| Louis Sinclair McNally
Louis Sinclair McNally trained at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen. He creates landscapes which, despite the considerable naturalistic force underpinning them, are by no means literal (and hence neutral) reports from the world around him. Rather, once he has experienced, for whatever reason, a moment of real connection with a particular place - often in his native Scotland - he then spends weeks using drawings, photos, memory and the formal imperatives of the resulting composition to fashion an image which is at once emotive and visually compelling. Intuition is heightened and articulated by intellect. These works - full of long, low horizons, severe shadows, memorable silhouettes and finely-observed atmospheric effects - evoke landscape, not as it really is, but as it scars the retina and the heart. The result is haunting, and oddly moving, too.
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