This exhibition by Alan Shipway showed recent paintings alongside delicate works on paper - small improvised collages that provide his first inspiration for the larger works on canvas. Shipway makes paintings that have a simple rigour, a clarity, and a great economy of means. They are essentially abstract, yet tied to a kind of realism by small facts: some having oblique reference to forms in the natural world, others deal with his idea of what constitutes the essentials of painting.
Alan Shipway was born in Edinburgh in 1956 and studied at Edinburgh University and St Martins School of Art, London. Solo exhibitions include The Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, 1984; The Minories, Colchester, 1985; 369 Gallery, Edinburgh, 1991 and the Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, 2002. Work was most recently shown at the John Moores 23 in the Liverpool Biennial.