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Anderson Strathern installation

19th January 2016

Tatha Gallery - 'Unburdened Realities'

I dropped my work off at the Tatha Gallery yesterday and discovered a stunning gallery on the banks of the river Tay, looking across to Dundee. Helen has created a beautiful space and a very welcoming atmosphere and I very much look forward to next week's opening and seeing my work hanging together with those of Rosalind Lawless and Joy Arden.

Tatha is delighted to welcome Jamie Scott Master Chef winner 2014 to The Newport
Jamie’s love for producing unique food ties in well with the ethos that we follow at Tatha. His medium is everyday ingredients prepared to an impeccably high standard. There is a tale behind every dish, a reason for every herb. In his own way he is an artist of cuisine.
As his first introduction to The Newport we are delighted that he is preparing some abstract taster foods to complement the exquisite abstract show.

The Day Begins

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19th January 2016

W. Gordon Smith Award
Dovecot Galleries

I was very pleased to have had my work 'Through October' accepted for this innaugural Exhibition celebrating the life of W. Gordon Smith, Scotland on Sunday’s art and theatre critic and columnist for many years. W. Gordon Smith generously wrote about my early work several times in his columns and so it is of particular pleasure to me that I should have a work in this show. It really is an excellent exhibition and while not everything is to my taste, the quality of the work throughout is very high.

The Day Begins

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5th May 2015

127th Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition

I'm very happy to have heard today that my work 'Edge of Winter' has been selected for inclusion in this year's Annual Exhibition at Paisley Museum and Art Galleries.

The Day Begins

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30th March 2015

Anderson Strathern: Artist in Residence

I am delighted to have been invited by Anderson Strathern to be their 'Artist in Residence' for 2015-2016. I am grateful to all concerned for their interest and support.Anderson Strathern Boardroom

'Anderson Strathern is a leading Scottish firm of solicitors with offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and East lothian advising individuals, families, businesses, charities and public bodies.

With 57 partners, over 300 staff, and seven solicitor advocates, our clients view us as their specialist partners and business minded advisers rather than just solicitors. We demonstrate this by creating innovative but effective solutions to complex problems, working with our clients to achieve their vision. The success of our approach was reinforced by Anderson Strathern being 'Highly Commended' in the FT Innovative Lawyers Report.

       Anderson Strathern looking North to the Kingdom of Fife       Anderson Strathern Reception Area

We have top tier rankings in the leading legal directories, Legal 500 and Chambers UK, and many of our lawyers are Law Society of Scotland ‘Accredited Specialists’.'

Anderson Strathern is the only law firm in Scotland accredited to IIP Gold standard.

Anderson Strathern Website

26th January 2015

VAS:T 2015

Visual Arts Scotland Annual Open Exhibition

I'm very happy to be exhibiting this painting at VAS:T 20015 (Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition) at the Royal Scottish Academy galleries in Edinburgh. The painting is only small, so it'll take some finding in the huge space of the Upper Galleries!

The Day Begins

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26th January 2015

Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour

The 134th Annual Open Exhibition

I'm delighted that 'Silent Tide' has been chosen by one of the poets as her subject for the Words On Canvas event on THURSDAY 29 JANUARY at 5.00pm in the RSA galleries.

The Silent Tide The Silent Tide gallery installation

26th January 2015

Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour

The 134th Annual Open Exhibition

Sticks and Stones gallery installation Sticks and Stones gallery installation Sticks and Stones gallery installation The Silent Tide gallery installation The Silent Tide gallery installationRain at Sea gallery installation

12th January 2015

Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour
The 134th Annual Open Exhibition

I'm very much looking forward to this year's Annual RSW exhibition which this year will take over the entire upper floor of the RSA GAlleries at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. Invited work includes the late Alan Davie and artists from China and Italy. Opens on Friday 16th January 2015.

I'm very happy to have three paintings in the show.

Sticks and Stones Rain at Sea The Silent Tide

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11th January 2015

Archive works for sale

These two paintings dating from 1992/3 have recently been made available for sale
Please get in touch if you are interested.

Summer Fields

10th December 2014

Society of Scottish Artists
The 117th Annual Open Exhibition

I'm delighted that 'Down the Other Air' has been selected for this year's Annual Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.

Down the Other Air Red Headland Red Headland Red Headland

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July 10th 2014

Nitra State Gallery, Slovakia

New Bridges 11 + 11 2014

11 SSA Members + 11 Slovak Artists

The SSA regularly exhibits work from artists drawn from many areas overseas, including Slovakia, Poland, USA, Canada, India, Africa, Europe and Japan. This is part of its continuing drive to create networks and exhibiting opportunities amongst artists worldwide.

