EVENTYR: Imagine

2012-620-19

Garthdee House was designed by William Smith II in 1872, for John Moir Clark, a successful Aberdeen businessman who was a pioneer in the canning and curing business.

In 1953 Thomas Scott Sutherland (1899–1963) bought the 20 acre Garthdee estate and lived in Garthdee House.

Scott Sutherland was an Aberdeen School of Architecture graduate, who became an architect and entrepreneur and gifted his Garthdee estate to Robert Gordons Institute of Technology in 1953.  He also funded the building of  a new School of Architecture. Scott Sutherland vacated the house in 1955 and an addition extending to the east of the house along the existing terrace was added by Scott Sutherland at a net cost of £95,000. The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture was formally opened on 24 May 1957, by Thomas Galbraith, Lord Strathclyde, Minister of State at the Scottish Office.

Imagine living in a house like this…

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Feline Gold oil on canvas by Caroline Heller Boon 1984

Feline Gold by Caroline Heller Boon.

At the time this painting was created the artist had just acquired a kitten and the artist always used personal items as inspiration in her work and she still does.

Even a jumper from a factory seconds Benneton shop plays its part in the composition.

Caroline recently told us that when she created the composition she had been experimenting with various characters, narratives objects, rich tones and vibrant colours.

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Celebrating this Art UK day of Cats with Richard Insh’s oil on canvas Egypt

An exotic location for this cat sitting in the corner staring, having turned its back to the wonderful view of the Great Pyramid.

Perhaps the cats name is Egypt.  We cannot help feeling this cat is a bit catatonic….

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Epic is the only way we can describe this painting by Alexander (Sandy) Fraser RSA.  A masterpiece in composition, tone and colour, Fraser entertains and engages us.  It is one of many great works he leaves for us to cherish and enjoy.  Imagination and spirit lives on.

Family Gathering was painted in 2002 and it is truly wonderful to know that it is in Aberdeen City and is held in the Grampian Hospital Arts Trust collection.

In this case Family is complete with the presence of many animals and includes the neighbours cat Tigger.

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