Renowned Scottish golf course photographer Mark Alexander will become the first photographer to exhibit his work at one of Scotland’s most prestigious art galleries next month. The internationally acclaimed photographer will showcase a selection of his sought-after images at Gullane Art Gallery during July coinciding with the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open taking place at Gullane Golf Club.
Alexander will present an exclusive set of 12 framed images capturing some of Scotland’s most admired golf courses including Muirfield, North Berwick and Gullane itself, all of which are part of Scotland’s Golf Coast. The exhibition will also consist of images from Alexander’s home town St Andrews and the famous Old Course which will host this year’s 144th Open Championship also in July.
Alexander, whose work appeared recently on the front cover of Great Golf and Golf World magazines following shoots in New Zealand and at Prestwick Golf Club, is delighted to present his work to the public.
“I am often commissioned by golf clubs, resorts, tourism bodies and magazines to photograph courses, but seldom do I present my work to the general public. For me, this is an exciting opportunity to showcase my work on a large scale at a fantastic venue. It is also a tangible way of highlighting the beauty of some of Scotland’s most notable courses. I certainly hope the crowds flocking to Gullane this summer will enjoy it.”
The stunning high-resolution images range in size from 18”x12” to 34”x12” super panoramas. Each limited edition framed print has been signed by the photographer and is presented in a deep-bevel single mount within a wide wooden frame along with a certificate of authentication that includes information of how the image was captured, including specific details such as the time and date at which the shutter was released (the earliest image was taken at 5:08am and the latest at 9:10pm).
For Gullane Art Gallery, this is the first time any form of photography has featured in the prominent outlet. As Roy McGregor, gallery owner, points out, it was a unique opportunity worth exploring.
“In many ways, this is a time of firsts – this is the first time we have exhibited photography of any kind and it is also the first time the Scottish Open has been held at Gullane. We felt this was an exceptional opportunity to showcase the work of one of the country’s leading image makers, especially one who has pulled together such a compelling collection of stunning images that have never been seen by the public before.”
He continued: “Quite apart from the obvious technical quality of the work, I have been particularly struck by the artistic approach of the composition and tone; these are more than photographs, they are works of art. We have already received notes of interest about his work. This will be a must-visit for any golf fan or lovers of beautiful landscapes.”
Alexander, who is based in Fife but travels the world photographing golf courses, continues to be in high demand. Last year he became the first commissioned photographer to capture the historic course at Prestwick and has produced a set of three consecutive sell-out calendars for the St Andrews Links Trust culminating in the 2015 special Open Championship edition. This year he is photographing a selection of golf courses for hotel giant Marriott.
Alexander’s golf photography exhibition in the Red Jug Room at Gullane Art Gallery will consist of 12 large, limited-edition framed prints which will also be available unframed. Gullane Art Gallery will host an Open Day on Saturday 4th July which will officially launch Alexander’s work during the month-long exhibition.
Pictured: Hole 17 on Gullane No 1