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Profile of Ailsa Black


Ailsa Black lives on the Solway Coast in Dumfries and Galloway and it is from here that she takes her inspiration. Many of her paintings are inspired by the views from her studio in a small village on the coast with sea views to the front and hills and fields to the back.

Her work is a quirky and light-hearted interpretation of life in rural Scotland. It is based on the interaction of landscape, animals, birds and people that surround her. She is interested in the use of these core influences, which merge with her imagination, to convey a contemporary whimsical narrative on life.

Ailsa works in acrylic paint on canvas board, with a limited, but bold, palette of colours. She likes to simplify form to bring a modern decorative clarity and simplicity to the image.

Ailsa was born in Ballymoney and grew up in Dumfries and Galloway. After studying at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen Ailsa moved to Edinburgh where she worked as an outreach and community arts worker for 10 years. In 2001 she returned to Dumfries and Galloway.


BA[Hons] 2.1 Graphics and Illustration, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen 1986-1991

Exhibitions and Galleries

- Rowan Gallery Summer Exhibition June 2012
- Arran Art Gallery 2012
- Spring Fling Open Studio June 2012
- Royal Glasgow Institute 150th Annual Open Exhibition 2011
- Scotlandart.com 2011
- Arran Art Gallery 2011
- Greens and Blues Gallery, North Berwick 2011
- Paisley Art Institute 123rd Annual Open Exhibition 2011
- Spring Fling Open Studio 2011
- Spring Fling Taster Exhibition at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries 2011
- Christmas Exhibition, Greens and Blues Gallery, North Berwick 2010
- Gracefield Arts Centre, Off the Wall Exhibition 2010
- Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, joint exhibition with one other artist 2010
- Country Pursuits Exhibition, Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkudbright 2010
- National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, Wirral 2010
- Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society, Gracefield Art Centre, Dumfries 2010
- Spring Fling Open Studio 2010
- Spring Fling Taster Exhibition at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries 2010
- Arran Art Gallery throughout 2010
- Christmas Exhibition, Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkudbright 2009
- Scottish Artists Exhibition, Red Rag Gallery, Stow on the Wold 2009
- National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, Wirral 2009
- Country Pursuits Exhibition, Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkudbright 2008

Commissions and Publications

- Alzheimer Scotland, Christmas Card 2010
- Paws Pet Photography - illustration 2010
- Dumfries Ice Bowl - illustration and run of giclee prints 2010
- Markings Magazine - 6 page feature and front cover illustration 2008
- Dumfries and Galloway council - series of cartoon illustrations 2007
- Dumfries and Galloway Health Board - series of illustrations on health 2007
- Alzheimer Scotland - commission for design of various posters 2007
- Baby and You Magazine - series of 12 cartoons plus various commissions for various features 2006
- Homeplusscotland magazine - various cartoon illustrations 2006
- Scottish Executive - a body illustration work for educational material 2006
- Plus many private sales and commissions



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