Private View: The Patron Saint of Dogs - Thomas MacGregor @ The Palm Tree Gallery
The Palm Tree Gallery are thrilled to present ‘The Patron Saint of Dogs’, a solo exhibition showcasing here for the first time Scottish artist Thomas MacGregor.
T.D.MacGregor’s figurative and pictorial style targets contemporary subjects often using thickly laid brushstrokes and watery shadows to capture attitude and posture in high colour. With symbols and talisman, his work suggests a mythical aspect to everyday life.
After graduating from Edinburgh College of Art with a Drawing and Painting degree, he took up a long term residency in Edinburgh’s ‘The Stand Comedy Club’ culminating in a series of comedian portraits, including Frankie Boyle, Johnny Vegas and Simon Munnery and the omnipresent ‘Stand Cowboy’. Thomas continued to work as a portrait painter and during this time held a part time position lecturing in art at HMP Edinburgh.
It seems clear that the prison environment helped to feed some of the social realism within MacGregor’s figurative style which also draws heavily on the Weimar artists such as Beckman, Dix, Grosz and the looming presence of Philip Guston and Paula Rego.
Thomas Left Scotland for a residency in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He had three solo shows whilst there in what turned out to be an incredibly vibrant and exciting working environment. This exhibition groups together some of his Bolivian work alongside more recent paintings and etchings as they have transitioned into his current practice.
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