Lauren Maclaughlin

Lauren Maclaughlin

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“Terra Incognita” Ross Brown

Ross Browns’ work explores environments where architecture and nature, order and disorder overlap. As inspiration, he uses real places that have become such a part of our everyday that tend to go unnoticed, such as motorway overpasses, billboards, industrial zones, etc. “Terra Incognita” was a term used by early cartographers to describe areas of land which remained undocumented, so in this exhibition what he has set out to find is a form of contemporary “Terra Incognita”. After exploring each space, and taking multiple photographs, he also takes a lot of interest in understanding the history of each place and intended use, but also how abandonment and time have changed these functions.

Seven of his paintings for this exhibition were made following a trip to an area colloquially known as the “Braehead Tunnels”, a void between two sections of motorway on the outskirts of Glasgow.  The other works depict surfaces found whilst walking through the city; advertising billboards, signs and hoardings surrounding building sites. The titles are sometimes straightforwardly descriptive (“Embankment”, “Overpass” etc), at other times they are taken from song lyrics (“In the Half Light”, “Subterranea”) echoing the character of the space as both functional, utilitarian infrastructure and a space that has been appropriated by a teenage subculture. 

            During his creation process he borrows as much from abstraction as he does from representation. He stays faithful to the architectural structures as they exist, but at the same time, by using a variety of chance-based paintings techniques, he is able to create a landscape in which control but also chaos rules. This way he is able to depict how the places he uses as subject matter have transitioned and been through construction but also destruction over time.

Biographical details: Ross M Brown (b. 1986) lives and works in Edinburgh. He graduated from the MFA course at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 2010.  His work has received prizes including the NS Macfarlane and Linda Clark Nolan awards from the Royal Scottish Academy (2010, 2008) and has been shortlisted for Saatchi New Sensations and the Griffin Art Prize (2010, 2012).  Recent exhibitions include “Concrete Myths” (solo show) at Lacey Contemporary, London (2015), “Demimonde” (group show) curated by Slate Projects, London (2015), and “The Margins” (solo show) at EB & Flow Gallery, London in 2012.  Ross’ work features within the University of Dundee art collection and is owned by private collectors across the UK.    


I N  T H E  M O R N I N G  I T  I S  G R E E N

J U N E 9 TH  -  27 TH

P R E V I E W S  T H U R S D A Y  J U N E  8 TH  2017 

6 - 8 PM


Arusha Gallery will present a new collection of paintings for what will be Helen Flockhart’s first solo show in Edinburgh since 1991. Flockhart has been working on this new collection for the past year drawing upon inspiration from the story of Ceres and Proserpine. 

“I became interested in the story of Ceres and Proserpine after seeing an image of Watteau's painting “Ceres". Ceres was the Roman goddess of harvest, Proserpine her adored daughter. The story goes that one day Proserpine was captured by Pluto and taken to the underworld.  It seemed if you ate in the underworld you could never leave.  It was discovered that Proserpine had finally succumbed to hunger and eaten some pomegranate seeds.  However a bargain was struck that she could leave, but only for half of every year.

When she had disappeared, crops failed and plants withered as a broken hearted Ceres searched fruitlessly for her daughter.  When Proserpine returns, plants begin to grow again, hence when she comes back to the world spring arrives, when she retreats to the underworld autumn and winter fall.  It is an ancient story constructed to make sense of the seasons, of the cycle of life, death and rebirth. In Flight, Proserpine is making her escape from the underworld.  The flowers in the background do not simulate plants which exist, they are crafted from my own imagining.  I think of them as pod like, as they grow up they ripen and burst into what could ambiguously be flower or flame. I've always found pomegranates potent both visually and symbolically.  Redolent of flesh and sinew, their essence oozes lustily from a burnished casing.  It is an almost alarmingly fecund fruit. Woven through the myth are my own meditations on youth and ageing, fertility and decay, innocence and experience, and the bond between mother and child. “ Helen Flockhart, 2017.

