Scottish War Blinded Member Exhibits Art at Edinburgh Castle

Posted: 09/06/2014 | Scottish War Blinded


Scottish War Blinded member Derek O’Rourke is currently exhibiting artwork at Edinburgh Castle.

The paintings titled ‘Esplanade’ and ‘Edinburgh Castle from Princess Street’ were completed late in 2013 at Scottish War Blinded’s Linburn Centre.

Inspired by experiences fundraising on Princess Street, Derek has used his fond memories and pictures to assist in completing the project through evocative use of colour, shape and contrast.

Derek said:

“I was inspired by spending a lot of time fundraising on Princess Street providing many different perspectives of Edinburgh Castle. Because of my visual impairment, I took many pictures of the castle whilst working on the paintings late last year as painting through a keyhole is how I would describe how I paint.

“At Scottish War Blinded’s Linburn Centre I use acrylic paint, brushes and bits of cardboard to paint but most of my best work comes from tactile finger painting where I am in direct contact with the canvas. It provides me with a great feeling and this intimate, powerful technique evokes a considerable emotional effect both myself and others viewing my art.”

Derek’s art alongside a painting by Linburn Centre Art Instructor, David Grigor, can be viewed at Edinburgh Castle’s Information Centre throughout the summer.

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