Bains Beach, Lerwick

31.5 x 31.5
Ruth Nicol

Bains Beach, Lerwick, Shetland Islands, refers to the poet Hugh MacDiarmid, who lived on Whalsay, Shetland for ten years.  Ruth Nicol’s association with Shetland landscapes goes back to her project, ‘Three Rivers Meet.’

The artist’s ‘Three Rivers Meet’ project took as its starting point Alexander Moffat’s composite portrait ‘Poets’ Pub‘ (1980) in the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. Ruth travelled Scotland sketching and painting the landscapes associated with the Scottish poets in this painting: Norman MacCaig, Hugh MacDiarmid, Sorley Maclean, Iain Crichton Smith, George Mackay Brown, Edwin Morgan and Robert Garioch.   Some of her paintings in this series are on an epic scale – for example, see her painting of the Edinburgh landscape (poet: Robert Garioch) in the Scottish Parliament art collection.   By contrast, this painting of Bains Beach, an engaging small work, demonstrates Nicol’s mastery of a very wide spectrum of scale.

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Acrylic on card


(framed dimensions)

Photo courtesy John Reiach