Christine Woodside RSW RGI
A leader of the diverse school of contemporary Scottish art, Christine Woodside has gained acclaim for her distinctive style of landscape painting. Her exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery includes recent paintings depicting the surrounding countryside to her home in Fife and paintings influenced by her travels abroad. Developing on the rich palette, representational naivety and textural gesture of the Scottish Colourists, Woodside portrays the Scottish countryside with a delicate attention to the ever-changing weather and seasons. Also taking influence from further afield, the bright colours and textural interplay of her work derives from her early travels in North Africa. Woodside’s work is often filled with joyous optimism, revelling in the form and colour of the landscape.
Woodside studied fine art at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, graduating in 1963. In 1966 she won the David Murray Scholarship for Landscape painting and in 1968 the Hospitalfield Scholarship. She continued to paint in watercolour whilst bringing up her young family in the 1970s and 80s. In 1993 she was elected member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, and in 1995 she won the Teachers Whisky Travel Scholarship at the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts. This major award allowed her to visit North Africa, which was to have a significant influence on her work in subsequent years. She has exhibited regularly since 1996 in Edinburgh and London and in 1999 she was elected as a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art. Her work is held in public and private collections in the UK.