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“There is a disarming honesty as well as formidable toughness about the work of Dorothy Black that marks her as the true artist”
RICHARD JAQUES, Scotsman

“Dorothy Black’s assured portraits focus on stance and torso twist rather than face…masterly charcoal portraits…superb.”
CLARE HENRY, Glasgow herald

“Dorothy Black draws in a sort of neo-Secession style, with a glowing and economical use of colour which is all her own.”
JOHN RUSSELL TAYLOR, The Times

“Interesting newcomer Dorothy Black with strong portraits and still lives…”
MARY ROSE BEAUMONT, Arts Review

“Dorothy mixes words with vision into her paintings. Her wit is gentle, often deceptively simple, but then a razor-sharp shoulder draws character into its veins. There is a Jaunty girl, a Coy girl, A Girl with charms thrown with free care. Their dresses and tables are adorned with decoration and their characters with feisty sea creatures. There is no menace in their claws – just watch out for her in the future.”
ALICE BAIN, The List

“…Her Works on Paper in the current show signal, I believe, the arrival of a significant talent… A fragment of face sometimes adds literal emphasis; the sensuous lines of the female neck are seldom realised with such authority… she is a one-off worth watching.”
W GORDON SMITH, Scotland on Sunday

“Dorothy Black creates portraits of women into which the viewer can map experience of psychological and bodily reality. By including seemingly irrelevant crab claws in some of these works, Black adds a touch of surreal humour which becomes a starting point for questioning the whole status of the human being as a soft bodied, conscious creature”
MURDO MACDONALD, Scotsman

“Dorothy Black continues to dazzle and amaze with her uncompromising drawings of the broad back of womanhood, finding depth of inspiration as it twists and turns under its social role and Klimt-like decoration. Humour, perception and aesthetic consideration are always carefully balanced in all her work.”
RICHARD JAQUES, Scotsman

“Dorothy Black goes on her apparently effortless way, producing large, haunting drawings of women with their backs to us – strong, lively figures, cropped at head and buttocks, serenely poised yet curiously animated.”
W GORDON SMITH, Scotland on Sunday

“Dorothy Black’s talent for figurative drawing and unusual fetish for seafood is likely to find enduring popularity.”
CLARE FLOWERS, Scotland on Sunday

“Dorothy Black can always be relied upon to provide superb draughtsmanship combined with a sophisticated and subtle sense of the surreal.”
RICHARD JAQUES, Scotsman

“Dorothy Black’s self portraits are something of a tour-de-force.”
RICHARD JAQUES, Scotsman

“Dorothy Black’s drawing distils (that) dynamic with such muscular thrust that her work seems to move on the wall. Even the most softly contoured of her female figures throb with harsh physical presence. Then, having established raw bone and sinew, she decorates, garnishes, adorns, gives these anonymous and often faceless women an almost wanton ambiguity.”
W GORDON SMITH, Scotland on Sunday

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