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Glasgow Style finds a warm welcome in West End

Where better to find the finest in Scottish art than the West End of the city?

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By Distinction Art, a spacious and selective gallery on Byres Road, has just celebrated its first year here.

Director Bruce Finnie says his choice of painters, sculptors and designer jewellery has already found favour with the market in the heart of the West End.

His gallery is ideally suited to meet the demands of current trends in buying art.

Strong, bold and substantial paintings are very much in vogue at the moment with buyers keen to make a statement about their taste and inclinations.

Bruce said: “At one time, people might tend to buy two or three smaller paintings to cluster.

“Now, the choice lies very much with the more substantial works, say canvases of three to eight feet across, with striking subject matter.

“Fortunately, our gallery has 18ft high walls, so we can accommodate such works to great effect.”

Bruce has an impressive record in the worlds of art and antiques.

He operated successfully and gained a great reputation in the antiques trade for some 30 years and could be spotted on television programmes such as Antiques Road Trip where his expertise was sought on a number of occasions.

Bruce was also a regular member of the vetting committees which ensure the integrity of major antiques fairs held across the country.

Art, however, is in Bruce’s blood.

His father was a governor and senior lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art and Bruce has strong connections with both the school and many of its graduates.

Four years ago, he decided to move into a new and adventurous market, opening a gallery in the Drymen area.

The venture was a great success, but Bruce felt that his personal interest in selling Glasgow and Scottish works was best suited to a location in the West End.

So a year ago By Distinction Art was re-located here.

The gallery draws strongly on local talent, and the majority of the works have been produced in Glasgow or by Glasgow School of Art graduates such as Ryan Mutter, Patricia Cain, Pam Carter , Joe Hargan and many others  .

Their works reflect the colourful, bustling and sometimes gritty elements of Glasgow including its industrial heritage.

The quality and sweep of paintings and sculptures is reflected in the wide price range.

For those in the market for less imposing objets, By Distinction Art also features a dazzling array of  handcrafted silver jewellery by GSA graduate Ruth Swan and some Arts and Crafts furniture.

Bruce said: “I’ve been very lucky in that my approach and choice of art and artists seems to have found a home here in the West End.

“Glasgow Style antiques and Scottish contemporary art in general strike a chord here,and I am delighted with the welcome my gallery has received in the West End.”