Wild Space hosts first mainland exhibition for island artist

Wild Space visitor centre and gallery hosts Hebridean Elements - an exhibition of Rhod Evans' watercolours

Rhod Evans has looked after some of the most remote islands on the world. He once managed the island of Aride in the Seychelles for the Royal Society for Nature Conservation, and has also worked as a warden on St Kilda and Rum. Today he lives on the tiny tidal island of Grimsay, off the coast of North Uist.

Rhod is also an accomplished artist, who depicts his beloved island landscapes - and the spectacular skies above them - in vivid, expressionist watercolour.

Now the John Muir Trust’s Wild Space visitor centre and gallery is hosting the first mainland exhibition of his paintings, which focuses on the Outer Hebrides.

“My paintings are an exploration of these landscapes and of the often extreme weather conditions that prevail there, particularly in the winter months,” he says

Though bordering on the abstract, Rhod’s work is firmly grounded in the reality of organic forms.

“I strive to evoke a sense of the remoteness or wildness of a place in the viewer. I like to produce paintings that are bold and atmospheric – not literal depictions, but that reflect my response to the landscape, seas and skies of the wild places of the British Isles.

Entirely self-taught, Rhod has been fascinated by watercolour for half a century and has spent decades sketching, exploring and experimenting with the medium.

“One of the pleasures of working in watercolour is the surprises that it produces - every time I paint there is still a delicious element of chance which makes every painting an exciting adventure.”

Rhod has previously exhibited at the Taigh Chearsabhagh in North Uist and at Hebrides Art in Harris. This is his first exhibition on the mainland.

Find out more
• Hebridean Elements will run at the Wild Space in Pitlochry until 30 April 2015.
• Find out more about the Wild Space
• Find out more about Rhod Evans