French artist’s exhibition flies Close to the Wind

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CLOSE to the Wind, an exhibition of paintings by Delphine de Castellane, is on display in the Christopher Boyd Gallery at Old Gala House, Galashiels, until September 17.

A descendant of the Toulouse-Lautrec family, which produced the leading 19th century Post-Impressionist painter Henri de Toulouse, French-born Delphine studied painting at L’ecole de la Cambre in Brussels. She now lives near Melrose with her husband – Borders Party councillor Nicholas Watson – and their three children.

Delphine prefers to paint outdoors, directly onto paper or canvas, and her love of nature is evident in her renderings of farmyard animals, especially her paintings of chickens pecking at the soil and cows shading themselves under trees.

Her work has an unmistakably French feel to it, particularly in her use of bright colours and bold simple shapes.

“We are delighted to host a show of Delphine’s work,” said Scottish Borders Council’s visual arts officer Elizabeth Hume. “Her paintings are charming and can be enjoyed by people of all ages.”

The exhibition can be viewed from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am till 4pm.