With this issue of The High Window we are pleased to introduce our new resident artist, Douglas Robertson, who will be taking over the reins from Angela Smyth, whose work has been so admired by our readers in the previous three issues. Angela’s keenness to take her inspiration from specific poems has led to the creation of some stunning work, for which the editors would like to publicly express their thanks. Angela has been very busy on various fronts this year and we have been very lucky to have had the privilege and joy of working with her. Needless to say, the poets whose work she has chosen to work with have also been delighted with the results.
Having made such a successful start with our Resident Artist feature this year we consider ourselves lucky again to have secured the services of Doug, another wonderful artist who is well known for his collaborations with poets.
Previous Special Features
THW7 September 10, 2017
THW6 June 3, 2017 THW5 March 7, 2017
THW4 December 6, 2016 THW3 September 1, 2016
THW2 June 1, 2016 THW1 November 9, 2015
Born in Dundee, Doug now lives in Hampshire. An artist and teacher, he has worked on numerous collaboration projects and has exhibited widely throughout the UK. His work is in many public collections, including the Scottish Fisheries Museum and Comunn Eachdraidh Nis on the Isle of Lewis, and is included in the BBC’s ‘Your Paintings’. In pareticular, he has worked on numerous collaborations with some of the countries finest poets, including Valerie Gilles, Harvey Holton, Kenneth White, Christine De Luca, and Andrew Philip. His main collaborator over the last decade has been Donald S. Murray, with whom he has worked on a number of collaborations over the last ten years including two volumes of prose and poetry, The Guga Stone (Luath) and SY Story (Birlinn), and Herring Tales: How the Silver Darlings Shaped Human Taste and History (Bloomsbury). The Guga Stone and Herring Tales were included in the Guardian’s Best Nature Books of 2013 and 2015. The pair are currently working on The Dark Stuff – Stories from the Peatlands (Bloomsbury), to be published in April 2018, and Birdfall, a collection of avian art and poems, also to be exhibited and published in 2018.
He is also currently working on collaboration projects with two poets, Isobel Dixon and Gordon Meade. In the course of their collaboration, Douglas and Isobel are responding to D.H. Lawrence’s poems from the 1923 poetry collection, Birds, Beasts and Flowers! in various ways, and to each other’s work as a result of this contemplation and ‘conversation’ with the themes of travel, encounters with nature, our identity, mortality and otherness. With Gordon, he is following on from their highly successful collaboration Les Animots – A Human Bestiary (Cultured Llama) with another collection of drawing and poems ENDangeRED, which will be published as an artist’s book in 2018.
Douglas Robertson: Three Assemblages
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