In just over 30 years Aleksander Zyw has moved from microscope to meteor. His work is an elusive blend oi complexity and simplicity, a series at experiments, variations on a theme.

Zyw’s long career (he is now 80) has been touched by the colour and plein air painting of Paris in the 1930’s, by his appointment as otticial warartlst to the troops at his homeland, Poland, and by his adopted countries oi Scotland and Italy. The latter was to win his affection and after many years ot residence in the Dean Village, Edinburgh, he was linally enticed to live among the warm olive groves.

Though large in size, taking up almost the entire upstairs space at the Gallery oi Modern Art, the exhibition oi his work since 1957 ‘The Nature oi Painting’, clearly shows the limitations on source material he has imposed on himsell. Zyw's tireless examinations oi the natural, spiritual and aesthetic were carried out with the help oi only a handlul oi objects. His earliest series in the exhibition, was inspired by the tinted microscopic slides ot science. The vine and tern watercolours in bright Kandinsky colours are repeated, deliciously painted in thick, creamy oils. Vine lll glows with the red and orange of autumn and tire, while Vine It looks cool in the mauve and yellow oi spnng.

In the late sixties, Zyw moved on to study two pieces at olive wood. His paintings reveal images which appear to have been locked in their very nature —the subtle colours ot ageing bone

.luly. Zyw‘s work from the Fifties to the Eighties has been an investigation of nature. painting and the greater forces ofspirit. Resident in Edinburgh’s Dean Village for many years. this Polish artist has followed a course apart from the trends and fashions of the art world and has carved a unique position for his painting. See panel. 0 GATEWAY EXCHANGE 2-4 Abbeymount. 661 0982. Mon—Sat Ilium—5pm. Nicaragua Sobrevivra! Until Mon 21 July. Photographic impressions from a coitee-picking brigade. O GLADSTONE’S LAND GALLERY 483 Lawnmarket. 226 5856. Mon—Sat Ilium—4.30pm. Sun 2—4.30pm. Aspects of Landscape Tue l—Thurs 31 July. Richard Aired. Peter Barton. Eric 1 Iuntly have contributed paintings. Kirstie Colam shows her embroideries and Janet Adam her pottery. 0 HANOVER FINE ARTS 104 Hanover Street. 225 2450. Summer Mixed Exhibition Sat 5 July—Tue 5 Aug. Thirty Scottish contemporary artists have

contributed to this show.

Edinburgh and Other Points on the Road to Meikle Seggie Until Tue 1

July. Watercolours by Richard

7 Demarco.


1 Princes Street. 5566585. Mon—Fri

l0am—4pm. The Croiters Until end July. An

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355%., shade the bent vertebrae of one piece, while the flowing draperies of a

mysterious tigure lorm in the outlines oi the other. By reconstructing an

; object on canvas, Zyw has discovered g anotherdimension.

Otherseries in the exhibition include

the “Sea Pebbles’ with their clusters oi

' exhibition to mark the centenary of

the Crofters‘ Act.

I The Memory Bank—The Survival Care and use oi Archives marking 700 years ; oi record-keeping in Scotland Until

. endJuly.


, George Street. 2264151. Mon—Fri

i 9.30am—6pm. Sat 10am—1pm.

Marine Paintings Until Wed 2 July. An exhibition of the sea in

a conjunction with Oliver Swann


During the rest ofJuly. the gallery

will have a general display ofprints and paintings.


Bank Street. 225 3200. Mon—Fri

10am—5.30pm. Sat 10am—1 .00pm.

Scottish Original prints 1966—1986


The Mound. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm.

: Bernini Bust A new and celebrated ; acquisition for the gallery.

William Blake Until Sun 13July. Prints and watercolours by the visionary artist and poet selected from the gallery‘s permanent

collection. A favourite ofmany.

0 NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND George IV Bridge. 226 4531. Mon-Fri 9.30am—5pm. Sat 9.30am—lpm.

