The Bones of the Highlands in Glass & Bronze

  • Published on: 3rd August 2017
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The Bones of the Highlands in Glass & Bronze

Dùchas is Dualchas : Instinct & Heritage  – Shaun Fraser

5 August – 16 September

Having graduated from the Royal College of Art this year, Inverness-born artist Shaun Fraser opens his first solo exhibition at An Lanntair, Stornoway, with the opening on Friday 4 August at 5pm, and then running until 16 September.

Primarily a glass artist, his work comments on notions of connection, identity and belonging, and references the raw, emotive, elemental landscape of his native Highlands and Islands.  It is a powerful statement of intent.

Key exhibits are a series of glass and bronze casts of peats from Lewis moorland originals along with screen-prints and two components of his ‘Atlantic Series’: a set each of Canadian Moose and Scottish Red Deer antlers cast in glass.

Sheep skulls in glass offer testament to Highland history while two films over the Atlantic – from Nova Scotia towards Scotland and from Uig towards West – reference connection, emigration and the Gaelic diaspora.

Much of the work follows on from his period as Suileachan Artist-In- Residence in Uig in Lewis in 2016.

Head of Visual Art at An Lanntair, Roddy Murray, said “It’s always exciting to be able to transition young artists that have excelled through the Art School system to a wider audience and to help showcase and launch them in their practice.  Shaun’s work combines a profound understanding of Highland history with innovative and elevated technical standards.  It is both elemental and subtle.”

Glass Casting workshop with Shaun Fraser

During his exhibition,  Shaun will host a basic introduction to the glass casting process.  Over the course of two afternoons you will use clay, gelflex and wax to produce a mould for casting a glass tile.   Bring with you natural objects (eg stones, some tree bark or a pine cone etc) to cast.  The Workshop will run on Mon 11th + Tues 12thSeptember, 1 – 5pm  and costs £65 / £55 concession and members