Originally from Northern Ireland and now living and working in the West Midlands, Colin makes regular trips up to Scotland to capture its scenery and dramatise the textured poetry of the landscape in his art.
Colin says, “I regularly travel to Scotland, where I find the high drama of the Scottish Coast, a constant source of influence for my paintings. There's a challenge involved in my work. With every canvas I attempt, I am searching for something. Beyond simply looking at my paintings and gaining an aesthetic pleasure, I do think it's important that they offer up space for thought"
The strengths of his canvases lie in their versatile response to nature as he grapples with the relationship between memory, place and emotion. His work challenges our assumptions of the landscape and returns us to a new sense of engagement, both spiritual and practical, with our surroundings. His triptychs in particular, add that extra panoramic dimension to the image.
Colin explains, “People often value paintings of a place they have visited because they need to feel a connection with it and what to be reminded of where they have been. Lots of people have a longing to be by the sea, experiencing the freedom of being by the coast, the sounds, the smells, the sensation of being healthy and alive. I want my landscapes to share in that sensation”.
To view the work by Colin Carruthers at Artery Gallery, log on to www.arteryuk.com or visit Artery Gallery in St Andrews or Crieff.
Birmingham’s Arts and Business Awards recently approached Colin and in conjunction with the Sky Arts television channel, have made one of his images available for download. For your free desktop wallpaper of Colin's 'Flowers on the Gauldrons' painting, click here: http://www.skyarts.co.uk/skyarts/30th-arts-and-business-awards-downloads/