Lyon & Turnbull Graduate Showcase Award 2019 – Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson was the recipient of the 2019 Lyon & Turnbull Graduate Showcase Award. As part of the award, Gary spent one week at Sweeney’s Bothy during February 2020. The award culminated with a exhibition of Gary’s work at Lyon & Turnbull’s Edinburgh saleroom that took place between 14-18 August 2020, alongside the public view of their Modern British & Contemporary Art auction.

Gary is a painter and sculptor. He graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a BA (Hons) in Painting in the summer of 2019. His work involves researching relationships with environments – urban and rural; structures and landscapes. It also encompasses social context, architectural history, belonging, sense of place and contemporary influence. In practice, this manifests as landscape painting, sculpture and illustration. A key aspect of his degree show presentation involved collaging with a group of large paintings and drawings on various surfaces. Gary’s recent work looks at the multi-layered combinations of Edinburgh’s historic skyline.

Ahead of his residency at Sweeney’s Bothy Gary said “the opportunity to experience the wilder landscape of Eigg, it’s unfamiliar territory and topography, will provide new challenges where texture and colour are natural, not man-made. Exploring Eigg’s unique geology is essentially the most exciting aspect but also to examine human occupation and its historical and present effect on the landscape.

You can read more about Gary’s residency experience here.

Lyon & Turnbull’s Graduate Showcase Award was launched in 2017 to provide an opportunity for a graduate to further their practice during the crucial twelve month period after leaving university. Lyon & Turnbull Auctioneers have an established history of supporting Scotland’s art institutions and art practitioners in the form of prizes, awards and sponsorship. Recognising how important and scarce opportunities are immediately after graduation, they were keen to expand their remit to offer a platform for emerging, early career artists. Each year, specialists Charlotte Riordan and Carly Shearer from Lyon & Turnbull’s painting department, select an undergraduate from the Edinburgh College of Art degree show. The chosen artist receives a supported residency with Bothy Project and a profile-raising exhibition at Lyon & Turnbull’s Edinburgh saleroom.

Image 1: Gary Anderson, Thoughts at Sea (Duncan Campbell), oil on canvas, 93×84 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Image 2: Gary Anderson, Singing Sands, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.
Image 3: Gary Anderson, Winter is finally upon us (said the man with the wee Westie), oil on panel, 100 x 100 cm. Courtesy of the artist.