Scotland and India Until Late Sept. In the spirit ofthe Commonwealth Games, the National Library looks at the historic ties between Scotland

: human bodies in the stone, the ‘Instant

at Water' which draws on a single

I : image oi the Water at Leith honing it

down through Monet colours to monochrome, and the recent ‘Meteor' series where Zyw discovered the image at a suiiering head in a pebble. (Alice


and India. Exquisitely illustrated books and manuscripts are displayed

with paintings and objects building a

i picture of the criss-crossing pattern

ofinfluences. A jewelled sword. a model locomotive made in Glasgow

for India and colour plates ofthe I Himalayas are amongst the items in

this fascinating exhibition. An illustrated book The Corn Chest/or Scotland: Scots in India has been

i published for the occasion.

O NETHERBOW 43 High Street. 556 9579.

9 Landscape Photographs Until Sat 28

June. The natural image ofthe Scottish Borders by Roger Lee. Edinburgh in Change and Decay Until

i Sat 28 June. Paintings of

contemporary Edinburgh by Ian Garland.

Gladys Hill Until Sat 28June. Watercolours and pastels colour the landscapes of this late-starter in art. A Celebration at Scotland Wed 2—Sat 26July. Paintings by Fred Lehmann. 0 OPEN EYE GALLERY 57 Cumberland

Street. 557 1020. Mon—Fri

1()am—6pm. Sat l0am-4pm. [D] Edgar Holloway and William Wilson Etchings Sat 28 June-Thurs 17 July. Holloways first major exhibition in Edinburgh. A well-respected printmaker. his work has been purchased by the British Museum and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition concentrates on work from the Thirties and

includes pieces by William Wilson.

Holloway's great friend ofthat time. Alan Bain Ceramics Sat 28June Thurs l7July.

O PORTDBELLO TOWN HALL Portobello. For information tel 225 2424.

Lear‘s Magic Lanterns Fri 27 June at 7.30pm. £2 (£1). Part ofa Victorian Splash Weekend in Portobello. this

event is publicised as ‘moving

pictures to amaze and delight all

, ages! The pictures were made

between 1820 and 1900 and are given a new lease oflife by Anita and Doug Lear.


. 556 8921. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun " 2-5pm.

The great Scots of the past and

present are collected here in a gallery

of faces and figures. The recent

publication (.‘ostume in Scottish

Portraits 1560—1830 will guide you through wigs and waistlines of the lace.


all reasonable times.

Sculpture Park Last chance to see the tyre Parthenon. the

horse-on—wheels. the barrels on the g hill and the rest ofthe Spring Fling

sculpture. The work of David Mach. Doug Cocker. Frances Pelly. Bernard Pages et al has been on show for only a very short time as scupture exhibitions go. but presumably have to move over for the next festival event the Commonwealth Arts Festival will be building a Music Village in the grounds which will be ringing with celebration later on in July.

0 PRINTMAKERS' WORKSHOP GALLERY 23 Union Street. 557 247‘). Mon—Sat 10am—6pm.

3rd Humberside Printmaking Competition Until Sat 28 June. Prints from the most major open printmakers competition in the country. Amongst the prizewinners is Peter Pretsell from Edinburgh. Other Scottish artists are included. DuringJuly the Printmakers‘ Workshop will be hosting two exhibitions to coincide with the Commonwealth Games.

Scottish Printmaking Sat 5 July—Sat 2 Aug. An exhibition organised by the Edinburgh Printmakers. built round the themes of Peace. Sport and the City ofEdinburgh. Prints have been submitted by artists throughout the country. In the downstairs gallery the Commonwealth Print Portfolio will be displayed. This was specially

; commissioned for the XI Commonwealth Games and includes

work by Allen Jones. Walter July and Bea Maddoek.

0 QUEEN'S HALL Clerk Street. 668 3456.

Outside- Inside Until Sun 6July. Landscape paintings by Janice (‘artntel-(.‘rossley and Susan Waterfield.

Contemporary Edinburgh Artists Mon 7 July—Sat 9 Aug.

0 RIAS GALLERY 15 Rutland Square. 229 7205. Mon—Fri 9am—5pm.

The RIAS Gallery‘s next major exhibition will be Sports Buildings during the Commonwealth Games. See next List for details.

0 ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street. 225 7534. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Sun 2—5pm.