Dorothy Black

Visual Artist

I am a visual artist working from my studio in rural Fife. I work with a range of media and techniques but powerful draughtsmanship is always at the core.

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I have exhibited widely in the UK and abroad and my work is held in many private and public collections.Collections
Jean F Watson Bequest, Edinburgh Council, Glenrothes Development Corporation, Arts in Fife, BBC Scotland, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Stirling University, Fife Council, Borders Council, Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery, Standard Life, Thomson Cooper Accountants, Dunfermline Building Society, Aaron Rosen Lawyers, Los Angeles.


Subject matter can vary from natural forms, still life, pattern and print but predominantly figure and portrait. I love to work large scale and continuously endeavour to capture the figure in movement, creating power, drama and impact in a pose. I apply the same approach with large scale botanical studies, where I see similarities in the lines, shapes and structure of organic forms and the figure. I am fascinated in capturing these twists and turns and how they change over time from bud to withered form.I explore contrasts in my work - this may be the solid structure of a pose alongside freer painterly handling in other areas. I am fascinated with print and pattern, particularly vintage colour schemes and motifs, and use these as inspiration. I employ a range of printing techniques and often combine these with drawn and painted elements. Again, contrasts between print, detail and more free abstract treatments can be evident.


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