Finlay Coupar

Littoral – Online Exhibition and in the Gallery until 14th October. To come into the gallery and get up close and personal with the pieces on show please make a booking. Book your visit here

Finlay Coupar profile portrait
Finlay Coupar profile portrait

All the work exhibited and on sale here has its origins in drawings of street debris trapped in gutters. Initially, these inspired a series of gouache paintings entitled ‘The Dreamlife of Debris(see images below) which explore and celebrate the pattern, colour and rhythms of the rubbish contained in the gratings.

The Dreamlife of Debris

'Homage' 56x56x1.5 cm. gouache on Bockingford
‘Homage’ 56 x 56 cm framed size. Gouache on Bockingford. £350
'Magenta Conglomerate' 56x56 gouache on Bockingford
‘Magenta Conglomerate’ 56 x 56 framed size. Gouache on Bockingford. £350
'Homage' 56x56x1.5 cm. gouache on Bockingford
‘Homage’ 56 x 56 cm framed size. Gouache on Bockingford. £350
'Fossilised Layers' 55 x 53 cm. gouache on Bockinford
‘Fossilised Layers’ 55 x 53 cm framed size. Gouache on Bockingford. £350
'Kaleidescopic Remains' 56x56x1.5 cm. gouache on Bockingford
‘Kaleidescopic Remains’ 56 x 56 cm framed size. Gouache on Bockingford. £350
'Geology of Rubbish' 56x60x1.5 cm. gouache on Bockingford
‘Geology of Rubbish’ 56 x 60 cm framed size. Gouache on Bockingford. £350
'Pietre Dure' 57x57x1.5 cm. gouache on Bockingford
‘Pietre Dure’ 57 x 57 cm. framed size. Gouache on Bockingford. £350
'Jasper Vein' 56x56x1.5 cm. goache on Bockingford
‘Jasper Vein’ 56 x 56 cm. framed size. Gouache on Bockingford.
£350
'Pink Stratum' 56x56x 1.5 cm. gouache on Bockingford
‘Pink Stratum’ 56 x 56 cm framed size. Gouache on Bockingford. £350

“I was interested in progressing these ideas with a little more dimensional qualities but in materials with more substance. I had been considering using card in low relief for some time, (see example below in Totem No. 3) so the idea of card, patterned with ink-jet printed designs and cut to shape seemed to provide an appropriate approach. In the more recent versions, I have also used paint in order to achieve more flexibility with pattern and more substantially in colour.”

Totem No. 3

'Totem 3' 29.5x63.5x7 cm. painted surfaces, cut card
‘Totem 3’ 29.5 x 63 cm framed size, the frame is a deep 5cm tray frame with glass. Media painted surfaces, cut card

Paths’ and ‘Trails’ and ‘Totems

“My initial explorations maintained the laminated composition and scale of the original painted images but proved too busy for the scale of the cut elements. Subsequently these morphed into linear images ‘Paths’ and ‘Trails’ and ‘Totems’ (see following images) which provided an appropriate balance of information to scale and proved the best format in conveying the rhythms and sense of movement I perceived in the discarded debris.”

'Totem 2' 62.5 x 28.5 x 7 cm. painted surfacwes, cut card
‘Totem 2’
62.5 x 28.5 x 7 cm. Framed size
Painted surfaces, cut card
£350.00
'Totem to Abandonment 2' 84.5x39x7 cm. painted surfaces, cut card
‘Totem to Abandonment No. 2’ 84.5 x 39 x 7 cm framed size. Media; painted surfaces, cut card. £600
totem 1 62 x 29 x7cm. painted surfaces, cut card
‘Totem 1’ 62 x 29 x7cm Framed size. painted surfaces, cut card £350
large pathway 1. 123 x 48 x7cm. painted surfaces, cut card
Large pathway No. 1. 123 x 48 x 7 cm framed size. Media; painted surfaces, cut card £750
'Totem 21' 63.5x29.5x7 cm. cpainted surfaces, cut card
‘Totem 21’ 63.5 x 29.5 x 7 cm framed size. Media; painted surfaces, cut card £350
'Twin Traces'. 37x62x7 c.m printed surfaces , cut card
‘Twin Traces’ 37 x 62 x 7 cm framed size. Media; Printed surfaces , cut card. £350
'Trail of Rejection 2' 26x87x7cm. painted surfaces , cut card
‘Trail of Rejection No. 2’ 26 x 87 x 7 cm framed size. Media Painted surfaces , cut card. £350
'Discarded 2'
‘Discarded No. 2’ framed. Media; Painted surfaces, cut card £300

“This depiction of disposed material as a trace of human passing, also seemed to have resonances with notions of human dispersal and as the work progressed the sense of horizontal and vertical movement corresponded with my sense of human flight and departure and became tributes to notions of exodus and migration. These allusions are referenced in the individual titles: ‘Paths’, ‘Trails’ and ‘Totems’ and in the series title: ‘Diaspora’.”

'Spring Hedge' 52x62x7 cm. painted surfaces , cut card
‘Spring Hedge’ 52 x 62 x 7 cm framed size. Media; Painted surfaces , cut card. £450
'Discarded 1
‘Discarded No. 1. Media; Painted surfaces, cut card. £300
'Totem 10' 9.5x62.5x7 cm. painted surfaces cut card
‘Totem No. 10’ 95 x 62.5 x 7 cm framed size. Media: Painted surfaces cut card. £350
'Specimen 1' 61x31x7 cm. painted surfaces,cut card
‘Specimen No. 1’ 61 x 31 x 7 cm. painted surfaces,cut card
Follow the Yellow Brick Road.
Follow-the-Yellow-Brick-Road.
63 x 65 x 7 cm. Framed Size.
Media; Printed-surfaces-and-cut-card.
£350

“More recently my ideas have mutated in a number of different directions all using cut card relief:In ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ (shown here) I was reflecting on the way debris gets blown to edges and I explore a compositional form reflecting this, where the focus is on the margins of the image and the centre is left relatively neutral . In ‘Barriers’ I use a single band of low relief to explore natural and man-made enclosures in the local environment. In ‘Discarded’ and ‘Specimen’ I returned to the notion of containment to explore the way that the elements could be imbued with a sense of preciousness. While finally in ‘Reliquaries’ this containment has been taken a stage further to reflect an implied significance to the trapped elements.”