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Wester Ross garden of delights inspires artist immersed in unique project

By Hector MacKenzie

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Artist David Sandum will interact with visitors during his residency at Inverewe.
Artist David Sandum will interact with visitors during his residency at Inverewe.

VISITORS to a Wester Ross attraction are getting the chance to see art created in front of their eyes as part of a quirky project led by 'a true one-off'.

Swedish-born artist David Sandum has started his residency at the National Trust for Scotland’s Inverewe Garden for what will be a six-week stint at the Sawyer Gallery to fill in blanks on the walls with paintings and drawings inspired by Inverewe.

He will work out in the garden, interacting with the public as much as possible during his stay.

The exhibition is titled Evolving Impressions to capture how it will develop and grow during his stay.

Inverewe Gardens has a global appeal.
Inverewe Gardens has a global appeal.

A Meet the Artist event takes place on Saturday, August 17 to reveal how the piece is shaping up.

Kevin Frediani, operations manager at Inverewe, said: “David is such an interesting artist and we can’t wait to see how his experience at Inverewe inspires his imagination. With such a rich environment and so many interesting people who spend time here as volunteers, staff and visitors, his creation will be a true one off."

Based in Moss, Norway, the artist began drawing and painting in the early 2000s while experiencing depression. He was inspired by Edvard Munch’s philosophy that we should all write or paint our life story.

Sandum works in a variety of mediums including oils, watercolours and charcoal and print-making.

The Sawyer Gallery
The Sawyer Gallery

The Sawyer Gallery is located in Inverewe House, at the centre of the world famous Inverewe Garden, a lush oasis perched on a peninsula at the shores of Loch Ewe amid the rugged landscape of Wester Ross.

For more information, visit www.nts.org.uk.


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