A sense of place.
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Dunbar, L. (2003) A Sense of Place. (10 paintings) in: ‘Six Royal Scottish Academy Artists’, University of Central Florida, USA. Oct 16 – Dec 5.
Lennox Dunbar’s work in both Painting and Print is made through a process of constructing and deconstructing, building and dismantling, to evoke and embody the nature of change – to reflect and reveal in an associative way the ecology of making. Works are sculpted, formed, and worked within a space frame by additive, accumulative and sometimes reductive processes. The synthesis of making and idea are fundamental. Overarching themes are responses to autobiographical, archaeological, cultural and environmental sources that connect to the contextual framework of how artists respond to geographical location or sense of place. The complex interplay of themes/possibilities to the ecology of making and how this is transcended, remain the main focus of research. For the University of Central Florida exhibition, "Six Royal Scottish Academy Artists", six artists were invited from the membership of the Royal Scottish Academy to show a diversity of practice in Scottish Art. The gallery director, Kevin Haran, made studio visits in 2002 to select the work. A small full colour publication was produced and funded by the University of Central Florida Art Gallery for the exhibition. The publication states “The artists in this exhibition, all elected members of the Academy, certainly warrant the accolade ‘Artist of Merit’ and all have established enviable reputations in Scotland and abroad”. Other artists included John Bellany; Ian Howard; Jack Knox. Ian Howard was invited to give an illustrated talk at the opening of the exhibition. All costs involved in the curation of this exhibition were met by the gallery. Subsequent invited shows include: ‘Scottish Contemporaries’, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, 2006 (colour catalogue) ‘100 Years of Scottish Painting’, Panter & Hall Gallery, London, 2007