Across a Painted Sky
The painter is at once composer, musician and conductor and a painting is without doubt a performance but in this exhibition the artist is attempting more; Shanks has given us three distinct movements as well as glimpses into his sketchbooks and words which could be notes on his score. He begins with the monumental, with the mountain and its igneous origin before he ascends to the cloud, sometimes the mirror of the burning hill-top but ever-changing, precocious and beautiful. The final movement, the valley in mist, is surely the existential state of ignorance; the precursor of revelation that may never come; we may touch the heights but must always fall back into the comfort of ignorance.
In association with the Edinburgh Art Festival