Open studios at Hospitalfield

FOUR artists more used to working in far and exotic lands are currently based at Hospitalfield, Arbroath, as part of the annual Royal Overseas League residency there.

And their work was on show to all at a free Open Studios event last night (Thursday).

The artists, from Nepal, India, Australia and the Bahamas, are using their time at Hospitalfield to develop new work in the historic studios where generations of artists have found inspiration before them.

They are also taking advantage of Hospitalfield’s partnership with Dundee Printmakers Workshop at DCA to use their advanced printmaking facilities.

Sunil Sigdel is from Nepal and his paintings depict the synthesis of science and art, reason and imagination, and masculine and feminine energy. His innovative superimposition of colours upon the rational black and white images of science is a hallmark of his work.

Sunil completed his Bachelor of Fine Art in Kathmandu and since then has participated in half a dozen solo exhibitions in Nepal and more than a dozen group exhibitions throughout India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal where he won the Creative Young Artist award 2007 in Pokhara.

Prathap Modi graduated from the Department of Fine Arts at Andhra University in India and followed this with a Masters in Visual Art in Printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Art, Vadodara. He has received numerous fellowships and scholarships and his work has been exhibited in Mumbai, Baroda, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. He uses self portraits as the basis of his work.

Nick Olsen from Australia is a painter interested in working from the physical landscape, and with heritage. His work will be exhibited, along with that of the other ROSL scholars at a London exhibition.

Holly Parotti, who was born in the Bahamas, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia in 1997.

Printmaking is a key aspect of her work and in 2002 she held a joint exhibition with her sister Lynn at The Central Bank of the Bahamas entitled ‘Parotti Views’ showing their prints and paintings. In the early 2000s, she held a series of exhibitions including a solo show at Post House Gallery entitled ‘process; ink, pressure, paper’.

In 2005 she started work as the curatorial assistant and collections manager at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and this year she joined the D’Aguilar Art Foundation as the assistant director and curator. Holly is a printmaker and mixed media artist, concerned with issues of cross-cultures and immigration.