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Paul Kennedy

Born in Glasgow in 1981, Paul’s talent was recognised early when at the age of twelve he won the competition to design the Edinburgh Festival Fringe poster. He went on to graduate from Edinburgh College of Art in 2004 and took the risky decision to become a full-time painter from his own studio in the Merchant City. Much of his work has been inspired by the city, depicting a narrative between the people and their surroundings. His paintings are strongly connected to experiences in his own life. Recently he has been more interested in the coast and countryside painting everything from boats and seafood to farm animals and machinery. When asked to paint a sheep at the Royal Highland Show Paul wanted to create designs that could relate to his own work as well as relate to agriculture at the same time. After looking through his paintings he decided that the best way forward for his design was to paint the sheep like he was just doing one of his everyday paintings. He decided to paint the beach in Lindisfarne in Cumbria. After many holidays to the Berwickshire coast he thought that painting Lindisfarne onto the sheep as a full canvas would work as it’s an environment where sheep are never far away. He painted the whole head and upper body blue with the picturesque beach and castle in the back ground with one of his signature boats on the lower part. This worked well as it made the sheep become it’s own environment.

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Daria Zapala

My name is Daria Zapala. I am a contemporary visual artist based in Glasgow who predominantly works with painting. Through my works, I demonstrate continued interest in the concept of semiotics, process painting and colour psychology. My paintings show the desire to capture the world in concepts and pictures. Referencing animal symbolism, I evoke a shamanic journey where the spirit animal is great at slicing through chaos and confusion, allowing for new levels of healing and transformation to breakthrough. My pictorial representation becomes a matter of creating a state of connection and understanding oneself. For the "Flock to the Show" project, I decided to follow the main thread from my creative practice, which focuses on understanding oneself. You get to know yourself not only by interacting with other people but also by how you live, what you eat and what kind of consciousness you have about the surrounding world. Hence, I painted my sheep with meat-identifying parts. This decision has several purposes based on ecology and eating meat, health and nutrition facts and sheep meat symbolism.

Daria Zapala Artist

Matt Vale

Matt Vale studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art graduating in 2004. Since this time Matt has exhibited work throughout Scotland and had illustrations published in zines and books. I was fascinated by the shifting influence sheep have had on the Scottish landscape and culture. My design references Chrysomallos, the golden ram from Greek mythology which is believed to be a representation of the wealth that farming brings. The image on the right side of the sheep was inspired by the waulking songs that were sung by groups of women while softening wool to be woven. The image on the left side of the sheep is an update of the arms of the Incorporation of Edinburgh Weavers including images of a beaver and a sea eagle, species that were native to Scotland, driven to extinction by humans but now reintroduced. I was inspired to use pink for the sheep by 1980’s golf wear, in particular the Nick Faldo range by Pringle.

Matt Vale