Scottish art, Scottish paintings, and Scottish artists and contemporary art - Artist CV's
The first thing that strikes one about the paintings of Shona Barr is the sheer unbounded use of colour. Based in Scotland, her paintings explore aspects of nature ranging from the wild beauty of coastal landscapes to the exuberant abundance of garden flowers.
Shona's process starts with watercolours painted outside. The aim is to absorb atmosphere as well as record details, watch how changing light alters colours and mood, and to capture all this essential information on paper. In the studio there is a significant stage of selection and editing; sometimes, only a small section of a watercolour becomes the basis for an oil painting. Oil studies on card help her to decide what is vital before moving on to canvas.
Shona works in a bold and direct way to retain freshness and energy, investigating the interplay between abstraction and representation, playing with the boundaries where completely abstract marks come together as a recognisable image. Yet, nothing is invented. The luscious textures and colours are already inherent in the actual landscape or flora. Hence, the painting that emerges articulates a hidden presence rather than that which stands out as most obvious. It is a distillation of the original view.
The floral paintings have an intense, magnified quality which envelopes the viewer. Recently, they have the added intimacy of being sourced from flowers the artist herself has grown on her allotment. In contrast, the landscapes have become increasingly panoramic.
Over the years, Shona has found herself drawn back again and again to working by the sea. There is constant change with the shifting tides, and the colours of the sea are transformed from one moment to the next as clouds move past. Perhaps it is the challenge of capturing something so ephemeral that fascinates her.
Shona Barr’s studied painting at the Glasgow School of Art. From there she made frequent visits to their outpost at Culzean in Ayrshire and discovered a great delight in working outdoors. She won the GSA Landscape Prise in 1987 and the Armour Prize for Still Life the following year. Upon graduation, a scholarship took her to the Statens Kunstakademi, Oslo where she spent a year immersing herself in the forested landscape surrounding the city. A year spent in Barcelona acquiring an MA from Winchester School of Art completed her studies.
In 1998, Shona Barr was awarded a Superior Prize at the "Small Paintings, Great Harmony" Winter Olympic Games Exhibition, Nakano, Japan. She has paintings in the permanent collections of Lillie Art Gallery, Prior's Court School and Strathclyde University, and corporate and private collections. She has been included in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Glasgow Institute (David Cargill Award, 1989), Paisley Art Institute and exhibits frequently in galleries across the United Kingdom.
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John Bell was born in Ayr, Scotland in 1968 . His early days were spent growing up in Fife where he painted from a young age but chose to pursue a career in Architecture. John graduated from The Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow in 1993. Since then he has worked as an architect but has continued to paint and exhibit art work having undergone further study at Glasgow School of Art.
John Bell paints mainly landscapes and seascapes of Scotland, particularly along the Ayrshire coast. He is fascinated in the influence of the sky, using bold brushwork to express its changing mood and atmosphere. His paintings capture the extremes of light and colour in the Scottish landscape, from intimate woodland scenes to expansive shorelines. Whether John Bell is painting an intimate woodland scene or an expansive shoreline, his carefully composed oil paintings are always carefully crafted and communicate a strong atmospheric feel to each subject.
John Bell has developed a very distinctive, light style with an appealing colour palette successfully reflecting the coolness of the Scottish light. He is interested in the influence of the constantly changing weather, which can transform the mood in a moment. The sky often dominates his paintings and he uses bold brushwork to express the form and movement of cloud.
John Bell paintings are exhibited at a growing number of Scottish art galleries including Paisley Art Institute. His art work has also featured at a number of Art Fairs. John Bell has been represented by Red Rag Gallery since 2011.
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Hope Blamire was born in Ayrshire in 1975. She studied Illustration and Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art (Dundee) graduating in 1998. She has since lived in France, Canada, Egypt and Malawi where she taught Art for four years before returning to the UK to teach at a school in Bath. However her "home" will always be on the West Coast of Scotland
She specialises in scottish island landscapes and some of her paintings are so lifelike it is hard to tell the difference from a photograph. Her paintings are very much in the Scottish colourist tradition. She produces bright, vibrant pieces which successfully captures the atmosphere and feeling of the Scottish landscape. Her preferred medium to paint with are oils but she also uses collage and occasionally acrylics.
