Ruth Nicol, inspired by Alexander Moffat’s ‘Poets’ Pub’, investigates the landscapes of the seven great Scottish poets; Hugh MacDiarmid, Edwin Morgan, Norman MacCaig, Sorley Maclean, George MacKay Brown, Robert Garioch and Ian Crichton Smith. Capturing the vast and varied landscapes of Scotland during an intense period of national, artistic and cultural self-reflection.
Tributary' documents the solo exhibition at the Royal Glasgow Institute Kelly gallery in Glasgow.
'Leadhills' documents my childhood holidays in this small mining village in Dumfries and Galloway, close to the source of the Clyde.
'To Stirling' captures the journey between Stirling and Edinburgh along the M9 and tributary roads.
'Traversed' documents the solo exhibition at the Open Eye gallery in Edinburgh. Paintings were selected from the 'Leith in Winter' and the 'Bridged' bodies of work.
'Bridged' focussed on the man made structures which span the Firth of Forth and the River Clyde. The intention was to investigate the possibilities of movement.
'Leith In Winter' captures the extreme winter of 2010 which froze some of the docks in places. Many of the paintings work in pairs as key pivotal locations in Leith looking either north and south or east and west.
'The River Runs Through It' was a major exhibition held in the prestigious Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow to raise funds for the Riverside Museum Appeal
'West To East' depicts three large scale views of the Firth of Fourth from Cramond, the Pentlands and Willowbrae.
'Reflections A98' illustrates the journey between Edinburgh, Buckie and Elgin featuring key points along the A9 and the A98.
'To Kilmany' documents the journey from Edinburgh to Kilmany in Fife. Three of the paintings were selected for the Nairn Open Art festival and 'Feruchie Services on the way to Kilmany' was selected as the over all winner 2009.
'Vista' details abstracted landscapes using the Firth of Forth from the Pentlands as its' inspiration. The same view was revisited in 'West To East' in 2010.
'From The Bridges' includes landscape and abstract painting commissioned by the boutique Fraser Suites hotel located on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Principally they detail the views from the North Bridge.