The two gentlemen of Arran

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Local artist, Tim Pomeroy, is exhibiting his sculpture work in London as one part of a two-man exhibition quirkily entitled ‘The two gentlemen of Arran’ after the Shakespeare play ‘The two gentlemen of Verona’.

The exhibition combines the paintings of the late Craigie Aitchison with Tim’s sculptures and is by invitation only. The exhibition will take place in the house and garden of a private residence in Holland Park and is being organised and staged by Thomas Lighton of Merville Galleries in Sussex. Tom was for decades a top London dealer with Waddingtons before finally moving to Agnews Gallery where Tim was showing between 2007 and 2013.

Scot Craigie Aitchison had a life-long love of Arran having come here on holiday as a boy, and the iconic images of Goatfell and the Holy Isle serve as a backdrop to many of his spiritually-informed paintings, particularly in the mid 1980s after his mother’s death. Memories of the Arran landscape played a major role in his crucifixions and meditative minimalism. So hefted onto Arran were he and his brother Raymund, that Raymund lived later for several years in Lamlash until his tragic death in 1995. Craigie died in 2009.

The similarities begin with Tim’s life-long love of Arran having also come here on holidays as a boy. But more seriously the exhibition tries to reveal how both artists have tapped into the well of the historical and spiritual/other-worldliness that Arran most definitely exudes. Further similarities are obvious in the minimalism of both artists; their works are distilled down to the essential only. Whether it is Aitchison’s single bird attending a dying Christ in front of Goatfell or Pomeroy’s spare forms energised by essential textures, the two artists certainly draw on the same spiritual energy dug deep into the Arran land and psyche. Both men draw on indelible childhood influences of the Church of Scotland’s austere simplicity and of art being associated with the numinous. In Aitchison’s case the influence of the Italian art with all its religious symbolism. In Pomeroy’s case a sense that art has always, but not solely, served a mystical/ ritual/ religious purpose. Aitchison’s work contains directly Christian imagery. Pomeroy’s evokes ritual, ceremony and power in a wider spiritual field.

Both artists’ works exude their message rather than beat them out by drum. Both artists need time taken with the understanding and appreciation of their work.

Tim’s work is informed by natural forms, archaeology in which Arran is hugely rich, man-made objects. As he says quoting Australian poet Les Murray: ‘I am only interested in everything’…’consequently, inspiration can come from a poppy and car-part at one and the same time and be very happy bedfellows or a fragment of Neolithic artefact or a corner of the ferry. Nothing is out of bounds, inspiration is its own master and comes without invitation. Therefore anything can be inspiring.’

Tim will be taking three big major garden pieces and 12 interior pieces for the exhibition which runs from Monday September 16 to Sunday September 22. Tim continues to exhibit work in The Fine Art Society in Dundas Street, Edinburgh for those who would like to see his work in a gallery setting.

A work of the late Craigie Aitchison titled Goatfell, Isle of Arran.

Tim Pomeroy will be exhibiting this piece called Mace II which is derived from a neolithic mace head found as grave-goods. No_B37Tim01

A work of the late Craigie Aitchison titled Goatfell, Isle of Arran. No_B37Tim02