Hope is invariably drawn and inspired by the Scottish landscape. The west coast of Scotland where black volcanic rocks are to be found on the beaches are a particularly favourite subject. She travels around the west coast of Scotland, often taking as many as 50,000 photos in a year. From these many images she will then pick a favourite to inspire the next painting.
In addition to Red Rag art gallery Hope Blamire art work has been exhibited at other British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Hope Blamire artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Judith Bridgland was born in 1962 in Australia, and trained in Glasgow, Scotland where she now lives and works. She graduated from Glasgow University in 1984 with a Masters degree with Honours in Fine Art.
Judith creates paintings very much in the Scottish colourist tradition. Her art works are bold, exuberant and vibrantly joyful landscapes
Working in oils, her paintings use bold, vigorous, rhythmical strokes of impasto paint combined with delicate brushwork. This gives an exciting texture to the paint surface along with a sense of abstraction, which reflects nature’s contrasts and delicate harmonies. However, whilst the work is very painterly, it also has a strong sense of place.
Talking about her paintings Judith says: 'My work combines a love of almost sculptural texture, and contrasts between elements such as the abstract and the figurative, organic and geometric, thick and thin paint. Landscape is not just about the land; it is about the experience of a very particular moment, and the scenes I paint are all very precise, particular places, ones which I often return to again and again. As such, they are records of a particular moment which is now gone, but they also of speak of a cumulative experience. So as well as being an actual place, the landscape is also an expression of me, a form of self-portrait of an emotional landscape.'
Winner of the 1999 MacRoberts Open Prize, the 2009 House for An Art Lover Award, and the Glasgow Art Club Award in 2016, Judith is also a member of the Paisley Art Institute, and a regular exhibitor at the Royal Glasgow Institute and Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour. She has had sell-out shows in Scotland, London and the rest of the UK as well as exhibiting further afield in America, Russia and Sweden. Today Judith’s work can be found in the collections of The Royal Bank of Scotland, British Midland, The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian University, and privately worldwide.
In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery Judith Bridgland art work has been exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Judith Bridgland artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Davy Brown was born in Kilmarnock in 1950. As a young Scottish artist Davy studied contemporary art at the Glasgow School of Art under David Donaldson and Duncan Shanks. He then went onto complete teacher training at Moray House Edinburgh.
In 1975 Davy Brown won a modern art scholarship from the Institute of Cultural Affairs in Chicago. This enabled Davy to travel extensively in the USA and Canada. He was also able to further develop his skills as a talented contemporary Scottish artist.
When Davy Brown returned from his travels he successfully taught contemporary art in Scottish schools. Throughout this time Davy Brown continued to paint and exhibit his paintings along with other leading Scottish artists in both Scottish art galleries and modern British art galleries further afield.
Davy Brown eventually left teaching in 2002 to concentrate full time as a professional Scottish contemporary artist. Over the years Davy Brown paintings, with their very distinctive style of modern Scottish art, have consistently grown in popularity. For much of this time Davy Brown paintings have been inspired by his love of the Scottish Landscapes but recently this much acclaimed Scottish artist has started to produce equally compelling paintings of France and Spain.
For Davy, early and enduring influence has come from the two great Scottish artists, Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde. His passion for their work has fuelled his own painting career and echoes of their work can be seen in his still life and landscape pieces. He also credits Cezanne, Picasso, The Scottish Colourists, The Modern St. Ives School and Scottish artist and former tutor James Robertson
Frequent trips to Cornwall Art Galleries have also nurtured an interest in the paintings of the modern British St. Ives abstractionists such as Terry Frost, John Wells and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. To Davy Brown, Cornwall and Galloway have much in common - the scenic landscape and ever changing light. Following a health scare in 2013, a slight change can be seen in Davy's work. It is still strong in the use of colour with a familiar texture but a subtle change in his palette has introduced
a fresh, airy quality to his art work
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Stuart Buchanan was born in Glasgow in 1970. He studied Fine Art Drawing and Painting at the Glasgow School of Art and graduated in 1992. He has been working as a professional artist after setting up his art studio in 1993. Since then Stuart Buchanan has firmly established himself as a leading name within the Contemporary Scottish field.
