Father and Daughter Keep Art in the Family

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Award-winning local painter Kevin Connelly and his photographic artist daughter Rhiannon exhibit together for the first time later this month at the Gladstone Gallery on Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

Father and daughter keep art exhibition in the family. Award-winning local painter Kevin Connelly and his photographic artist daughter Rhiannon exhibit together for the first time later this month at the Gladstone Gallery on Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

The exhibition, from April 14 - 19, features a number of urban landscapes painted recently by Kevin in and around Edinburgh along with a collection of unusual photographs in the form of Polaroid paintings by Rhiannon.

Using a vintage Polaroid SX70 camera, Edinburgh-based Rhiannon creates her Polaroid paintings by manipulating the Polaroid film emulsion as the image is developing to create a unique, dreamlike image, halfway between a photograph and a painting. These unusual images project the individual vision of the artist in the same way as an original painting. The photograph is then scanned and printed to create a much larger final image, presented as a limited or open edition giclée print.

Rhiannon is exhibiting a cross section of her work: a mix of local Edinburgh views, images shot on her travels in Europe and colourful floral still lives.

Kevin Connelly is primarily a landscape and portrait painter. He has scooped awards in the three most recent Pentland Inspirations competitions and although largely self-taught, he did study as part of an outdoor sketching class at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. The class was taught by James McIntosh Patrick, possibly the best-known artist in the area, with a reputation as a good teacher, and arguably one of the finest landscape painters in Scotland of the 20th Century. Encouraged by his progress, Kevin later enrolled in life drawing and portraiture classes at Edinburgh College of Art.

A member of Pentland Art Club, Kevin has previously shown in galleries, in the Borders, Angus and Perthshire. This show follows Rhiannon's first solo exhibition in Perthshire last year.

Note to Editors:
Developed by Dr Edward Land and designed to fit into a man's shirt pocket, the first Polaroid cameras of the type Rhiannon uses were sold in 1972. Four decades on, with the discontinuation of all Polaroid films, artists are now using up the last of their stock. Rhiannon has chosen to use her final supplies on an ambitious, year-long project to photograph 12 European cities. This project is now just past the half-way stage, with London the latest city to be completed.

To see details of this, and other Spring exhibitions at the Gladstone Gallery, visit the National Trust for Scotland website at http://www.nts.org.uk/Events/Detail/2061/.

For more information about Rhiannon Connelly's work, visit http://www.rhiannonconnelly.com.

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