Presenting the inaugural exhibition in the newly opened Assembly Hall of Inverness Creative Academy. IV5 is a diverse exhibition from five contemporary artists based in the Inverness Creative Academy studios.

Artist Statements

Jenny Hepburn

Jenny Hepburn has been painting for 15 years. Her expressionistic work, in a variety of materials, focuses on the land and seascapes of the Highlands and Islands. Jenny Hepburn is a painter whose work is deeply influenced by the Scottish Highlands and Islands. She uses a variety of media including oil and acrylic, and sometimes found materials. Jenny explores the textures, patterns and colours of the landscape around here. Her paintings are expressionistic, often abstracted, capturing the feel of being out in nature. Jenny lives in Inverness and exhibits in galleries and venues in and around the city.

Martin Irish

Martin Irish was born in the medieval town of Shrewsbury, Shrophire. He is an abstract artist working in mixed media but primarily oils, on canvas and wood panels. Although his paintings are abstract, he is drawn to the majestic landscape around me here in this beautiful part of the world. Martin creates abstract pieces, evoking a mood, an atmosphere, a play with light and dark, inviting the viewer to come on a journey with and explore his world.

Robbie Mackintosh

As an artist who is a Christian, Robbie, a recent graduate from Moray School of art UHI, is seeking primarily to develop and portray the relationships between the world which is seen and that which is not seen. He does so in an abstract and broadly expressive way exploring both the spiritual and the natural styles and methods rooted in street art and culture.

Izzy Thomson

Izzy Thomson graduated from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen in 2016, with a First Class BA (Hons) in Painting. She was then selected for the year-long Graduate Residency at Leith School of Art in Edinburgh. Izzy returned to the Highlands and was awarded a Dewar Arts Award granting her a studio for a year in Wasps, Inverness Creative Academy, where she is still based now. Izzy has won several awards, which recently includes a self-directed residency, funded by the Visual Artist and Craft Makers Award 2021. This award enabled research into how to make paintings about the Cromarty Firth – its biodiversity, history, and folklore – using sustainable and biodegradable oil painting pigments and materials. To complement her painting practice, Izzy has worked across set design, illustration and bookmaking. She was also invited to paint a mural at the City Museum of Skopje, North Macedonia. Izzy has recently graduated from a funded place on Aardman Academy’s Stop Motion One Course.

Yelena Visemirska

Through the creative process Yelena Visemirska has gravitated towards the memories of places travelled and explored. Exploring places that have impacted her for better or for worse that have left an emotional imprint upon her being; from dirty, inner-city, back-streets to pristine Scottish, West Coast beaches, Croatian seascapes and Georgian mountain tops. The form of abstract art allows Yelena to process and express these memories and thoughts, many of which she have carried with me, on the inside, her whole life.


Event Details

Date: February 22 - March 31
Time: 9am - 5pm

Inverness Creative Academy
Midmills Building
Stephen's Street

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