Charles Oppenheimer – His Art , summer exhibition 2019
June 22 @ 10:00 am - September 1 @ 5:00 pm£5.00
Charles Oppenheimer, his father a German Jewish immigrant and his mother a Scots Wee Free, was born in 1875 in Manchester where he grew up, studied and entered his family’s mosaic manufacturing business. A chance meeting in that city drew him in 1909, aged thirty three, to Kirkcudbright. His new career as an artist blossomed only to be interrupted by service at the front in the Great War. Returning in 1919 he lived in the town until his death in 1961.
A hill walker and angler he loved the outdoor life and found the superb light and the beautiful Galloway countryside a constant inspiration. He also painted in Italy, Switzerland and France producing some wonderful canvasses a number of which feature in this exhibition. His work demonstrates mastery of both oil and watercolour mediums.
Oppenheimer’s paintings are treasured possessions that are passed down the generations.
An artist of international reputation in his day, this show, drawn from both private and public collections, tells his life story and promotes anew his achievement not only to his strong following in Dumfries and Galloway and further afield in Scotland but also to new generations at home and abroad.
It will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue and Euan Robson’s book ‘Charles Oppenheimer From Craftsman to Artist’.
Gallery: Gallery Two, First Floor
Admission: £5.00 return ticket (visit this exhibition as many times as you like!) Free entry for under 18s, Art Fund members and Friends of Kirkcudbright Galleries.