Artist continues to be inspired by Sutherland


Artist Ann Davidson, who grew up in Tongue and Helmsdale, is organizing a new exhibition in a Lancashire gallery.

The Antarctic Strait opened at the Dukes in Lancaster on November 1 and will run until January 1.

Ann, who studied textile design at Hornsey College of Art in London and wrote her dissertation on life in Sutherland, is a frequent visitor to her home county.

Ann Davidson continues to draw inspiration for her evolving works of art from her native Sutherland and other remote areas of the globe.

Much of his artistic work has been inspired by Sutherland’s remoteness and its stunning landscapes.

“When I studied art in London, I drew pictures of the spectacular and pristine landscapes of Sutherland because I wanted to show everyone what they looked like,” she said.

“Textile design was my subject and I put renderings of Ben Loyal and Suilven on fabric.

“My work has become abstract landscapes and for many years the land of Sutherland has been my only source of inspiration.

“However, much of my subsequent work has been based on places I have visited which are also remote and have basic landscapes, namely Iceland, Greenland, Namibia and Antarctica. “

She gave a talk last month called North and South from Sutherland in which she described her development as an artist.

Her new exhibit was born following a visit she made to Antarctica, but it still contains exhibits relating to other places, including Sutherland. Featured are collages of landscapes near Tongue and Helmsdale.

A small textured artwork by Ann Davidson
A small textured artwork by Ann Davidson “Sunset, Navidale”.

“I use bonding methods that I have developed,” Ann said. “Some of my works are made from watercolors on paper, others from acrylic stains on canvas and others from acrylic impasto on canvas.

“When I work, I think of the places whose spirit I try to evoke and I use colors that are intended to convey them. The processes I engage in are evolutionary, so the results are invariably something I wouldn’t have thought of. “

An Ann Davidson collage titled
An Ann Davidson collage titled “Sand, the Kyle of Tongue”.

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