Kindred Spirits celebrates the work of Charles MacQueen RSW RGI, his wife Christine Woodside RSW RGI and Charles’ daughter Sian MacQueen RSW. While each of them creates their own distinctly recognisable work they are united in their interest in textured surfaces.
Charles’ abstract compositions incorporate memories and forms observed from his travels to Morocco, Italy, the Greek Islands, and France. He uses textured levels of paint and gesso to evoke the feeling of specific places. The influence of colour and light experienced in these places are visible in his highly atmospheric works.
Christine creates landscapes inspired by her travels and the countryside around her Fife home. In 1995 the opportunity to travel to North Africa transformed her work thanks to being awarded the Teachers Whisky Travel Scholarship at the Royal Glasgow Institute. Her paintings also demonstrate a love of texture, using many layers of oil, watercolour, pastel and applied paper.
Sian lives and works in Slockavullin, Kilmartin Glen in Argyll. Her paintings and sculptures respond to the changing light and weathered surfaces of the coastline. Her sculptures use abstract compositions and contrasting textures which are also made from modular ceramic pieces combined to form tactile patterns.
All of them have been elected to the prestigious Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) and have won many art awards and accolades. Charles and Christine are also elected members of the Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI).