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Shadows and Light – The Extraordinary Life of James McBey

11 February 28 May


The Shadows and Light exhibit at the Aberdeen Art Gallery honours James McBey, a local artist and adventurer from Aberdeenshire. Known for his etchings and dry point engravings, he was once referred to as the “heir to Rembrandt”. The exhibition also coincides with a recently released biography of McBey.

Soussi’s book lays bare McBey’s complex personality, portraying a very human man whose talent, status and fame masked a multitude of insecurities. The author’s research drew on the unparalleled archive of the artist’s personal collection of artworks, sketchbooks, scrapbooks, diaries and letters in the Archives, Gallery & Museums’ collection, a selection of which are on display here.

Alasdair Soussi will give a talk on Shadows and Light at Aberdeen Art Gallery on Saturday 15 April 2023.

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Kevin Mitchell and Chris Sansbury founded POST. This was from a desire to cut through the noise to share the great things that happen in Aberdeen. They focus on community, culture and also the interesting people of the city. The local artists, businesses and charities; photographers, musicians and entertainers. These are the people that make a positive impact on our city every day. So they use video, audio, writing and social media to amplify the voices in our community. And to ultimately give a platform to Aberdeen folk to engage and tell their own stories.

Recent work includes coverage of Spectra 2022, interviews with We Are Here Scotland founder Ica Headlam; Paralympic gold medalist, Neil Fachie; Aberdeen rapper Chef and his push for success; an article by film director Mark Stirton about the state of high-rise buildings in the city; coverage of Nuart Aberdeen 2022 and TEDx Aberdeen, as well as coverage of British Art Show 9.

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