Monthly Archives: September 2015

Gaelle Desmet Exhibition

From 28th September to 4th October, The Stand Gallery is proud to host the exhibition of French artist Gaelle Desmet entitled; ‘The Life’. This exhibition will display thirty of Gaelle’s works produced in 2013-14, Toulouse, which represent the artist’s emotions associated with waiting for a child in a very personal and intimate way. She expresses these feelings through geometric shape and colour and aims to produce within the viewer a similar emotional response. The central theme underlining each work featured in this exhibition is, quite simply, ‘life’.

Gaelle’s artistic interest originated at a young age when drawing in notebooks at school. Art represents freedom of expression for the artist, who graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Dunkirk where she studied art history as well as printmaking and drawing.

TABLEAU LONDRES LA DAME A LUNETTEParticularly taken by the Cubist movement, Gaelle produced numerous landscape paintings incorporating geometric shapes and lines in an abstract fashion. In this specific exhibition, Gaelle has taken her inspiration from her experience during pregnancy and as a mother, with each painting bearing an emotion felt before and after the birth of her son. She tends to draw a lot of children’s paintings and works in connection to the theme of children in a more general sense, with influence from basic sketches and colouring books.


In the gallery space, the artist will further organise a children’s area in which tables will be placed at their own level in order for them to admire the works of art surrounding them. This feature works in conjunction with the added display of work from the artist’s own son, allowing child spectators to not only observe an artist’s work, but the art of another child too.

“Art is the freedom of making an emotion visible by giving free rein to your creativity.” – Gaelle Desmet

‘The Life’ will be on view at The Strand Gallery from 11-6pm each day of the week from 28th September to 4th October. For more information on the artist and her work please visit


Clive McDonnell Photographic Exhibition

From 22nd-26th September, The Strand Gallery is proud to host the photographic exhibition of internationally renowned landscape architect and artist Clive McDonnell.

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Clive has worked on a numerous major design projects throughout the UK, Europe, the Caribbean and even as far as Australia. Most notably, Clive contributed to the detailed planting design for Disneyland Paris’s main park as well as the River Torrens Linear Park in South Australia, of which he designed over 3 kilometers of space.

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Paired with his training in landscape design, Clive further retains a great interest in ecology and natural surroundings, which subsequently fuelled the subject matter of his work. The artist’s empathy with the environment is strongly evident in his photography on display in this unique exhibition, featuring landscapes from often remote and beautiful locations. These settings stem from Clive’s passion for fly fishing in Australia, where he travels every winter to capture these stunning photographic images.

Clive McDonnell’s photographic exhibition will be held at The Strand Gallery from 22nd-26th September 2015, 11-6pm daily – it’s definitely not one to miss.

Hilary James McLaren Tipping ‘The Great Experiment of Modern Art’

Opening to the public on 16th September at The Strand Gallery, Hilary Tipping ‘The Great Experiment of Modern Art’.

Hilary James McLaren Tipping was born in Dumfries, Scotland on the 8th January 1954, the grandson of the Scottish sculptor Robert Henderson. He has been painting since the age of four when he threw a tantrum and demanded paper, paints and brushes. His first work was a self-portrait. At 18 he went to Art School in Glasgow to study Fine Art. At Scotus Academy, Edinburgh, Richard De Marco tutored him in painting and drawing.

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Hilary’s interest in painting developed towards abstract and he devoured the visual feast of Malevich, Klee, Delaunay, Whistler, Matisse, Man Ray, Monet, Pollock, Rothko, Kline, Newman and Picabia.

Hilary’s obsession in the plasticity of texture led him to conduct experiments in oil, paint layering and its viscosity. He uses the force of gravity to shape the flow of the drying canvass. He is much defined in his use of his texture and the structural surface and reaction of paint flow. Hilary is inspired through the actual act of the ‘doing’ of painting.

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Hilary’s obsession in the plasticity of texture led him to conduct experiments in oil, paint layering and its viscosity. He uses the force of gravity to shape the flow of the drying canvass. He is much defined in his use of his texture and the structural surface and reaction of paint flow. Hilary is inspired through the actual act of the ‘doing’ of painting.

‘My paintings are instinctive and do not follow line or form but colour. Television and music videos have been central to my life and I employ the same tactics to assimilate and edit my demons. We see inside the head, in the mind, not with our eyes. Our sight is based on light and the images we see are encased and wrapped in our preconceptions. My life has been chaotic and fun; my shorthand instilled in my art represents feelings not figurative representations. This therapy cleanses the mind and clears out the daily intrusions that fill our brains. I unwrap the human psyche.”

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“Memories are inspiring and the subconscious mind has the controlling hand. The energy of my works is straight from the baggage of life and its turmoil. Abstract expressionism is often misunderstood; my paintings are created and formed by the hidden past revealed drop by drop. You will find meaning in my art by looking at it and not by wondering what it might be about or what it is. It is there inside you, just look.”


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Hilary’s other influences are film, television and the music video. His interest in these subjects led him to establish a career in the visual arts. He has worked as a producer on music videos with: Grace Jones, Adam Ant, Elton John, Sex Pistols, The Cure, Police, Rod Stewart, Japan, Ozzy Osbourne, Bonnie Tyler, New Order, Average White Band, Olivia Newton John, Charles Aznavour, John Waite, Leo Sayer, Marc Bolan, Hot Chocolate, The Supremes, Air Supply, Billy Ocean, Queen and many others.

On the night of September 13th 1980 on board the party boat the SS Peking, New York, Hilary saw Andy Warhol. Hilary introduced himself and blurted out he had always wanted to meet him. Andy replied “…and I’ve always wanted to meet you…Hilary.”


‘The Great Experiment of Modern Art’ will be showing at The Strand Gallery from 16th-20th September 2015, 11am – 6pm. More work can be seen at

All Images © Hilary James McLaren Tipping.