Eric Cruikshank – Point of Departure
22.06. – 13.08.2022
We are delighted to announce Eric Cruikshank’s second solo exhibition with the gallery this June. Eric will present new works from his Sky Paintings series highlighting new formats and media that he has begun to work with over the past three years.
I moved from Edinburgh to Dundee towards the end of 2020 and it was quite interesting moving to a new studio and having a lot more space. So it’s allowed me to work on a larger scale. Whereas before, the studio I had was very, very small, but I absolutely loved it.
For the works in the upcoming exhibition I have a new series of paintings on both cotton canvas and linen. These are stretched over wooden panels. With these pieces the priming is hugely important – always applied in multiple layers – with each layer sanded to a glass like smooth finish. It’s about finding a balance where the layers of primer remove the texture of the canvas but still maintain a level of absorbency for the colour to sink ever so slightly. I want a very particular finish where the oil doesn’t reflect the light, I want the oil to almost absorb the light, so when you’re looking at the gradients, the different colours form a visual pulse. That pulse gives the work a kind of life if you like.
I adopted that into the Sky Paintings where I build up subtly contrasting colours. Because of the thinness of the oil, even with the uniform finish of the various hues, there are trace elements – flickers – where the eye catches glimpses of those initial layers. When I feel that it gets to the point where the vibration I mentioned – the pulse – is gently coming through the plane, the painting is ready for the final layers, where I work the gradients of colour.
Eric will also give first insights into a new group of mixed media works that he has created in a laborious and time-intensive process over weeks and months and that captivate through an otherworldly translucence as the light reflects off the many partially exposed layers of paint.
A catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition. Additionally, 15 collector editions will be available each featuring a unique work on paper and priced at 975€ (incl. VAT).