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Beth Robertson Fiddes

Beth Robertson Fiddes

Beth Robertson Fiddes graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1995 with BA (hons), won The RSA Benno Schotz award in 1997 and won second place in the 2011 Jolomo Bank of Scotland competition – the largest Art prize in Scotland.

Beth exhibited to great acclaim in her first solo show at Doubtfire in 2012. This was followed by another hugely successful exhibition in 2014 and her current collection with us is her first major return to Edinburgh since then.

In this exhibition, Beth has produced a powerful, evocative and dynamic collection of new work.

Her return to her Highland roots has deepened her continuing artistic exploration of land and sea. A move in early 2013 to Inverbroom, in Wester Ross, took her back to where she feels she really belongs. She now has more time to spend in the surroundings that have inspired so much of her work.

“Returning to favourite childhood haunts and seeing them afresh has given my painting a new dimension allowing memories to combine with new sights and experiences.”

Indeed, her work – in acrylic, ink and oil and also paper – vividly evokes the fleeting moment of a surging tide crashing onto headland or hissing through rock pools, the sharp intensity of a shaft of brilliant sunshine through a swirling cloud of mist, rain or spindrift, at the same time raising the possibility of a primeval landscape.

A native of Tiree, Beth has a deep understanding of how rapidly changing and often extreme weather patterns are an integral part of the rugged beauty of the north-west Highlands.

Her work has always been based on observation and drawing outdoors is fundamental to her working methods.

“I find more and more now that I want to retain the spontaneity of the initial impressions and sketches in the final pieces.”

There has been a steady growing recognition for an artist with a unique eye and the ability to transfer onto canvas – on a grand scale when necessary – the colours, textures and moods of the dramatic landscape around her.

“My work has sometimes been described as having an otherworldly quality to it and, in a sense, this is partly my objective.”

Beth’s painting invokes a slight sense of a different reality, combined with more tangible and recognisable aspects of the landscape.


Example of Artist's Work

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This Artist at Doubtfire

winterworks 18|19

24th November 2018 - 26th January 2019

winter season 17|18

2nd December 2017 - 3rd February 2018

Beth Robertson Fiddes

15th April - 20th May 2017

cadence and cascade

4th October - 25th October 2014