RGU graduate secures first exhibit in Royal Scottish Academy

A talented artist and recent graduate of Robert Gordon University’s Gray’s School of Art has secured her first exhibit in the Visual Art Scotland's exhibition 'FLY 2016' at the Royal Scottish Academy, marking a major milestone in her flourishing career.

From The EyesIzzy Thomson, who grew up in Cromarty in the Highlands of Scotland, graduated with an honours degree in Painting from Gray’s earlier this year and just last month secured a spot for her work ‘From the Eyes’ in the respected gallery.

The oil on canvas painting, which Izzy won ‘The Great Award’ for, was inspired by her time spent on a researching trip in Iceland, experiencing the country’s memorable landscapes and scenery.

Izzy, who is currently taking up a graduate residency at Leith School of Art, believes this was a huge accomplishment for her and great recognition of her work.

“I’ve always had an interest in art, as my parents were both artists and encouraged me to be creative from a very young age,” she said.

“Before coming to Gray’s I hadn’t really done a huge amount of oil painting, drawing was mainly my thing, but it quickly became my staple.

“The piece was inspired by my time in Iceland: a country with an otherworldly space and aberrational atmosphere. I wanted to make a painting about Iceland's dark kind of light that is experienced when watching the northern lights from a hill.

“To have my work displayed in the RSA is a huge honour and it is amazing to have my work recognised in this way.”

Izzy also has a solo show, ‘The Shape of a Mountain, currently on display at the Arts Centre & Theatre in Aberdeen.

Keith Grant, Head of Painting at Gray’s, added: "Izzy had an outstanding 4th year which culminated with her receiving a 1st class Honours Degree as well as a sell-out Degree Show. 

“It therefore came as no surprise to me when she was awarded a one year graduate residency at Leith School of Art or that in the six months since leaving Gray's she would have had a one person exhibition and now on top of that winning an award at this year's Visual Arts Scotland exhibition at the RSA. It's been an extremely good year for an extremely talented painter."


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