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Frank McNab lives and works in Scotland. He has two quite separate strands to his work in the past few years. One is the wonderful variety and designs of the tenements and the communal closes of our cities and towns and the other is the influence of literature and poetry in painting and the development of Symbolist works.
The tenement works investigate the peculiar living spaces the communal closes contain. One neither inside or outside. The lighting can be muted and atmospheric in some closes and as grandiose and dramatic as a Gothic cathedral in some of the toplit corner closes where vertical shafts fall on stone flags far below. The colours are varied and sometimes surprising. (Can anyone guess the main colour of the painting, “Von Blucher’s Close”?)
The Symbolist works have been inspired by varied sources in literature. (At present McNab is working on a large painting inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost.) His paintings have been used on musical album covers and book covers (e.g. Kenneth Roy’s history of Scotland “The Invisible Spirit” and various albums and books about the similarities between the Russion poet Vysotsky and Robert Burns published in Moscow).
Von Blucher’s Close - £650 - 51cm by 60cm - ★ Sold
Morning Light - £780 - 62cm by 119cm - ★ Sold
Going to Work, 28th March, 1960 (The Cheapside Street Fire in Glasgow) - £750 - 50cm by 33cm - ★ Sold
Jude the Obscure - £850 - 40cm by 55cm
The Pond - £800