Turn and run, the monkeys ride is based on a selection of photos from 2003 by SSA Member Jean Firth – of birthdays, Christmas, and one of many camping trips to the Allan Water, Roxburghshire – undertaken by Jean and her family. Following the recent loss of Jean’s father, his presence (and absence) in the works is particularly poignant. The contrast between the innocence of the children in the paintings and the forced maturity of losing a parent puts a tender slant on each piece.
Firth graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 2018 and remained in the city to continue making work in her studio at the Northern Arts Club which she shares with several other local artists.
8 February – 17 April 2020
The Small Gallery | Aberdeen Royal Infirmary | Aberdeen – Grampian Hospitals Art Trust