It is common to see a huddle of admirers in front of an Alan Macdonald painting; the on-lookers savouring the painting’s almost theatrical performance. Our huddle tries, and ultimately fails, to de-riddle Macdonald’s painterly fable of the absurd. They are also mesmerised by Macdonald’s mastery of Dutch and Renaissance painting, which he interweaves with the ephemera and lyrics of modern life.
Few can ignore an Alan Macdonald paintings, for every one is a compositional masterpiece.
The comparison with other artists is obvious. Caravaggio, Goya, Rembrandt and maybe even the endlessly-looping Escher all spring to mind, but so do musicians: Puccini, Verdi and Bowie. It is no surprise that Macdonald has gained such a deep and increasingly wide reputation.
It is a great honour to show these latest works by such an important Scottish artist in Kilmorack Gallery once again.