EXHIBITIONS

  • Hebrides Gannet J McLaren 2021
  • Bla Bheinn across Loch Eishort  J McLaren 2021
  • Hebrides Fulmar J McLaren 2021
  • Looking north west, Obinan J McLaren 2021
  • Seilibost J McLaren 2021

NATURE'S CONTOURS-CASTLE GALLERY INVERNESS                     3rd to 25th September 2021

   View the exhibition-CASTLE GALLERY WEBSITE

This collection of new work represents a longing for places I intended to revisit before all my painting trips and the original planned exhibition were cancelled due to the pandemic, and also for the birds I didn't see but began to paint during lockdown. 

I habitually return to the same places over years forming a strong attachment to them, a relationship with none of the human chatter. The work attempts to  share the inherent energy, a kind of strength I see and feel in their company. I'm completely enthralled by their indifference. My aim isn't to capture the perfect moment of light on the landscape - it's more like a gathering of time spent mapping a locality, laying down all the weathers in a bird's eye or a single sky.

GALLERIES

 Galleries will have covid 19 related guidelines in place to keep you safewhen they re open, they are also open on line and will post work out to you.

THE CASTLE GALLERY, Inverness  main website-   http://www.castlegallery.co.uk/ 

                         on line shop- https://shop.castlegallery.co.uk/collections/jenny-mclaren

 

NORTHERN LIGHTS GALLERY, Keswick northernlightsgallery.co.uk

 

PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS

A BIRD'S EYE VIEW Northern Lights Gallery, Keswick August 15th to September 13th 2020

This body of work is a departure from my preferred method of creating paintings. Usually I would spend time walking for miles in and around the lakes and fells, looking, sketching, taking notes, photographs and feeling how it is to be in that place. The pandemic and subsequent lockdown changed all that I had been planning, and an injury to my foot kept me from the fells as lockdown eased. Confined to home, I decided to explore the area around Keswick remotely- by Google Earth and the OS Map app, using the 3D images of the landscape from my computer screen as a source for my paintings. I hoped my memory of light, weather and the seasons- how they dress a landscape, could give life to the places I have yet to explore. The gallery is continuing to exhibit the work after the exhibition ends.

Gallery Interior

Fleetwith Pike (SOLD)

Cat Bells (SOLD)

Helvellyn (SOLD)

TRACING CONTOURS

Brewery Arts Centre, Warehouse Cafe, Kendal, in association with Kendal Mountain Festival 9th November to 25th January 2019

The work in “Tracing Contours” is a collection of the various landscapes I walked through and explored between June and October 2018, the months leading up to the exhibition. Walking is central to my art practice; it builds a strong connection with the landscape I’m travelling in, enabling me to feel the energy and atmosphere of a place.I feel an affinity for remote and wild landscapes especially where mountains and bodies of water come together. I usually walk alone so my whole attention can be devoted to my surroundings and I’ve come to think of the walks as a form of circumambulation. I choose paths that take me around the mountain and through passes, routes that let me see a mountain’s shape from a distance and from various directions. The paintings are a compression of the moments and hours spent there. Most of the works made for “Tracing Contours” are painted on old OS maps. I enjoy the challenge of working with the colour, texture and marks that come with use and age. The maps also bring another connection to the place, perhaps having been carried there by someone and used to navigate many years ago. There are 17 paintings in the collection, some from Scotland and others from the Lake District. There are more that I am still carrying in my mind that I hope to add to the collection.....  I am delighted the exhibition came about in association with the Kendal Mountain Festival enabling me to contribute to the Mountain Literature Festivals aim of connecting people,places,nature and art. You can find their website here  Please continue scrolling down to see all the paintings in "Tracing Contours" and use the contact me/gallery link to make a purchase enquiry.. 

The deep gills, Lingmell Beck

image size 28x28cm 

frame size 54x54cm

£540 framed

contact northern lights gallery 

Springkling Tarn and Great End

image size 20x20cm 

frame size 44x44cm

SOLD

Wast Water from Whin Rigg

image size 20x20cm 

frame size 44x44cm

SOLD 

Towards Assynt from Achiltiebuie

image size 20x20cm 

frame size 44x44cm

SOLD

 

Loch na Keal, Isle of Mull

image size 20x20cm 

frame size 44x44cm

SOLD

 

First snow showers on Helvellyn

image size 28x28cm 

frame size 54x54cm

SOLD

 

Helveyllyn from Place Fell

image size 20x20cm 

frame size 44x44cm

SOLD

Helvellyn in the clouds

image size 20x20cm 

frame size 44x44cm

SOLD