Plastic pastorals


Press release

Gregor Laird's Plastic Pastorals, his third formal exhibition revels in combining traditional countryside vistas with retina-scorching colours led by a designer's aesthetic. His diverse career history as a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, make-up artist and DJ are all synthesised into a style that gives a wink and a knowing nod to the humorous graffiti of Jean-Michel Basquiat and the cool detachment of Ed Ruscha.

'Bonnie Scotland' is often fetishized into a romantic ideal, such as the canvases by the 18th Century Romantics or postcards by the likes of Colin Prior. It is this unrealistic vision that Laird takes as his inspiration for 'Plastic Pastorals'. This set of images are as flat, glossy and kitsch as anything sold in Scottish tourist shops, except these illustrations mix an imagined airbrushed arcadia with a very real sense of urban decay.

The exhibition ran from Tue 7 Oct - Sun 9 Nov 2008 at Q Gallery, Glasgow

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Plastic Pastorals 1

Plastic Pastorals Gallery view 2

Plastic Pastorals Gallery view wall square

Plastic Pastorals Gallery view glass

Plastic Pastorals Gallery view glass2

Plastic Pastorals Gallery view deer

Plastic Pastorals Gallery view a board

Plastic Pastorals Gallery view cow

Plastic Pastorals Gallery view trees


Plastic Pastorals 3

Ben Lomond (gloss green, yellow & black), mixed media

Plastic Pastorals 4

Ben Nevis (acid green), mixed media

Plastic Pastorals 13

Inverlochy (fluoro pink & green), mixed media

Plastic Pastorals 14

Inverlochy (grey), mixed media

Plastic Pastorals 15

Inverlochy (pink, purple & grey), mixed media

Plastic Pastorals 16

Inverlochy with gasometer (gloss magenta, green, orange & yellow), gloss vinyl

Plastic Pastorals 17

Inverlochy with gasometer (white), mixed media

Plastic Pastorals Glenfalloch painting

Red deer at Glenfalloch (magenta), mixed media

Plastic Pastorals Kyle of Lochalsh painting

Kyle of Lochalsh (fluoro yellow), mixed media

Plastic Pastorals Loch Katrine painting

Loch Katrine (blood red), mixed media

Plastic Pastorals Cairngorms painting

Cairngorms (magenta), mixed media

Plastic Pastorals Glencoe illustration

Glencoe (gloss black), mixed media

Plastic Pastorals Glencoe drawing

Glencoe (pink & blue gradient), mixed media



Plastic Pastorals Hells Glen painting

Hell's Glen (orange), mixed media

Plastic Pastorals Loch Earn

Highland cows at Loch Earn (green), mixed media

Plastic Pastorals Loch Earn painting

Highland cows at Loch Earn (white rain), mixed media

Plastic Pastorals Loch Katrine illustration

Loch Katrine (acid yellow), mixed media

Plastic Pastorals Loch Earn modern Scottish landscape

Highland cows at Loch Earn with pylons (various greens), mixed media

Plastic Pastorals Loch Earn painting

Highland cows at Loch Earn with pylons, mixed media

Scottish landscape modern sketch

Plastic Pastorals preparatory sketch, mixed media

Scotland Highlands modern sketch

Plastic Pastorals preparatory sketch, mixed media