Helen studied painting  at Glasgow School of Art in the 1980’s and then at the State Higher School of Fine Art in Poznan, Poland. She has since made a name for herself as one of the most highly regarded painters working in Scotland today and has work in collections including Glasgow Museums, The Fleming Collection, Scottish Arts Council, and the City Arts Centre. Flockhart has been awarded several prestigious grants and awards over the span of her career, most notably she won First Prize in the Noble Grossart Award in 2000, and was awarded a grant in 1992 from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in New York. Helen is a regular exhibitor at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London as well as the Royal Glasgow Institute where she was elected a professional member in 2014. Having contributed to many group shows over the past twenty years throughout Scotland, London, New York and Canada and having had sixteen solo exhibitions, we are delighted to present In the morning it is green which will be Flockhart’s seventeenth solo show. 





MAY 5th - 30th

PREVIEW MAY 4th 6-8pm


ARUSHA GALLERY are delighted to present a new collection of paintings by London based artist, Charlotte Keates debuting at their Edinburgh gallery this May.  Sojourn is a new body of work made in response to her recent 'inspiration trip' around the United States and Canada which took place during the summer and Autumn of 2016.

‘I am trying to negotiate a space that captures a sense of stillness and peacefulness that can be achieved from a temporary experience or place; even if only for a short while. I want to attempt to trigger a feeling or memory within the viewer, it's important that they feel something; whilst documenting my own personal experiences and observations, crossing the boundaries between nostalgia and the anticipation of the unknown.

Ever-inspired by the 1960’s and 70’s classical architectural interiors; with the aesthetics of an artists working atelier, I aim to create intriguing and surprisingly illusionary interiors. The Landscape and Sea, with Swimming Pools and Birch Trees have consistently become a significant part, and over time any combination of these features are likely to play an integral role in my paintings. What is outside and surrounding us, I find exhilarating and inspiring; a beautiful location, or setting, becoming the anchor of the painting, as this exterior I allow to flood into the interior. The viewer’s own experiences and imagination play as much a part of the narrative as my own, whilst a moment or scene is composed from my imagination, the story is left entirely ambiguous to unfold as the viewer wishes it to.’ Charlotte Keates 2017.



B L A I R   M C L A U G H L I N

Depart de biscottes


April 13th - May 1st 2017

P.V. Wednesday April 12th 6-8pm

Arusha Gallery

13A Dundas Street EH3 6QG

‘Depart de biscottes,’ is a French expression for a difficult start; Biscottes is a kind of dried toast commonly eaten for breakfast; they are very fragile and tend to break easily. It can be used to explain the situation of looking at a past event from the present perspective and seeing that the task you thought was difficult was actually very easy.  

Blair’s paintings are amalgamations of meticulous research and explorations into violence, politics and philosophy. He is interested in what is our shared reality? Politically his work questions what time are we in? And if all of us in the same time? 

The paintings do not singularly operate inside the scope of violence – they are influenced heavily by the world of paint –Blair does not think in words of concepts but in images and references. Historical shifts in thought and reality can be seen in paintings of the past. Courbet’s ‘L’Origine du monde’ or Caravaggio’s ‘Judith beheading Holofernes.’ Have something to say about the past and our current present reality.

Blair has spent a few months travelling to Florence, Antwerp, Rotterdam and New York on residences and scholarships. Primarily looking at paintings from the Renaissance, and studying Dromology and the logic of speed. 

The work on show is a combination of his interest in Violence, Speed and Politics, Reality, War and Life. This is Blair’s perspective of our current shared reality. The paintings are colourful and energetic. They are relatively simple and very beautiful, but upon deeper inspection the undertones of violence and tragedy shimmer through. The paint is delicious and precarious. An innocent girl placing her hand into Pandora’s box is juxtaposed next to a horse subsuming to something more serious.