In July of this year, eleven artists affiliated with the Society will exhibit in the Nitra State Gallery in Slovakia as part of 'New Bridges 11+11 2014', a further example of the valuable ongoing exchange with artists in this country.

The New Bridges 11+11 artists are: Gayle Nelson PSSA; Sharon Quigley VPSSA; Louise Ritchie PPSSA; Christopher Wood PPSSA RSW; Nan Mulder SSA; Leena Nammari SSA; Norman McBeath SSA; Alan Kilpatrick SSA; David Faithfull; Paul Furneaux SSA RSA and Alastair Clark SSA.

Sea Green Broken Edge Water's Edge Low Tide
Leaves of The Sea The Weather Turned Around

Exhibition Tour

Palffy Palace
(on Zámocká Street)
3rd September – 30th September 2014 Opening day 3rd September 18.00

House of Art
10th November – 30th November 2014 Opening day 10th November 17.00

The Gallery of Miloš Alexander Bazovský (GMAB)
27th February – 19th April 2015 Opening day 27th February 17.00

Wednesday 18th June 2014

Limited Edition Giclée Prints

I was recently asked by a friend to create a set of Giclée Prints for a new cafe space in the centre of Edinburgh. They have been produced by a specialist fine-art photographer and printer in Edinburgh and I am delighted by how well they have turned out. Giclée Prints are the result of highly advanced digital printing technology and are printed using lightfast inks* on heavy (310gsm) acid-free textured paper. Reproduced at more or less the same size as the original paintings, they are available in editions of 75 (+5 artist's proofs).

If you would like to see any of these prints framed on the wall and you happen to be in Edinburgh, why not drop in and have a look. They are available to view (and purchase) at Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, EH1 3EG at the East End of Princes Street [website]. Also, they are available by mail order direct from this site here.

More information...

Sea Lines Sound of Gulls Light Breaks Winter Crimson Edge Edge of the Sea

Friday 9th May 2014

Paisley Art Institute 126th Annual Exhibition: The Smithy Gallery Prize

I'm delighted that my work 'The Weather Turned Around' has been awarded the Smithy Gallery Prize at the Paisley Art Institute's 126th Annual Exhibition. Having suffered something of a set-back when my courier failed to deliver works to both the RSW and the Aberdeen Artist's Society Annual exhibitions, I was pleased enough that both my works had arrived safely and thereafter been accepted for Paisley, let alone winning a prize for one of them!  So my thanks go to Natalie Harrison, owner of the Smithy Gallery in Blanefield, for choosing my work.

The PAI exhibition runs from 17th May through to 22nd June and includes some of the best exhibiting artists in Scotland, so please get along if you're in the area.

Paisley Museum & Art Galleries 17th May - 22nd June

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Friday 9th May 2014

Scottish Business Awards Ceremony at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)

Monday 12th May 2014

I'm very happy to be including my painting 'Three Days' in the charity fund-raising auction at this year's annual Scottish Business Awards Ceremony.

The Scottish Business Awards 2014, sponsored by Virgin Money, is attended annually by more than 1,600 people from the business community and has developed a reputation as the premier event in the business calendar. The evening will be hosted by internationally acclaimed comedian Michael McIntyre. The awards evening aims to recognise excellence in Scottish business and celebrate those who are building and leading dynamic businesses in Scotland. By recognising the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, the evening encourages enterprise and entrepreneurialism in future generations of Scottish business.

Sir Richard Branson will take part in an open Q&A hosted by legendary journalist and news presenter, Alastair Stewart. Sir Richard will focus on social and responsible business behaviour and offer his views on how business can be a force for good and why doing business in an ethical manner is so important to achieving strong and enduring financial results. He follows a prestigious list of Scottish Business Awards speakers including President Bill Clinton and Sir Bob Geldof.

This year’s event aims to break through the £1 million mark in funds raised for charity in just 3 years. This year’s charity auction will include some fantastic prizes to enable that to be achieved, and the funds raised at this year’s event will benefit charities including The Scottish Social Business and Microfinance Fund, Scottish Business in the Community and Virgin Unite.

Scottish Business Awards website

Wednesday 23rd April 2014

The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour

3rd OPEN Annual Summer Exhibition

The Meffan Institute, 20 West High Streety, Forfar, DD8 1BB
10th May - 7th June

I'm very sorry to say that, due to the failure of my courier to deliver my work on time for this exhibition (or for Aberdeen Artist's Society), regrettably I will not be represented in this year's exhibition. However, it should be another great exhibition nonetheless so if you're in the area, do please drop in.

