A major exhibition of one of Scotland’s best loved artists set to open at Aberdeen Art Gallery

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9 July 2013

Aberdeen Art Gallery is delighted to host a stunning exhibition of the work of one of Scotland's best loved artists, SJ Peploe, which opens on Saturday 13 July.

Samuel John Peploe (1871-1935) was the eldest and most successful of the four artists popularly known as The Scottish Colourists, along with FCB Cadell, JD Fergusson and GL Hunter.

Peploe is considered by many to be the leader of the group and indeed it was his friendship with the others which bound the four together. Born, in Edinburgh, Peploe lived in the Scottish capital all his life, except for two years spent in Paris [1910- 1912].

Most celebrated for his beautiful still lifes, Peploe depicted a selection of props including roses, tulips and coffee pots, placed in an infinite variety of combinations and lovingly painted in his studio. The care which Peploe lavished on his still lifes contrasts with the more spontaneous technique with which he created his stunning French and Scottish landscapes. At certain periods Peploe also painted figure studies of beauty and significance, including images of his wife and two sons.

This important exhibition will bring together a selection of 70 of Peploe's most significant paintings from public and private collections plus original objects used in Peploe's still life arrangements from the Peploe retrospective recently held at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Aberdeen Art Gallery has a substantial collection of paintings by SJ Peploe, eight of which are included in the exhibition.

Christine Rew, manager of Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums said: "Aberdeen Art Gallery is delighted to host this outstanding exhibition in collaboration with the National Galleries of Scotland. SJ Peploe is one of Scotland's best-loved artists. His landscapes celebrating Scotland's natural beauty, sensitively composed still-lifes and a passion for colour mean his paintings are appreciated by many.

"The exhibition is the highlight of our summer programme at the Art Gallery and I anticipate it will be immensely popular with our visitors."

Director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Dr Simon Groom, said: "Following the great success of the show at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, we are delighted that the SJ Peploe exhibition will be touring to Aberdeen Art Gallery. The gallery is a particularly fitting venue, as Aberdeen owns an important collection of Peploe's work. We look forward to visitors enjoying the exhibition in the north-east of Scotland as much as they did in Edinburgh."

The exhibition is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated catalogue based on new research and a series of special events for all ages will take place during its three-month showing in the city.

The first of the events will be held on the opening day of the exhibition.

Saturday 13 July 10.30am-3.30pm
Paint our Peploe
Drop-in session
Admission free

Come along to the studio workshop and be part of the gallery's biggest work of art by creating a mural using all the bright and beautiful colours that Peploe loved. The mural will be used as the backdrop to all the gallery's summer activities and everyone who takes part will have their name displayed next to it just like real artists. There will also be other fun craft activities going on so there will be plenty for everyone to enjoy.

The exhibition is organised by the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh and runs at Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill until Saturday 19 October 2013.