John Paul Reine

Raine entered Gray’s School of Art as a mature student and when he left took on a number of different jobs, including teaching posts at Aberdeen College and Gray’s, whilst continuing to make work and exhibit throughout Scotland.

Raine’s work is characterised by its realist depiction of the still life, usually involving flowers or his signature teapots.

You can find more of Raine’s work at the Bute Gallery – come in and browse some of his unusual teapot pieces.


Hanging your Art Like a Pro…

We all have pictures of some kind on our walls, but do we know how to hang them properly?  Some of us may just jam a nail in the wall, cock our heads, straighten the picture and say ‘job done’.  But when it comes to pieces we really care about, we want them to look just right.  You might want to create a vignette – an area with a few pieces put together, with perhaps some other decor tying in to a theme, or perhaps you have one great piece that you want to be a focal point of the room.  Whatever your preferences, here are some tips to getting your artwork looking the best it can.

1. Hang it at eye-level

We are of course all different heights, but many feel the need to hang a picture ‘out of the way’ or at a height where only giants can appreciate it.  Your art is there to bring you joy so find a height where you can look at it and pass it by with the piece still in your peripheral vision.

2. Make patterns

When we hang a collection of pictures together, it’s easy to think it’s enough to just have them all at the same top line height.  Not so!  Our brains love patterns – it makes us feel that we are making sense of the world.  Even if you decide to have all different types of pictures in a collection, make sure that they are all the same distance from each other and match each other on at least one line.  It could the bottom or the top, or even a direct diagonal if you are placing another piece around it.  Different heights make a collection of artworks interesting, but the difference between a cleverly placed cluster is that there appears to be a lot of thought and reason behind the placing of each piece.

3. Start from off-centre

We all instinctively look to the middle of the wall for placing a picture.  However, with the same logic in mind as above, by starting at the side of a wall, you create more a thoughtful ensemble of artworks.  If it’s well done, you won’t instantly be able to tell which was the first picture placed.

4. Be daring!

Pictures are often placed where we think they should be.  It might come from a lifetime of seeing pictures placed in a traditionally symmetrical and boring way.  However, place an artwork in an unusual place and the interest it creates aesthetically will increase significantly.  You might also want to root around the charity shops to find some unusual looking frames, which can create a whole new feel for a piece you may have had for a long time.

Remember too that not all wall-hangings are art, and not all framed art has to go on a wall.  You can have pictures aligned along a small shelf, or ornaments cleverly affixed to a wall to create a further point of interest.

The art you buy may show your preferences or even some of your personality, but how you display them can say just as much!

A Family Affair! Emma S and James S Davis, Father and Daughter Exhibition

Emma S Davis and her father James S Davis are looking forward to their forthcoming exhibition at The Bute Gallery.

This will be the first time they have had an exhibition with just the two of them. This year marks Emma’s 20th year since graduating from Glasgow School of Art so it is a lovely way to celebrate this with her Dad, who was her teacher for many years and her biggest influence in her early years.

Their first joint connection to Bute was when James painted Emma at Kingarth when she was 3. The large oil titled ‘Emma at Kingarth’ was exhibited in Edinburgh and was purchased by the Duke of Edinburgh for the Royal collection. 

‘It’s lovely seeing us both in our studios working towards the same exhibition. Looking forward to seeing it all come  together in the fabulous Bute Gallery. We have both painted on the island and we look forward to sharing Bute through our eyes’ 

The exhibition will launch on Friday 31st August at 7pm.  Come along and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with us at The Bute Gallery where you can meet the artists and peruse their work.

Wildlife Quiz :

…What Bird is resident in Rothesay for only one month this year?  Stanley Bird – or at least his amazing exhibition of animals here at the Bute Gallery! The artist’s creatures ‘pop’ out of their unusual backgrounds with such attention that they demand a closer look.

Whilst Stanley’s dogs have been incredibly popular for their whimsical portraits, other pieces – such as his Stag in a Damask background – have a regal feel to them which would add grandure to any fireplace.

The Bute Gallery has a wide range of artworks, as well as affordable and designer jewellery and accessories to suit all.

Paint me like one of your French Poodles….

What would YOUR doggie look like in a bow tie?  Or a fetching neck scarf? Artist Stanley Bird takes on commissions of people’s beloved pets and creates the scene around the animal to suit his or her character.  Find out more by popping in to the Gallery and chatting to Joe.

Jewellery Bute Gallery

Something Special this way comes…

Here at The Bute Gallery, beauty is our passion, and this can be seen by the collection of jewellery pieces we have in stock.  Something for every occasion and budget, we have a wide range of rings, bracelets, watches and necklaces – something to suit everyone.

If you are looking to buy something a little bit special, come and speak to us about our layaway option, which allows you to pay for your chosen piece in installments.

Invitation Stanley Bird

Artist Spotlight: Stanley Bird

Stanley Bird

Stanley Bird is a Scottish artist formerly based in Glasgow and now living and working in Edinburgh. After pursuing a successful career in the law, Stanley returned to painting full time in 2010 and has taken his life in a new artistic direction.

He works with a bold palette to create exciting images of the natural world – mainly birds and other animals – images that seize the imagination and that people can relate to.

Although he could be described as “self-taught”, for several years Stanley attended evening classes and intensive weekend courses at the Glasgow School of Art to improve his technique, to widen his experience of making art and to stimulate the creative processes.

Stanley works mainly in acrylics and mixed media on board and on canvas – but will use whatever he needs to make sure he captures that elusive image.

His work ranges from larger-scale representational paintings and portraits of animals – bulls, cows, sheep, pigs, deer, horses – both in monochrome and colour – to smaller more intimate, mixed media paintings of these and other animals.

He has been working recently on paintings of birds, exotic and otherwise, against bold colourful backgrounds and a series of “Dug-Shots” – characterful portraits of “Man’s Best Friend”. He is also fond of painting all sort of wildlife from the hot plains of Africa, to the dark forests of Scotland and including the domestic back garden. He also undertakes commissions.

He has exhibited and sold work at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (RGI), Paisley Art Institute (PAI) and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW). Stanley also exhibits and sells his paintings through a number of galleries in and around Glasgow, the West of Scotland and also in Edinburgh and the East coast as well as Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and the north of England.

His paintings are in private collections in Europe, Asia, America, South Africa and Australia.

New Selection of Jewellery

This Summer we will be introducing some beautiful new designs of jewellery which are both elegant and affordable for gifts or for that little treat you’ve been promising yourself!

Don’t forget that (gasp!) Winter will come quickly and should you be looking to use our lay-away option, now is the time! Lay-away means that you can start paying towards an item now over the next six months, ready for Christmas. Yes we did say Christmas 🙂