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Barry McGlashan

I am a 27 year old Scottish Figurative artist working in Aberdeen, North East Scotland. I was educated at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen where I now teach. In 2001 I was awarded the Alastair Salvesen Traveling Scholarship—I chose to travel in the USA for 3 months visiting Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts and Maine.

The image you see here is part of the resulting exhibition that was held with The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh. The painting ‘Congress Street’ relates to a place of the same name in Portland, Maine. It was that time of night when things are becoming less distinct and the painting was a response to that place and my feelings there. I love the sense of something hidden and not quite as it appears and my chosen image reflects that.