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Ian McKinnell

I was born and grew up in Dumfries and still have family there. Now retired, I returned to my native Scotland and am now a practicing artist.

Images of Studio

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About My Practice

My interest is in colour, light and texture. My images of surfaces may stay more or less as they are found. Others, to bend a phrase, I take for a walk.

My eye is drawn to the abstract, and I take delight in exploring how far I can transform an image to create a different way of seeing. Although the result I strive for is an abstract, I like to work from real world images. In this way, my images retain an organic “memory” of the real world which provides a hook for the viewer.

Tools & Materials

My photography is done on the move using what we all have to hand – usually a smartphone – hence the strapline “Digital Art on the Run”. Then the magic happens in Photoshop – digitally manipulating multiple images to create abstract works. These images often become material for combining with mixed media techniques to create larger collages.

Examples of work

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Spring Fling Activity

During the Spring Fling weekend I will be working on new work and visitors are invited to make their own mark using the available materials.

Offer for Spring Fling Friends

10% discount for Friends of Spring Fling




Samphire Gallery, 149-151 King Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1DX



Level access and disabled toilet

Evening Openings


Price Range

– £600

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