The latest Grampian Hospitals Art Trust exhibition in His Majesty’s Theatre’s Dress Circle Bar, which opens on Monday, August 31 for 13 weeks, is ‘Curious Creations’ by local artist Doug Prosser.
The work in Curious Creations was developed, during a period of insomnia, from pen and ink drawings created in bed between two and five o’clock in the morning. Doug then turned these original drawing into a series of vibrant digital prints.
Doug says ‘Initially a painter of traditional landscapes, I moved onto what I, somewhat pretentiously, regarded as a crossover between abstraction and realism. The separations in the image were designed to emphasise that first and, hopefully, enhance the second. This exhibition has however moved, perhaps, more into the realms of surrealism’
Doug left Gray’s School of Art of Art in the late 1960’s, and over the next 30 years taught in various academies in the North East of Scotland. He left the teaching profession to concentrate on developing his own practice, which has led to several successful one man and joint exhibitions. Doug’s work is now represented in many private collections throughout the world.
Grampian Hospitals Art Trust (GHAT) works in partnership with Aberdeen Performing Arts to organise and curate a programme of 4 exhibitions a year in HMT’s Dress Circle Bar. The trust was set up 30 years ago with 100 artworks to incorporate artwork into the hospital environment. It now holds 4300 works in its collection, the largest in a healthcare setting in the country, and rotates them among 115 sites in the north east. GHAT also runs 3 exhibition spaces and 4 ArtRoom projects, making it a significant employer and supporter of artists from the North East and further afield.
Doug has generously donated his profits from this exhibition to the charity Give A Greyhound A Home http://www.gagah.co.uk/. The exhibition will be on show at HMT’s Dress circle Bar from September 1 to November 29.