown to the World, at Cample Line, Dumfries.
October 2021

"Outdoor Shoots"
Review of Alex Boyd's Tir an Airm (“Land of the Military”), an exhibition of photographs exploring Scotland's militarised landscapes at Stills Gallery, Edinburgh.
October 2021


"Soft Power"
Review of Gather and Arrange, an exhibition of textile art by design collective Arrange Whatever Pieces Come Your Way at Mount Stuart House, Bute.
October 2021


"Naturally It Is Not"

Reviews of Alaya Ang and Hussein Mitha, Plotting (against) the Garden and Christine Borland, In Relation to Linum, at Edinburgh Art Festival 2021.
August 2021. 

"Always in Paradise"
Antiguan artist Frank Walter's circular "spool" paintings offer a window into the centre of a visionary imagination, as a new show at the Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, reveals.
August 2021


"Tracing Impressions"
A history of Glasgow University's holdings of paintings and correspondence by James McNeill Whistler, celebrating a new exhibition of Whistler's work at the Hunterian Gallery.
August 2021


"Margot Sandeman"
On the Scottish modernist painter Margot Sandeman, including her creative relationships with Joan Eardley and Ian Hamilton Finlay.
August 2021


"The Youngest and The Best"
Shaun Fraser and Will Maclean's new show Owners of the Soil, at The Fine Art Society Edinburgh, uses collage and sculpture to dig into themes of migration and colonisation.
August 2021


"What If . . . ? / Scotland"
Review of a show at V&A Dundee pairing citizens with architects across six towns in Scotland to devise solutions to problems of infrastructure and community cohesion.
July 2021


"Cottage Economy"
Review of John Brennan's Scotland's Rural Home: Nine Stories about Contemporary Architecture (Lund Humphries, 2021)
July 2021


"Marine Lights"
Five highlights of the Ian Hamilton Finlay exhibition Marine, at Edinburgh City Arts Centre.

July 2021

"Articulating Identities"
A Conversation between contemporary artists and filmmakers Jamie Crewe and Tako Taal about their work exploring trans and racialised identities.
July 2021


"Living Mountain"
Ilana Halperin's summer 2021 exhibition There Is A Volcano Behind My House, at Mount Stuart House on Bute, is a dazzling exploration of geology and genealogy. 
June 2021.


"Art of Survival"
On the history of Mount Stuart, a masterpiece of Victorian gothic architecture on the Isle of Bute.
May 2021

"Warped Perspectives"

On the life and work of Scottish textile artist Archie Brennan, ahead of an exhibition of his work at the Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh.
May 2021


"Pulling at the Thread"
Interview with textile artist Christian Newby ahead of his show Boredom>Mischief>Fantasy>
Radicalism>Fantasy at the Collective Gallery.
May 2021


"At the Threshold"
Review of Alastair Noble's artist's book in homage to Ian Hamilton Finlay.
April 2021


"Wild Commons"
On the Bothy Project network of interregional artists' residencies across Scotland.
April 2021


"Ian Hamilton Finlay and Ian Gardner: A Walled Garden"
Review of artist's book documenting Finlay's 1980s collaboration with Albert Speer, former Nazi architect and armaments minister.
March 2021


"In Praise of Shading"
On Scottish painter Alan Johnston, exploring his engagement with Japanese Wabi-Sabi aesthetics. 
March 2021

"A Man Walks into an Art Gallery..."

Interview with sculptor Mick Peter about his cartoon-based installation works.
February 2021
 
"Stormy Waters"
Review of Joanne Coates's North Sea Swells, a photo-portrait of the Orkney fishing industry.
February 2021
 
"Chagall at the Circus"
On Marc Chagall's The Horse Rider (1949-53), his first work to be purchased for a public collection in Scotland.
January 2021
 
"Tangled Intensities"
Review of painter Sara Barker's exhibition Undo the Knot, at Cample Line Gallery.
November 2020

"Hidden Depths: Edwin Morgan's Scrapbooks"
On the extraordinary 35-year scrapbook project of Scottish modernist poet Edwin Morgan, and influences on it from Surrealism to Cold War politics.
October 2020
 
"The Universal in the Particular: The Glasgow School at Cockburnspath"
Surveying the work of Glasgow School painters at their artists' colony at Cockburnspath during the 1880s.
September 2020
 
Review of Alistair Peebles/Brae Editions, The Gledfield Effect
Review of an artist's book evoking the brief but creatively rich period Ian Hamilton Finlay spent at Gledfield Farmhouse in the northern Highlands.
June 2020
 
"The Enigma of John Lavery: Irish Nationalist, Glasgow Boy, British State Artist"
An overview of the life and work of the Irish-born Glasgow School painter John Lavery (1856-1941).
June 2020
 
"Postcards from the Front"
A survey of the Fleming-Wyfold Collection's new acquisition of Ian Hamilton Finlay prints.
May 2020
 
Review of Sylvia Wishart, Orkney Drawings 1968-1977, and Frances Scott, Undertow
Review of photo-books and sketches by modern and contemporary artists evoking the landscapes of the Orkneys.
April 2020