6 February 2017 to 18 February 2017

10am to 5pm (closes 1pm on final day)

Admission Free

Jill McManners has long been inspired by the basalt rocks and cliff faces of the Scottish Hebrides. This collection of watercolour paintings are of the Galta islands and the particularly torturous and treacherous black cliffs of the Shiants.

Adam Nicholson says of McManners, that her paintings are "not really about ‘place’ in the neat and comfortable sense of that word. They are about more than that, a recognition of the world’s insistent and irreducible reality. When the picture is so close up against the cliff that it looms over you, almost, strangely, as if ready to punish you, not lying calm and pet-like at your feet, as the islands do in William’s Daniell’s acquatints, that is when the miracle of this encounter between a painter and the natural world is at its most powerful. The pictures have almost become natural phenomena themselves. They are within millimetres of being sculptures and, to me, the measure of their power is this: I have known the Shiants for 40 years but I also know I will never see them in the same light again. It is as if Jill McManners has released something from these rocks which has been shut up in them ever since they were made." 

Read the full essay and Find out more: www.jillmcmanners.com/about/critique

Or: www.mervillegalleries.com