SKIDS FRONTMAN TO EXHIBIT IN OLD FIRE STATION
Artist Richard Jobson, of the punk rock band, Skids, is currently preparing for his first ever solo exhibition of photographs and video projections in his home town of Dunfermline.
The exhibition, ‘LAND, SEA AND SKY’ – a title borrowed from the lyrics of Skids hit ‘Into The Valley’ – will deal primarily with the childhood vistas of his native Fife.
“Landscapes and Seascapes are embedded in our memories and our sense of identity. They form us, influence how we see the world and forever remain with us. Fifescapes might not have the imposing, romantic majesty of the West Highlands or Cairngorms but they do have intrigue and mystery: a world alive with stories. My earliest memories are of walking the hills above the mining village of Ballingry and along shorelines from Aberdour to St Andrews and some of my happiest childhood days were spent participating in the natural theatre of this incredible environment.” says Richard.
The exhibition will take place in the old, Art Deco fire station which was reborn as a community art centre with gallery, studios and cafe in July 2015. Gallery curator, Ian Moir, at Fire Station Creative says,
“We’re really privileged to have Richard exhibit with us. It’ll a be huge deal for the whole town. He’s a phenomenally talented person who has experienced a level of success that eludes most people. Having now worked in many artistic mediums – music, film, poetry, photography – he’s distinguished himself as a true renaissance man. The standard of his photographic work is exceptionally high and he has that most essential component of all, a clear artistic vision.”
Jobson reflects on his past and considers how this has informed his work.
“My Father, a coal-miner, was a keen walker and thankfully he handed that joy onto me. I now wonder if his relationship with the land, the sea and the sky was a response to spending so much of his life underground. A need for light, the air, and the acknowledgement that the world that surrounded him offered something beautiful that was simple and free to all of us. My life has certainly not been as tough as his but I’ve walked the same ancient paths and looked at the same distant horizons and felt the same wonderment at being part of the elements and feeling the elements become part of me.
I’ve tried to capture these horizons from fields, pathways and seascapes in images I recorded in Fife over the past 10 years. The suggestion of something unknown lying ahead is anchored by a gravity from the very permanence of the land. These images are as much about roots as they are about possibilities and adventure. What lies ahead? What was left behind? These Fifescapes are in my bones and have influenced everything I have ever tried to do creatively and have always been with me as I journeyed through life.”
The rock star is relishing the prospect of having his first solo exhibition in Fife, the source of his inspiration.
“When presented with this opportunity by Ian Moir at Fire Station Creative and encouraged by Thomas Moffat at Visit Dunfermline to take a chance and exhibit a very private ongoing project, it became impossible to refuse. I love where I come from without any political attachment or agenda. I’ve always seen Fifers as rural and elemental with an eye on the horizon to the distant North European shores where our ancestors mixed, traded and swapped stories.
They, and we, have always been keen to engage with the wider world with the wonderful knowledge that there was always somewhere to return to called home.”
The exhibition will run from the 8th – 31st of July.
Free entry. Wed – Sat: 10am – 5pm. Sun: 11am – 4pm. Mon/Tues: closed.
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