Donald Provan: Fish Tales
This exhibition of new paintings by Donald Provan looks to the shadowy world beneath the waves, rendering the textures and colours of marine life with skilled draftsmanship. Provan’s preferred medium is oil which he often applies to metallic surfaces to create iridescent sheens, reminiscent of fish scales. Exploiting his subtle aptitude for tone and colour, Provan often uses a limited palette of blues and greys. The exhibition includes large scale paintings on metal panel as well as intimately sized studies created from reused objects like paint tubes, flasks and waste metal.
Provan undertook both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (1987) at the Edinburgh College of Art. He has won the David Cargill Award and the Cuthbert Award from the Royal Glasgow Institute. He has also received grants from the Scottish Art Council and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Canada. His work is held in private and public collections including the Royal Bank of Scotland, the University of St Andrews and Edinburgh College of Art. He lives and works in Edinburgh.