A new art exhibition opening tomorrow (Thursday) is to bring a touch of the Orient to His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen.
By Scots artist Jean Hall, the exhibition entitled Oriental in the theatre’s Dress Circle Bar, is being staged by the charity organisation Grampian Hospitals Art Trust (GHAT) in partnership with Aberdeen Performing Arts.
While studying painting and ceramics at Edinburgh College of Art, Jean developed an interest in Japanese design and its impact on all aspects of life from architecture through to cookery, clothing and gardening.
She worked as an art and design lecturer in a West Lothian College, Lauder College and Telford College before returning to painting full time in 2005.
“I have always been interested in the quiet, meditative qualities of Eastern philosophies; this has led to considerable, in-depth study over the years,” said Jean. “This study continues to confirm a preference for the still and formal in painting.
“The spiritual aspects of Indian and Japanese art and design are a constant source of inspiration for me. Because Japanese design was generally based on nature, stylised forms of plants, animals, trees, flowers, and even elements like wind and rain, there is an inherent stillness in the forms used within the design of pottery, fabrics, clothes and gardens, and in the composition and design of living spaces.
“I am interested in representing this stillness in my paintings. The combination of simplicity of line and composition with sometimes extravagant colour and pattern is one that will always provide inspiration for me.”
The exhibition will be official opened with a private viewing tonight (Wednesday) and will run from tomorrow (Thursday) until Friday, October 2014 and can be accessed during theatre opening hours.
Grampian Hospitals Art Trust Executive Director Sally Thomson said: “This partnership in such a central Aberdeen location is a great way to showcase the work that GHAT does within the healthcare facilities of the North-east’
“It is our dream to help create a welcoming healing environment for all who come to use NHS Grampian facilities regardless of age or medical condition.”
GHAT has been involved in arts projects across NHS Grampian for the last 30 years, from its collection of original artwork on hospital walls to specially commissioned work for places such as the Royal Aberdeen Childrens’ Hospital, Royal Cornhill Hospital and Aberdeen Dental School.
In recent years GHAT has set up Artroom projects in Woodend Hospital and Roxburghe House and has built The Suttie Arts Space at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, which will be opened later this year.
GHAT’s work is recognised by NHS Grampian as an important element of our high-quality healthcare environment. Feedback from staff, visitors and patients reflect the positive outcomes, with many commenting on how their work creates a distinctive tone to our local hospitals and clinics.
Any funds raised by will contribute to the success of all Grampian Hospitals Art Trust projects across Grampian and Moray.