About the Artist:

Scottish born Blair McLaughlin studied his BA (Hons) Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design with an erasmus exchange École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Nantes Métropole, graduating in 2014. He then went on to study his MLitt Fine Art Practice in Drawing at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 2016. Between 2014 and 2017, Blair has been the recipient of several residencies and awards, most recently he has travelled to Florence with the RSA John Kinross Travel Scholarship and to Antwerp and Brittany with the Locality Residency. Blair has also become the recipient of the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant 2017

About the Gallery:

Founded in 2013, Arusha Gallery has its permanent premises in Dundas Street Edinburgh where it presents a yearly programme of exhibitions from emerging and mid-career artists working both in Scotland as well as Internationally. In addition to regular solo and group exhibitions, the gallery also presents pop up exhibitions and presentations at art fairs in the UK and Europe. 

About the Exhibition:

Artist: Blair McLaughlin

Dates: April 13th - May 1st 2017. Private View: Wednesday April 12th 6-8pm

Address: Arusha Gallery. 13A Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QG

Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 1pm - 5pm

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London born and now based in LA, Tahnee Lonsdale's vibrant paintings resonate as an exploration of the reality of existence, to love, to feel emotion and to be part of something greater than ourselves. Lonsdale's impressive CV includes recent exhibitions such as 'Fresh Faces' at Saatchi Art LA, 'De Buck' at Miami Basel and 'Continental Shift' at the Saatchi Gallery London. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including The Telegraph, The NY Times, Aesthetica Magazine and the Financial Times.



;a devotee of love, especially sexual love. 

MARCH 10th - 30th 2017



THE AMORIST brings together eleven artists whose work explores themes relating to love, sexuality, and the tensions between personal and constructed femininity. The show pairs together subtle and delicate explorations on paper and cloth, with those of a more challenging nature as a means of interpreting the spaces between innocence and power.





November 23rd - December 11th

Private Views: Tuesday 22nd November at Alex Eagle Studio London & Tuesday 29th November at Leyden Gallery London.

We are delighted to be presenting a solo show of new work by Ilona Szalay which will make its debut in London this month in collaboration with Alex Eagle Studio and Leyden Gallery. Szalay's new works retain her frequent feminine subject matter, here seen as archetypes; warriors, gods and children, but rendered with a timeless and eerie poetic intimecy. Her passion for the touch of the paint is clear, the figures rendered with gorgeous sweeps, drops, delicate touches, the unfinished, flowing style evoking skill and confidence. 

The large works on wood panels are a departure for Szalay. Rendered in the pose of Gainsborough portraits, these five full length sillouettes or white 'ghosts' stand proudly and facing front. Faces are undetermined. Free and flowing, pooling strokes of white oil define form with real weight and power and the classical poses and magnified scale of these bodies communicate a heroic and majestic strength. 

 In the smaller works, Ilona's skill as a storyteller is clear. Vignettes of groups and interiors call to mind the narratives of Sickert, with their intimate and mysterious interpersonal dramas. Are they cathartic visual diaries or fairy tales? They are props, indicators, clues to these confidential stories of magic and wonder. The viewer is invited to peer behind the curtain of these minature performances. 


ALEX EAGLE STUDIO, 6-10 LEXINGTON STREET, LONDON W1F OLB  -  P.V. Tuesday 22nd November  6-9pm. 'In-conversation' event Thursday 24th at 7pm. Show Runs 23rd - 27th November 11am - 7pm (Sunday 12 - 6pm)

LEYDEN GALLERY, 9 LEYDEN STREET, LONDON E1 7LE  -  P.V. Tuesday 29th November 6-9pm.  'In-conversation' event; Thursday 1st December at 7pm. Show runs 30th November - 11th December, 11am - 7pm.



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    We are currently working on our new website, hence the silence. For any news, upcoming exhibitions and available works please visit our artsy page:  
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    For more information about Ed Burkes' work please call This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0131 557 1412  
  • Terra Incognita // Ross Brown
    “Terra Incognita” Ross Brown Ross Browns’ work explores environments where architecture and nature, order and disorder overlap. As inspiration, he uses real places that have become such a part of our everyday that tend to go unnoticed, such as motorway…