This piece depicts Cullen, a small, seaside village on the coast of the Moray Firth. It consists of two images, showing two different views of the beach, separated by a thin white line and framed inside a border inspired by forms found in the landscape. The larger image depicts a large pillar of rock, formed with clean lines, with darker patches picking out the details of the different levels and crevasses. There is a smaller outcrop of rock to the right: in the foreground is a beach. The sea is behind the rocks, light blue and consisting of gentle ripples: it meets the sky at quite a low horizon. The lower image is a view from the headland down to the beach.
This work is an end print of a triptych – the other parts depict Hopeman and Burghead in Moray. The prints were commissioned by Peacock Printers in Aberdeen, for an exhibition that invited artists to revisit the Scottish coastal sites of engravings produced by William Daniel in 1815. Henderson says that his “work is a response to, rather than a depiction of place and time.”
David Henderson studied Design & Craft (Printmaking) at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, as well as gaining an MBA at Aberdeen Business School in 1999. His awards include the Samuel Pope Medal for Art in 1974, the Aberdeen Visual Arts Award in 2004 and the Royal Scottish Society of Watercolourists Council Award in 2006 He has exhibited widely throughout Scotland. He is a Teaching Fellow at Robert Gordon University and is a professional member of The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours.
With thanks to The RSW for information about this artist.