Wednesday 20th November 2013

The Royal Scottish Academy


I am delighted that 'Light Breaks' (below) has been selected for exhibition at the 2013 RSA Open at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.

Drawing from artists across the whole of Scotland and beyond, this exhibition in the RSA's Lower Galleries showcases a wide range of small and medium sized works (80cm in any direction) selected through open submission and includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and photographs. This year 1251 submissions of work were received and 371 have been selected for the exhibition—just under 30%.

Eagerly anticipated by artists from across the country, there is always a diverse and exciting variety of works on show. With a large range of well-priced works and the availability of the ever-popular Own Art scheme, this exhibition is a terrific opportunity to make a purchase from this prestigious exhibition just in time to get on the walls for Christmas!

Light Breaks

Wednesday 6th November 2013

The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
152nd Annual Exhibition

I am very pleased that 'Water's Edge' (below) has been selected for exhibition at the 2013 RGI exhibition in Glasgow.

On 10 November 2013 the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts will open the McLellan Galleries to the public for the first time in 7 years, and welcome thousands of visitors to the biggest contemporary art exhibition in Scotland.

To mark this landmark event for the RGI, and for Scotland, the usual exhibition visitor admission fee has been dropped - making the exhibition free for all to enjoy.

By reopening the galleries and staging an exhibition of exceptional quality and variety, the RGI hopes to ignite public and political passion for the McLellan Galleries and see this incredible cultural asset permanently reinstated as major venue for arts in Scotland.

The exhibition will feature artworks by the UK’s best-known artists showing alongside an impressive array of selected entries by established and emerging artists from across the UK. And, for the first time in its history, the exhibition will feature fine art photography.

“The RGI Annual remains a highlight of Scotland’s culture calendar and this year the exhibition will be bigger, better and more varied than ever before, there really will be something for everyone”
Karin Currie, President

Sea Lines

Thursday 8th August 2013

The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2013

I am delighted that 'Sea Lines' (below) has been shortlisted for the most prestigious watercolour competition in the UK and one of the biggest in Europe. With prize money totalling £18000 The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition continues to be hugely popular with artists, gallery visitors and readers of The Sunday Times alike. Now in its 26th year the Competition aims to celebrate and reward excellence and originality in the medium of watercolour.

After two rounds of judging, and from a total of almost 800 entries, 83 works will be exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London. During the exhibition there will be a series of free workshops and demonstrations by past and current exhibitors.

16-21 September -  Exhibition at Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 10am-5pm
October 2013 – January 2014 - Exhibition tour

Sea Lines

Monday 25th March 2013

SSA, RSW and VAS installation shots

Among the Squawking Birds
Among the Squawking Birds Among the Squawking Birds

Wednesday 20th March 2013

Rites of Spring

Thursday 21 March, 5.30 – 7.30 Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, EH2 2EL

Please join us for this special fund-raising celebration during our annual exhibition. With a glass of wine, this is a fantastic opportunity to parade in the RSA galleries and enjoy works exhibited by the SSA, RSW and VAS

A £50 raffle ticket will buy you an original work by a leading Scottish artist – hiding amongst the prizes are works by the likes of John C Brown, Liz Douglas, Alison Dunlop, Joyce Gunn Cairns, Charles MacQueen, Catriona Mann, Janet Melrose, Gordon Mitchell, Nan Mulder, Nicola Murray, Philip Reeves, Elaine Schemilt, Christine Woodside … Or you can join the excitement of the auction of a unique John Bellany drawing.

The galleries will be alive with music too, from Blueflint, bringing you sweet-voiced Americana, to classical guitar and violins, Northumbrian pipes and Project Moonbase who will play a Spring-themed set from futures past and present. Please buy tickets for yourself and as many friends as possible. It is only through your support that the three societies can continue to exhibit in these prestigious and beautiful galleries, which were, after all, built as a shared public facility.

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Tuesday 5th March 2013

Society of Scottish Artists: Mosty/Bridges International Exchange Project

Civic Reception at Edinburgh City Chambers for members of the Society of Scottish Artists and Slovak artists taking part in the Mosty/Bridges SSA International Exchange Project

Against the Tide Society of Scottish Artists: Mosty/Bridges International Exchange Project
photos ©Norman McBeath 2013

