The second exhibition by the Animus ~ Art
for the World Soul artists collective was held
throughout July, 2016, at the Hub in Eskdalemuir.
Contributing artists were:
Catkin Sidhu (now Catkin Van Hoppe)
By popular demand, the second Animus
unfolded surprisingly soon, and comprised
an intimate group of four, which gave us all
room to really spread out into the space.
This show saw Fergus unveiling his first painting
on the theme of Merlin. Of which plenty more later…
but it should at least be said here that a growing body
of historical evidence sees the Merlin of myth and legend
as a real man, also known as Myrddn and Lailoken: a
man firmly based around here in Southern
Scotland and not away down South.
Merlin by Fergus Hall
Catkin also moved into a bold new direction,
adding gouache and gold to the gentle, interconnected
man whose unfinished body formed the centre of
the first Animus poster two months earlier:
Here he is evolving ~ I love seeing art come
to life ~ and here's Catkin's insightful blog about
the process from which the pictures were taken.
Bee Man by Catkin Van Hoppe
Sam brought more playful juxtapositions
from the warm, tactile tree realm:
…and I shared my recently re-ignited
love affair with glass, illuminated so that
its light doesn't disappear as the sun goes down.
Awakening by Shen
Fergus, me, Julie MacLeod & Molly.
Fergus's partner as well as a poet. Julie's
work, inscribed on Fergus's paintings,
was part of the third Animus show.
Portraits by Seth Gardner of Red Snappa, Cathy & Sam being away that day…