Balbirnie House Hotel recieves and displays artwork by Archie Forrest to celebrate 25 years as one of Scotland’s top wedding destinations
Balbirnie House Hotel in Markinch has received a series of artwork by one of Scotland’s top artists to celebrate 25 years of its status as a premier wedding destination.
The hotel has today (Friday, 13 October) unveiled the oil painting entitled ‘Wildflowers, Balbirnie’, alongside six other pieces – created by colourist Archie Forrest – in tribute to the venue’s success during its first quarter of a century in operation.
The project was initiated by hotel owners Nicholas and Gaynor Russell in 2015 – a year after Forrest’s daughter was married at Balbirnie – culminating in a seven-piece collection gifted by the artist to be displayed in the hotel’s newly-renovated Drawing Room.
Forrest says ‘Wildflowers, Balbirnie’ was inspired by the time he spent in the grounds of the hotel and was completed in the his Glasgow studio over the course of two months.
He said: “The natural growth of Balbirnie needs no false elaboration. Everything realised has been the result of passion, input, self-determination, and a desire to improve on all fronts.
“Profits are reinvested to ensure benefits for all. That is what I realised, and am happy to support in any way I can, for the benefit of Scottish hospitality and tourism.”
Nicholas Russell said: “This project is in tribute to our work colleagues at Balbirnie House Hotel, 25 years of such amazing memories of working in hospitality. Additionally, it is also a commemorative recognition of all the occasions and special events which have taken place. We pass our sincere gratitude to Archie Forrest, and all involved.
“Gaynor and I visited Archie Forrest in his studio, when ‘Wildflowers, Balbirnie’ was in progress. It was an unforgettable occasion. The artist said to us that morning, ‘I love Scotland’s Hospitality. I love great food, great wines, and great celebrations. That is what this painting is all about. It’s about capturing that energy. It’s also about recognising that when we set out to create any project, it’s about doing justice itself to the complete project.”
The collection was officially revealed by Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp, who is the founder and CEO of business group and think tank Business for Scotland.
He said: “I am delighted to visit Balbirnie House, to officially open such a positive addition for Scotland’s Hospitality and Tourism sector. The artwork is absolutely fantastic, and the room itself has such a beautiful serenity. Well done Balbirnie House, Scotland’s 2016 National Hotel of the Year just got even better.”
About artist Archie Forrest
Born in Glasgow in 1950, Forrest attended Glasgow School of Art between 1969 and 1973 prior to becoming a tutor there for seven years. In 1985, he gave up his teaching so that he could devote his time to painting.
Forrest was elected a Member of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts in 1988 and has been a regular exhibitor there and the Royal Scottish Academy since 1975. He has won numerous awards for both his painting and sculpture. Examples of his work can be found in private and corporate collections worldwide.