The Rob Roy Drawings

From 24th July the RGI will be showcasing 10 illustrative, full-scale pastel works by the artist June Carey of her recent work of Sir Walter Scott’s Rob Roy produced for The Folio Society!

The Rob Roy Drawings

About The Rob Roy Drawings

24th Jul 2021 to 15th Aug 2021
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Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
Kelly Gallery Douglas Street, Glasgow City Centre G2 4ET
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This exhibition will be the first time that the full-scale works will be shown in public.

In February 2020, June Carey was invited by The Folio Society Ltd. to create 10 pastel drawings to illustrate an edition of Sir Walter Scott’s Rob Roy.

To enable me to create the drawings to illustrate Sir Walter Scott’s Rob Roy I began by reading his book on this renowned Scottish character, Rob Roy MacGregor. During my research into the history of Rob Roy, I discovered that there is very little known about him and very little artefacts to verify his existence. To this day, Rob Roy is remembered as either a Scottish Hero or a Cattle Stealing Rogue.

I also purchased the audible version of the book which I listened to every day from morning till night whilst working on the drawings. This allowed me to completely absorb myself in the story, which I absolutely loved and found that it helped enormously in creating the images. When I read a book, I always wonder what the characters look like, so being able to bring the characters to life visually in drawings, was a wonderful way to express what I had absorbed “listening” to Sir Walter Scott’s wonderful book on “Rob Roy”. I highly recommend it. The human figure is central to my work, however their ‘clothing’ normally takes the form of tattoos on the body. Having to ‘clothe’ my figures for this book was initially a bit of a challenge. I adjusted very quickly to this new way of working and will probably find some sort of ‘clothing’ may very well begin to appear in my new work.’

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