Mackintosh Queen's Cross presents: Iona MacKellar-Bruce
After her first public exhibition sold out on the opening night, Iona (then age 17) went on to study at Glasgow School of Art, before moving abroad, working and travelling in America and Europe....
Returning to Scotland, Iona established a successful business producing work on a larger scale, including murals, in a variety of venues, but also undertaking illustration and commissioned pieces for an illustrious array of clients, including the BBC, often attracting media attention.
Continuing to exhibit, she developed her unique style of intimate studies using mixed media, including oils and acrylics, incorporating other painstakingly selected, aged salvaged materials, such as leather, suede, tweed, wool, metals and rust! Infused with provenance and heritage, each piece captures the depth and texture found only in her native landscape. After time out to get married and have a daughter, Iona again immersed herself in the creative process, concentrating on the pieces, for which she is now recognised.
Inspiration comes from Scottish vernacular and interesting built forms. Attracting interest from around the world, Iona’s work offers a refreshing, yet rich and often quirky interpretation of identifiable or evocative landmarks and scenes.
Exhibition runs throughout the Mackintosh Festival in October. Mackintosh Queen's Cross is open Monday-Friday, 10am-5:00pm, with last admission at 4:30pm.
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