New exhibition opens at Rothesay gallery

Castle Gallery owners David and Caroline Gardner with artist Davy Brown, whose work is featured in a new exhibition, 'Ply of Light', at the High Street gallery.
Castle Gallery owners David and Caroline Gardner with artist Davy Brown, whose work is featured in a new exhibition, 'Ply of Light', at the High Street gallery.

Galloway artist Davy Brown takes centre stage at ‘Play of Light’, a new exhibition at the Castle Gallery in Rothesay – and we caught up with Davy this week to find out more about his career and inspirations.

“I’ve been involved in art all my life,” Davy told us. “I’m originally from Kilmarnock, but went to the Glasgow School of Art and held my first show in 1971 in the Citizen’s Theatre.”

It was in 1975 that Davy won a scholarship from the Institute of Cultural Affairs in Chicago, and upon his return embarked on the teaching route, while still exhibiting his own work.

In 1988, he became principal teacher of art of Douglas Ewart High School in Newton Stewart, but continued to host his one-man shows in Scotland and England.

He retired in 2002 to devote all his time and energy to painting.

Davy’s works are all oil paintings and are, for the most part, of the Galloway landscape, which, he told us, is largely unspoilt with many neolithic sites still in existence. “It’s a wild part of Scotland,” he added.

With such intricate pieces of work, we asked Davy how long it usually takes him to turn a blank canvas into a stunning painting. “It really varies,” he said, “as usually I’m working on several paintings at the same time. The trouble, I find, is knowing when you’re finished. Even a few extra brush-strokes can ruin it, then it’s wasted.”

Davy Brown’s exhibition, ‘Play of Light’ runs until September 15 at the Castle Gallery in High Street in Rothesay.