Marj Bond RSW RGI
A retrospective exhibition of Marj Bond’s diverse career, timed to coincide with the release with a long overdue monograph on her work.
Symbolic, vibrant and evocative, Marj Bond’s rich, textured landscapes and striking depictions of icons and deities draw on the heritage of the places to which she has travelled and the people whom she has met. The exhibition features well known pieces alongside previously unseen work by the celebrated Scottish artist. Many of the works included in the exhibition feature in Martine Foltier Pugh’s monograph, published by Sansom and Company.
Traversing the breadth of Bond’s 50-year career, the exhibition brings to light the kaleidoscopic reach of the artist’s influences gathered during her extensive travels. It traces her artistic development, from her early experimental work to her more recent mixed media studies. Bond uses rich colour, bold lines and linear shape to evocative effect, looking to the Scottish school of naïve art as well as non-Western ancient art. Despite the variety of influences and subjects woven into Bond’s practice, the balance between figuration and abstraction is constantly important to her work. Renowned for her use of vibrant pigments and handmade paper, Bond’s legacy is reflected in the influence she holds over the current generation of young Scottish artists.
Featuring over 100 illustrations, Martine Foltier Pugh’s monograph positions Bond’s travels to be the sources of inspiration for her work from the 1960s to now. This rigorously researched study draws on hours of interviews with the artist and unrestricted access to her archives and studio.
Bond studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art before taking up teaching positions in the Outer Hebrides, Inverness and Perth. She travelled widely after graduation to Italy, India, Morocco, Spain and South America. Bond has exhibited regularly in the UK and abroad and has won many awards including the Anne Redpath Award, the Mondiale D’Estampes Etching Award and the Tyne Scholarship from the English Speaking Union. Her works are found in many public and private collections including the University of Edinburgh Collection, and the Perth Museum and Art Gallery.
Marj Bond will be signing copies of her newly released book on Saturday 1st April, 12-1pm.