Left photo: The Rt Hon Donald Wilson (Edinburgh's Lord Provost and Honorary SSA Vice-President); our Slovak guests Zora Petrášová, Igor Benca, Karol Felix and Robert Jancovic; Louise Ritchie (SSA President), Christopher Wood (SSA Past President), Richard Demarco (SSA Honorary President) Alastair Clark, (Deputy Director , Edinburgh Printmakers), Julia Douglas Usher (SSA Administrator), Nan Mulder (SSA Council Member and Slovak Exchange co-ordinator), Leena Nammari (SSA Council Member), Laura Greassani (representing the Scottish Arts Club), Charis Edward Wells (SSA intern), Norman McBeath, Alan Kilpatrick, Terry Ann Newman and Viola Libiaková. Photo©Norman McBeath

Friday 1st March 2013

It was a great night last night at the Private View of the three Scottish Societies at the Royal Scottish Academy. I'm delighted that 'Against the Tide' was purchased early in the evening from the Society of Scottish Artists, and will soon be joining the Aberdeen Asset Management Art Collection.

Against the Tide

Friday 22nd January 2013

I am very pleased to have had work selected for both the SSA and VAS Open Exhibitions at the Royal Scottish Academy, and also to be included in the RSW Annual Open Exhibition. I was part of the team hanging the SSA exhibition again this year, so have had a preview of the three exhibitions which all maintain the usual high standard and continue to showcase the amazing breadth and depth of work being produced in Scotland today. They open to the public on Friday the 1st March and entrance remains free.

The 116th Annual Exhibition of the Society of Scottish Artists

The Royal Scottish Academy Upper Galleries, the Mound, Edinburgh

1st March – 24th March

Against the Tide Among the Squawking Birds
The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour 133rd Annual Exhibition

The Royal Scottish Academy Upper Galleries, the Mound, Edinburgh

1st March – 24th March

The Weather Turned Around Foreshore

Visual Art Scotland

The Royal Scottish Academy Lower Galleries, the Mound, Edinburgh

1st March – 24th March


Friday 11th January 2013

A Ragged Line

The Meffan Museum and Art Gallery
12th January - 9th February 2013   Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm

Meffan Museum and Art Gallery 2013

Meffan Museum and Art Gallery 2013
Meffan Museum and Art Gallery 2013 Meffan Museum and Art Gallery 2013

Tuesday 18th September

The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition

I am delighted that 'Remains of the Day' (below) has been selected for exhibition in the 2012 ING Discerning Eye competition.

Sponsored by ING Commercial Banking, this is an exhibition of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from the art world: two artists, two collectors and two critics. The charm of The ING Discerning Eye exhibition lies in the unpredictability and variety of the selectors' choices. Works of lesser-known artists hang alongside those of more established artists helping to connect hundreds of new artists with new audiences.

Remains of the Day
Remains of the Day, Mixed Media on Card, 5.75 x 8.25 inches, 15 x 21 cm

The Mall Galleries
The Mall

Opening hours
Daily, 10am – 5pm during exhibitions (unless otherwise stated), including Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.


Wednesday 12th September

The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
151st Annual Exhibition

I'm very pleased that both my paintings have been selected for this year's Annual Exhibition of the RGI.

High Ground Spindrift

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Monday 13th August 2012

christopher wood rsw - new work

Exterior of the gallery Interior shot of the gallery The gallery bathed in morning sunshine Interior shot of the gallery Interior shot of the gallery Exterior of the gallery

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11th August - 22nd September 2012

immersion - new work by christopher wood rsw

Among the Squawking Birds Sound of Gulls Rain-wet Shore

Georgina Coburn had a sneak preview of this exhibition and has written a great introduction. Read it here... 'Immersion - The Art of Christopher Wood'

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Monday 16th July 2012
Sunday Times Watercolour competition

I've just heard that one of my latest works 'Down the Other Air' has been selected for the Sunday Times watercolour competition exhibition

This Winter Light

This year the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition celebrates 25 years of championing the diversity and beauty of the medium of watercolour. Generously sponsored by Smith & Williamson, the competition celebrates all works produced in water-based mediums, whether abstract or figurative, contemporary or traditional. From a submission of a thousand entries, 92 works by 72 artists have been selected for exhibition. During the exhibition there will be a series of demonstrations to mark the 25th anniversary of this prestigious competition.

The 2012 panel of selectors are: Anthony Green, Artist; Penny Johnson CBE, Director, Government Art Collection; Desmond Shawe-Taylor CVO, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures; Dr Kim Sloan, Curator, Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum; and Frank Whitford, Critic and Writer, Sunday Times.  

For details of artists' workshops during the exhibition please contact Parker Harris on 01372 462190 or

17 - 22 September 2012
Mall Galleries
The Mall, London, SW1

Open 10am-5pm daily, free entry


Thursday 17th May 2012
RSW Summer Exhibition
Rowallan Castle Award

Evening shadows

I am delighted to have won this prestigious prize at this year's RSW Summer Exhibition at the Maclaurin Art Galleries in Ayr.

