Orkney arts centre buys vivid works of contemporary art thanks to The Art Fund

  • 20 June 2007

The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness, Orkney, has bought three new works by important contemporary artists with grants from The Art Fund, which paid over half the cost of the works.

Olafur Eliasson’s The Colour Spectrum Series; Exposed Painting, Deep Violet, Charcoal Black, 2005, by Scottish painter Callum Innes; and Towards a Solar Eclipse, by Garry Fabian Miller, were purchased by the Centre for £40,466. The Art Fund contributed over £20,000 towards the purchases, and additional support came from the National Fund for Acquisitions and the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland.

Olafur Eliasson’s Colour Spectrum Series, 2005, consists of 48 colour photogravures – a simple and radiant series of prints depicting the colours of the spectrum. Although his work is well known internationally, this is only the second work of art to enter a public collection in the UK. Eliasson (b.1967), a Danish artist, is probably best known for his spectacular Weather Project featuring an enormous indoor ‘sun’, shown at Tate Modern in 2005.

Towards a Solar Eclipse (pictured), 1998, by Garry Fabian Miller is the Pier Arts Centre’s first ever photographic acquisition. Miller’s work was shown at the Pier Arts Centre in 1999 as part of an exchange with Tate St Ives timed to coincide with the solar eclipse of that year. Towards a Solar Eclipse is part of a series of works made by filtering light through glass and oil filled vessels on to light-sensitive surfaces, without the use of camera or film.

Calum Innes b.1962, is an important Scottish artist - shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1995, his work is held in both national and international collections. Exposed Painting, Deep Violet, Charcoal Black, 2005, radiates light. Using a rigorous technique of layering paint and then re-exposing areas of canvas, the artist works to de-construct the fundamental essence of colour. This work has never before been displayed in public.

The works will all go on display when the newly refurbished Pier Arts Centre re-opens on 7 July.

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