afield too the architectural features ofthe Italian Renaissance and comic books. Howard is currently Head of Painting at Duncan ofJordanstone College ofArt in Dundee.

Roger Palmer— Precious Metals Until Sat 25 Apr. Photographs and text based on a trip to South Africa. Though Palmer lives and works in Nottingham. he travels to Glasgow to teach Fine Art Photography at the School of Art.

0 TRANSMISSION GALLERY l3 Chisholm Street. 552 4813. Mon-Sat Noon—6pm.

lconoclasm Tue 7—Thurs 28 Apr. Work by Malcolm Dixon who recently won a Scottish Arts Council Bursary for a video project. and Gordon Muir who was one of the participating artists in last year‘s Edinburgh Festival show ‘Artists at Work‘. Dixon creates an installation forthis exhibition and Muir tableaux. boxes and paintings.

0 TRON 38 Pamie Street. 552 4267/8. Box office Tues—Sat. Noon—10pm. Compass Gallery At the Tron Until further notice. Prints and paintings in the bar.

0 WASHINGTON GALLERY 44 Washington Street. 221 6780. Mon—Fri 10am—5pm. Sat 10am-lpm.

Nine Glasgow Artists Until 16 April. Stephen Barclay. John Byrne. Steven Campbell. Peter Howson. John Knox. Barbara Rae. James Robertson and Adrian Wiszniewski. 0 UBIOUITDUS CHIP Ashton Lane (off Byres Road).

Lesley Banks Sun 5—Sat 25 Apr. Paintings and clocks by a young artist. graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1984 and recently visited Amsterdam for four months. It is the first time she has shown her clocks on a large scale she describes some as self-indulgent and others appealing to a wide public.


O BACKROOM GALLERY Underneath the Arches, 42 London Street. 556 8329. Mon—Sat 10am—5.30pm. Gallery closed until May. Shop remains open for sale of stationery. second-hand clothes and jewellery. 0 BOURNE FINE ART4 Dundas Street. 557 4050. Mon—Fri 10am—6pm: Sat 10am—1pm. General Exhibition of British art 1800—1950 throughout March.

0 CALTON GALLERY 10 Royal Terrace. 556 1010. Mon—Fri 10am—6pm; Sat 10am—lpm.

Spring Exhibition Until summer. This is the Calton's seventh spring exhibition and this year includes work by 150 British and European artists. 1700-1940. Naturally the choice is diverse from a Crawhall canary to Nasmyth landscapes.

O CALTON STUDIO GALLERY 26 Calton Road. 556 7066. Mon-Sat 11am till late. New exhibition space within a bar/entertainment complex. opened in January with Derek McGuire Until end March.

0 CENTRAL LIBRARY George W Bridge. 225 5584. Mon—Fri 9am—9pm. Sat 9am—1pm.

0 CITY ART CENTRE 2 Market Street. 225 2424 ext 6650. Mon-Sat 10am—6pm. Sun 2—5pm. Licensed


Frultmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Gwen Hardie says ‘I Am' in the thick dark outline of a figure bent against an earth blue and a cloud of ochre colour. Details have been stripped away- even substance. Without its superficial identity the body reveals its internal forces. The human being has become a symbol for life and nature, so lost in a materialistic world.

After completing a postgraduate year at Edinburgh College of Art in 1984, Hardie left Scotland for Berlin, where she now lives and works. In the two and a half years since, her work has also travelled from the more traditional figures of lifeclass at art school, to the burning red torsos of expressionism, to heads that cut the space with a Bauhaus line. In the exhibition at the Fruitmarket, development has moved further. Her brush has been discarded fora sponge in painting the huge list, making it as soft and solid as a range of hills. And her fingers alone paint the primitive shapes of figures like ‘I Am’. Built up with pieces of paint ratherthan strokes, they have the textural quality of clay, drawing them even closerto earth and to nature.

In one painting, ‘Abandonment’, the female figure actually tips into the ground and becomes part of it. In another, ‘Alive’, the red of Hardie’s torso paintings has been deepened to a

rich red blood which flows on a cyclic journey through an exposed artery to a pulsating centre.

But these are not anatomical paintings. Their source is a more

elusive one than science. It is a search and perhaps in Hardie’s case, the discovery of what it means to be a painter, a woman and alive.

(Alice Bain)

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The Permanent Collection Until Sat 11 April. Large historic works and paintings from the Scottish Modern Arts Association‘s collection.


Last issue’s mystery illustration was a chutiing locomotive by George Wyllie, Greenock sculptor. His exhibition ‘Americana’ has its last few days of zany probing of the American identity and should be seen at all costs!

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Until Sat 2

May. A small selection of Mackintosh‘s work focusing on his outputbetween 1896 and 1916. Chairs. a table and models of interiors are included.

Bill Tidy Sat 4 Apr—Wed 13 May. Bill Tidy is a well-known contributor to Punch. Private Eye and the Daily Mirror. llis cartoons are a blend of satire and social comment with humour. much in the way British cartoonists have been doing for over two hundred years. 130 images will be on show looking at thirty years’ output.

George Drummond Fri 10 Apr—Sat 23 May. George Drummond is known as the father ofthe New Town. one of his many improvements to the city. Six times provost. he was also responsible for the founding of the Medical School. which began the reputation Edinburgh still holds in this field. This exhibition commemorates the tercentenary of Drummond‘s birth in 1687 and includes paintings. prints and documents as well as a reconstructed period room.

0 COLLECTIVE GALLERY 52—54 High Street 556 2600. Tue—Fri 12.30—5.30pm; Sat l0am—5pm. Closed Sun and Mon.

Graeme Magee Fri 3—Tue 21 Apr. A first one-person show based on the themes of anarchy and mortality.

0 DANISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE 3 Dounce Terrace. 225 7189. Mon—Fri 9am-5pm.

The Danish Show Part 2 Mon 6 Apr—Fri 8 May. A selection from the current touring exhibition of Danish artists featuring Berit Jaensen. Nina

Sten and Svend Wiig Hansen.

0 RICHARD DEMARCO GALLERY Blackfriars Church. Blackfriars Street (offiligh Street). 5570707. John Taylor Until Sat 4 April. View From the Bunker ‘These paintings. larger than usual for watercolours. are beautiful in anyone‘s sense. but they are also disquieting.‘ C.(). George Wylie—Americana Until Sat 4 Apr.

Judith Gilmour— Ceramics Until Sat 4 Apr.

0 EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART Lauriston Place. 229 931 l. Mon—Thurs 10am—8pm: Fri 10am—5pm; Sat 10am-noon.

Recent Paintings by Mary Mclver Wed l5—Sat 25 Apr.

0 EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY LIBRARY George Square. 667 1011. Mon-Fri 9am—5pm.

Decorated Papers from the Schmoller Collection Until Fri 1 May.

0 FINE ART SOCIETY 12 Great King Street. 5560305. Mon—Fri 9.30am—5.30pm. Sat 10am—lpm. Scottish Paintings 1800-1920 General exhibition throughout March.

0 FLYING COLOURS 35 William Street. 2256776f1‘ue—Fri 11am—6pm. Sat liiam—lpm. Contemporary Scottish paintings.

O FORREST MCKAY 38 Ilowe Street. 226 2589. Mon—Fri l0am-6pm. Sat l0am—1pm.

General exhibition Scottish painting from l8000nwards.

0 FRENCH INSTITUTE 13 Randolph Crescent. 225 5366. Mon—Fri 9.30am— 1 pm. 2—5.30pm.

‘Muebles' by Claude Léveque Until Fri 1 May. This young French artist first exhibited in 1982 with a piece

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