Galleries: An explosion of colour and life

When you walk into an exhibition of paintings and feel energy bouncing off the canvases and straight into the unconscious part of your brain which affects your mood, you know that something is working.

This happened to me last Saturday morning when I visited Glasgow's Annan Gallery to see Meditations on Colour, a body of work by Alison McWhirter consisting of 36 new paintings.

McWhirter is known for her joyously sculptural still lifes of flowers, once described memorably by art historian Colin J Bailey as being laden with "buttery impasto". This new body of work includes her famously crowd-pleasing still lifes of flowers, but also veers off in a new direction of pure abstraction which has been pared right back to the beautifully crude Scottish linen on which she paints.

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