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18th November 2015


Latheron based artist Magi Sinclair holds her first solo exhibition this week at North Lands Glass Gallery, Lybster, with a private viewing on Friday evening, November 20 between 6.00 and 8.00pm.

The exhibition of over 20 pieces created over the last three years is entitled Norland and focuses on the Flow Country, Whaligoe and Caithness castles.

Magis drawings of the beautiful yet dangerous Flow Country are a powerful evocation with its deep bogs rich in plant life. Working in carbon on paper, with incredible sensitivity to detail and sharp observation, she creates art which directly links to the environment and guides the viewer to appreciate this incredible landscape.

A residency at Lyth Art Centre in 2014 was the catalyst for the works on Caithness castles, drawing inspiration from their precarious positioning on the edge of the coast, a defence from land and sea in harsher times.

Unique monoprint images of Whaligoe capture the dramatic and constantly changing seascape, contrasted with the steps, so orderly in their fashion.

The gallery is open to the public for four weeks, Monday to Friday, 10.a.m. to 4.00 p.m. from Monday 23rd November until Friday, 18th December 2015.

The gallery will also open for one weekend on Saturday, November 28 and Sunday 29 from 2.00 to 4.00pm.

Magi graduated BA (Combined Studies Degree) from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) in June 2014 and moved back to Caithness last autumn.

Prior to graduating, Magi won the Astaire Art Prize for outstanding undergraduate work by third or fourth year students at ECA, followed by the Hermione Hammond Drawing Award, awarded to the final year undergraduate student graduating from a UK art college who produced the finest representational drawing.

In September 2014, she was chosen for Saatchi long-list New Sensations award.

In January 2015, as one of 18 outstanding graduates selected from the UK by Federation of British Artists (FBA) members, Magi exhibited at the FBA Futures exhibition at the Mall Gallery, London.

She was invited to write an article and include images on the Flow Country which were published in the May 2015 edition of The Jackdaw, an art publication which aims to inform and entertain about aspects of art that are in the news. 

Some of Magi's Flow Country images were reproduced by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) in their Peatland Plan brochure in print and online in summer 2015.

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