Edward Twohig is a renowned artist specialising in printmaking, drawing and painting, who lives and works in the U.K. and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, in London and Head of Art at Marlborough College in Wiltshire, England. He has held two recent solo exhibitions in Azerbaijan. The first entitled 100 Views of Old City, Baku was held at the National Art Museum of Azerbaijan in 2017. His second, Old City in Seasonal Colour at the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (Chained House) in Old City, Baku, in July of 2018. Azeri inspired-works by this artist are held in the permanent collection at the British Museum and in the Embassy of Azerbaijan, in London and in the art galleries.
“Azeri Countryside in Painting and Printmaking” at the Qiz Qalasi Gallery (QGallery) in April 2019 explores this artist’s fascination with rhythm in line and colour and infuses aspects of the countryside in North Azerbaijan in all her seasons, in particular: Gabala, Goychay, Oghuz, Gakh, Shaki, Shamakhy and Gobustan as well as aspects of Azeri culture that inspires him.
The paintings and prints in QGallery bring to fruition a seven-year journey. It is Edward Twohig’s thirteenth visit to Baku.
From a recent article written by reviewer, Jess Reeve:
“Edward Twohig’s one metre squared canvases inspired by the very beautiful countryside of Azerbaijan are layered with thick oil brushstrokes that are irresistible to the eye and demand to be stroked and closely examined. They are as wet as wet can be, and as thick as thick can be. This manipulation of not only mark making, but also texture shows an innate love of the medium of oil paint and all of its attributes. These bold and dashing brushstrokes reach across the picture plane, reflecting a landscape that stretches beyond the limits of the canvas. Yet, like in his etchings, in many of the paintings, Edward Twohig has courageously employed unworked areas of canvas that hugely profit the atmospheric impression of his paintings. However, very unlike his etching, he uses spirited colours. The harmonious application of a warm purple next to a soft lemon yellow and other hot colours (that do not mud together but stay surprisingly pure), transport the viewer into the sweltering climate they are created in. The rainbow of drips that streak down the canvas are relics of the sizzling white spirit that evaporated into the air due to the 45ºc temperatures in summer.
The fearlessness of these works is only achieved by Edward Twohig’s total engrossment, enthusiasm and passion for the culture and landscape of Azerbaijan. We are most grateful to Mr Twohig for giving such an engaging talk as part of Visual Art Week at Marlborough College on his series of oil paintings that he created over the last seven years, whilst exploring Azerbaijan.”