Location: South Block, 60 Osborne Street, Glasgow

STOP.START. brings together Rowena Comrie’s exuberant ‘alla prima’ paintings and Sarah Kudirka’s ‘trashed canvases’ – bold and colourful paintings made in markedly different ways.


Contemporary painters Comrie and Kudirka each show energy, spontaneity and tenacity in their mature work. They became friends while elected Council Members of the SSA (Society of Scottish Artists). Comrie’s vivid style has given her an established presence in the Scottish art scene. This is Kudirka’s first gallery show in Scotland since moving to Glasgow.


There is marked contrast in what each does with paint, but there are evident synergies in their approach to bold colour and abstraction. Comrie with her highly-considered brushstrokes and squeegee swipes attains perfect-first-time colours and exquisite balance in her large paintings. Kudirka repeatedly obliterates surfaces already made, layering and removing colours, scratching, scraping and remaking before her images are done.


While neither is solely process-driven, elements of stop.start play a part in the methodology of both.

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