‘Ghosts’ on show at Kilmorack Gallery

a charcoal drawing with a figure or tree
Apparition, charcoal on canvas, 80 x 50cm

Exhibition news

My next exhibition, ‘Ghosts’ opens soon at the Kilmorack Gallery, near Beauly, Inverness-shire. This beautiful gallery in a converted church is the perfect setting for a gathering of eleven new charcoal works.

‘Ghosts’ features dynamic, sculptural drawings inspired by the figure and the tree, reflecting my fascination with the human/arboreal relationship. They capture the way light catches a tree’s trunk to reveal the intricacies of its scarred surface in relief. Subtle layered marks and shifts of tone suggest corporeal forms emerging from the velvety blackness of charcoal.

The exhibition runs from 1st June – 5th July 2024

Full details here

a studio shot including charcoal drawing tools and a drawing in progress by Tansy Lee Moir


Ghosts for Marchmont

Where the ‘Ghosts’ came from

They began with a strange moment of recognition; an ailing beech found on a walk seeming to contain something figurative beyond the visible. Once I’d seen this I couldn’t unsee it – pareidolia was at work.

Philpstoun ghost beech by Tansy Lee MoirWhen I first started this series way back in 2012-13 I called them ‘Ghosts’ because they carried memories and echoes of things I couldn’t quite grasp on a conscious level, but sincerely wanted to connect with. For me, these works had a dark energy and a bittersweet mix of emotions behind them. The art was a way of expressing something I couldn’t do any other way and it’s quite difficult to write about even now. Their mystery was always appealing to both myself and the collectors who ultimately chose them.


Marchmont House Collection Commission

the front of Marchmont HouseI’m honoured to announce that I have been commissioned by Marchmont House to create a triptych of charcoal drawings for their collection. I’ll be on residency there in the Old Squash Court for the first two weeks of June, where I’ll begin working on some new pieces in my ‘Ghosts’ series, based on Marchmont trees.