Maclaurin Art Galleries
Rozelle Park
Monument Road, Ayr KA7 4NO
Mon – Sat 10 – 5, Sun 12 – 5 Closed Tuesdays

Wednesday 16th May 2012


IT IS with great sadness that the family and Friends of George Wyllie announce the death of renowned Scots artist and writer, George Wyllie.

George Wyllie died in hospital in Inverclyde on Tuesday May 15 at the age of 90 following a short illness.

The artist, a resident of Gourock for over 50 years, was best known for his Straw Locomotive and Paper Boat ‘social sculptures’. He famously described himself as a ‘scul?tor’ because he claimed that the question mark was too important to be left to the end.

Arts writer Jan Patience, chair of the Friends of George Wyllie said: "George Wyllie was a remarkable artist who reached out beyond the confines of the art gallery scene and connected with real people all over the world through his thought-provoking art.

"He had the knack of making you ask questions, of not accepting the status quo. His mind was constantly enquiring, and his art was constantly pushing out barriers. That is his legacy."

George was President of the Society from 1986-1989

George's Funeral is to be held at 11.00am Wednesday 23rd May 2012 at the Greenock Crematorium PA16 8UG

Furher information:

Tribute to George Wyllie by Jan Patience in The Herald [link]

Tuesday 14th February 2012
A tip 'o the hat in Duncan Macmillan's review of the RSW

This Winter Light

'With veils of blue and black creating moody meteorology, Christopher Wood exploits the special quality of watercolour with real skill and to good effect.'

Duncan Macmillan, Scotsman 7th February 2012

read the full review...

Wednesday 9th February 2012
Another reminder that the precarious position that the Societies find themselves in was imposed upon them

RSA Exhibitions Review by Duncan Macmillan in The Scotsman newspaper

Big Societies: Why Scottish painters deserve better

Three professional bodies – which represent artists who create the kind of work people actually want to own – deserve better than being crammed together into one building for a few weeks each year. By Duncan Macmillan

THE Society of Scottish Artists (SSA), the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) and Visual Arts Scotland (VAS) are once again exhibiting together in the Royal Scottish Academy. Some time ago the three societies got together to form the Exhibiting Societies of Scottish Artists (ESSA), an umbrella organisation to negotiate for the venue and raise money to help cover the cost. They are holding an auction later in the year to try to secure the rent for the RSA next year, but nothing is certain. The cost is high, but that in turn also limits them to a short month of exhibition time which, in a vicious circle, limits their earnings. It’s worth remembering that the building we call the RSA was originally known simply as “the Building for the Societies”. They were different societies to those that now need space, no doubt, but the intention was clear. The building was for general cultural use and was to be inclusive. The National Galleries of Scotland, which now runs the venue, should not sit by complacently if any of these societies were to go to the wall. Nor indeed should Edinburgh City Council. In Glasgow the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (RGI) rents the Mitchell Library from the city for a more manageable rent, as it takes the space on its own, and for quite a long period.

read the full review on the Scotsman Website here...

Monday 7th February 2012
An unexpected 'thank you'

At this year's SSA awards ceremony I was very touched to be honoured by the Society with a special 'thank you' in recognition of my efforts over the last few years. This came as a complete surprise and I would like to thank Louise, the Council and the entire membership. I look forward to making use of the gift (a printmaking course at Edinburgh Printmakers) later this year.

Sunday 27th November 2011

One of my latest paintings has been selected for exhibition at the RSA Annual Open Exhibition which is open from 12 November 2011 - 18 December 2011.

Drop of Dusk
Drop of Dusk

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Saturday 12th November 2011

Presidency of the Society of Scottish Artists (SSA)

It has been my great privilege to be so closely associated for so long with the extraordinary group of artists and collaborators that makes up the Society of Scottish Artists. However, after nearly eight years on Council, three as Vice-President and two as President, I think it is safe to say I have done my time. Although sad to be leaving something that has been such a large part of my life for so long, I am very happy to be handing the governance of the SSA into the very capable hands of Louise Ritchie and Gayle Nelson as President and Vice-President respectively.

It has been a great pleasure to work alongside Louise for the last two years and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank her for all her support and great humour during this time. I would also like to thank Noreen and the many members of Council I have worked with over the last eight years for all their dedication and commitment.

I am confident that Louise and Gayle, together with the support of the Council and Julia, our newly appointed administrator, will rise to these challenges and turn their great creative energies to advancing the aims and traditions of the Society in new and interesting ways.

Christopher Wood PPSSA