Scottish Colourist to take limelight at City Art Centre this summer

The largest survey exhibition of work by George Leslie Hunter to be held in Scotland for almost 50 years will take centre stage at the City Art Centre this summer.

Hunter (1877-1931) was one of a group of four artists now known collectively as the Scottish Colourists - the others being FCB Cadell, JD Fergusson and SJ Peploe. Born in Rothesay and influenced by the Post-Impressionists such as Cézanne and Van Gogh, Hunter's reputation was enhanced when, in 1923, his work was shown alongside that of Peploe and Cadell in London. The following year, Peploe, Fergusson, Hunter and Cadell exhibited together for the first time in Paris under the banner Les Peintres de l'Écosse Moderne. 

Leslie Hunter: A Life in Colour (21 July to 14 October) will span two floors of the City Art Centre, featuring around 80 works drawn from public and private collections throughout the UK. The selected works cover all aspects of Hunter's working practice (illustrations, drawings, prints, watercolours and oil paintings), from his earliest work to that of his final years.

The proposed admission charges to the Hunter exhibition of £5.00 and £3.50 concession will be considered by the Culture and Leisure Committee at its meeting on 24 April 2012.

To complement this major exhibition, which follows the recent highly successful Cadell show at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the City Art Centre's summer season also features The Scottish Colourists: Inspiration and Influence, a one-floor display selected from the City's collection of Scottish Art and enhanced by a number of loans from the Royal Scottish Academy and the Fleming Collection in London. Admission to this exhibition will be free.

Also on show at the City Art Centre this summer is Human Race: inside the history of sports medicine, a touring exhibition of Scottish collections, newly commissioned artworks and rarely seen film footage. The exhibition, which is an official part of the Cultural Olympiad for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, was created by the Scotland and Medicine Partnership, a group of 23 organisations led by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. 

It explores the impact of the history, culture and science of sport and exercise medicine on the human body. Admission to this exhibition will be free.

Lynne Halfpenny, Head of Culture and Sport, said: "We're absolutely delighted that the City Art Centre is hosting the biggest Hunter survey exhibition in nearly half a century. We expect the exhibition to be very popular - we know from the extraordinary success of our Scottish Art 1650-2010 show last year that there is a huge appetite for Scottish Art among Scots and visitors alike."

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