March to May 2009

An Turas onEndpoints: Coal/Sand to mark either end of the River Ayr Way– a permanent artwork within the grounds of the IMMA in Dublin.

Donald Urquhart is widely considered to be one of the most significant artists working in

Scotland today. His work, although grounded in the disciplines of drawing and painting, has

diversified in recent years, with commissions in both landscape and architectural contexts. At

the heart of it all, however, is an appreciation of landscape and the need to respond to it. It is

work that can be characterised as being reductive and highly formal, yet always seeking to

engage the viewer in a quiet and poetic dialogue.

The exhibition ‘IN LAND’ at Schop features five ‘Line Sky’ drawings and two gallery specific

pieces, namely: ‘Double Displacement: Lewis’ and ‘Balance: Harris’. Much of Urquhart’s

recent work has taken the form of permanent site-specific installations in which he has

responded to a wide variety of landscapes. These commissioned works include

the Isle of Tiree (2003) and


Alongside these public projects Urquhart continues to maintain a studio practice and to exhibit

internationally. Recently he has held solo exhibitions at the Butler Gallery in Ireland and

Lionheart Gallery in Boston, USA. He was included in the survey exhibition Here+ Now,

Scottish Art 1990 – 2000, organised by Dundee Contemporary Arts. In 2007 Urquhart installed

Recurring Line : North/South

Urquhart is currently integrating a series of artworks in various Glasgow projects including the

new Stobhill Hospital, a new arts complex Trongate 103 and the new Gartnavel Royal

Hospital. He is guest curator for a major Art in the Landscape project for 2010 at the

Zuiderzee Museum in the Netherlands and is developing work for several forthcoming



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