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My studio is based at the picturesque Harbourside in Irvine, situated in an almost hidden courtyard setting next to the Harbour Arts Centre and The Ship Inn. There are a variety of other artists working in the courtyard studios with most studios open on a daily basis.

I work as a professional landscape artist and tutor and have received many awards and accolades for my work, which is held in a number of private and public collections throughout the world. 

 

I am particularly inspired by my journeys through the Highlands and Islands and in particular, my intimate connections with the Uists in the Outer Hebrides. With my family history intrinsically entwined with that of South Uist, my art is an evocation and interpretation of the Gaelic rhythms of my native island. Generations on both sides have been shaped by island life, as well as making their own mark on the character of South Uist. Subsequently, many years spent visiting have only served to further strengthen these strong bonds. An unconscious absorption of the history, culture and environment of the chain of islands that make up the Outer Hebrides has proved integral to my art. A subsequent lifelong fascination with the crofting lifestyle, the environment and its resilient people, allied to my instinctive awareness, appreciation and understanding of the Hebridean landscape, has shaped my very distinctive artistic voice. 

 

Exhibitions

McTears Contemporary Fine Art Auctions, Glasgow  

Uist Arts Association - Summer 2023    

The Highland Art Prize (Royal National MOD 2023)       

Colourful Expressions - House for an Art Lover

(20/21)

Imprint - The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool (2018)

The Lighthouse,Glasgow - Children's Hospital

House for an Art Lover – Tir an Eorna (2013)

Paisley Art Institute, Paisley

WASPS Open Studios, Harbourside, Irvine

Atholl Gallery, Dunkeld

The Lime Tree Gallery, Fort William

The Schoolhouse, Dornie

Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist

Art on the Map, Isle of South Uist

MacMillan Cancer Support Art Show

Save the Children, Rozelle Galleries, Alloway, Ayr

Art off the Square, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire

North Ayrshire Open Art Exhibition, Eglinton Park, Irvine

Portencross Art Exhibition, Ayrshire

 

Notables:

Uist Art Association, Taigh Chearsabhagh: Treasurer (2023 -

An Lanntair, Steòrnabhagh - Wild Landscapes 2023

Paisley Art Institute, House for an Art Lover Award (2012)

Irvine Rotary Club Award (2009)

Work held in private and public collections in United Kingdom, Europe and Overseas.

Paisley Art Institute - Award winner 2012

Paisley Art Institute, Vice-President 2014/15

Paisley Art Institute, Honorary Treasurer 2011/14

House for an Art Lover –  Masterclasses 2017 - 2020

Mid Auchengowan Farm, Lochwinnoch - Art Retreat

Summerlee Heritage Centre - N Lanarkshire

Troon Art Club – Demonstration with Inks, Charcoal and Pastels

North Ayrshire Art Club – Demonstration of Expressive Mark-Making Techniques

Fairlie Art Club – Workshop - Making Collage Papers

Brookfield Art Club, Renfrewshire

 

WASPS Studios, Studio L, Courtyard Studios, 128 Harbour Street, Irvine, Ayrshire. KA12 8PZ

Email: maybyrne@yahoo.com