Stuart Buchanan generally works in the traditional medium of oils. His paintings are representational, with figures set in richly textured, colourful ambiguous landscapes. His work depicts images of figures, usually imagined and anonymous, in painterly landscapes. He seeks to invoke a positive response in the viewer, be it a smile or the triggering of a personal memory, via strangely familiar scenes, reminiscent almost of snapshots or memories in a personal history.
Stuart Buchanan's paintings are easily identifiable. His art work display a recurring theme of solitude. This is not to suggest his paintings are lonely but rather a celebration of peace and serenity. Buchanan creates a world of peace and refuge away from the day to day of the outside world. His paintings depict mostly single figures and pairs and all share an enviable meditative state. The figures are often involved in an activity beyond the canvas and the viewer - such as gazing out to sea or at the stars, or daydreaming. He draws inspiration from his own childhood memories and experiences, as well as more current day to day life and the environment and landscapes that surround him.
In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery Stuart Buchanan has exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Stuart Buchanan artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Sam Cartman is originally from Shropshire in England and now lives and works in Glasgow. He studied at Cumbria College of Arts and Design gaining a BA (Hons) in Fine Art.
Sam Cartman produces paintings inspired by the Scottish landscape. Typically his art works are shaped by the experience of being in a certain place at a certain time and the memory of the event. These experiences are the basis for Cartman's involvement with the paint, and from then on, his interaction with the paint takes over. The process allows Sam to show in painting, something of the place he is in or has been in, whether it’s the landscape of Shropshire, Cumbria or more recently, the urban environment of Glasgow and the landscapes of the Scottish West Coast.
Sam Cartman creates a feeling of space by the use of large blocks of paint and careful compositions. There is real skill in Sam's approach and a detailed understanding how to make ‘negative space’ work so well. The large areas of colour in his paintings reinforce the power and grandness of nature.
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Ritchie Collins was born in Prestwick, on the West Coast of Scotland in 1978. He has painted all his life and studied painting and illustration at the College of Building and Printing, Glasgow before settling in Edinburgh.
Ritchie Collins art is influenced by the Scottish coast and wild countryside. Celtic art, myths and Scottish folklore are a constant source of inspiration. Vibrant colour simple form and a creative use of texture are woven together to give the original paintings their unique magical quality.
Speaking about his paintings Richie Collins says: "All the things I paint come from dreams or memories of places I've been. What is important to me is trying to capture the true feelings of a place in time, rather than the reality."
Each painting tells a story and contains endless details and something new to explore with every glance. Ritchie Collins' paintings have wide appeal and there is an understandable growing demand for his art works. In addition to Red Rag Gallery his paintings have been exhibited in the UK and Internationally. Collins work is now in many private art collections.
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Stephanie Dees was born in Northumberland in 1974. Her formal art training took place at Edinburgh College of Art between 1992 and 1998 where Stephanie obtained BA (Hons) in Drawing and Painting and MFA in Painting.
Stephanie paints using several media. This includes: mixed media, acrylic, watercolour, pencil, oil bar and oil pastel. Her paintings are based on the architecture and landscape of a variety of places including Edinburgh, Italy, Cornwall and the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
Stephanie's paintings evoke atmosphere and fond memories. She enjoys portraying the numerous affects light and different seasons have on the landscape both urban and rural. Her paintings of Edinburgh, Devon and Cornish vistas are the result of keen observation and skillful draftsmanship . Capturing the pale light and uncluttered charm of her subject Stephanie's paintings communicate a subtle quietness. Although people are not featured in her paintings there is a sense that they are never far away.
In 2002 Stephanie Dees won the 'Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award RSW', which is presented annually by the Society for the best painting by an artist under 30 years of age.
She has won many other art prizes, including the Andrew Grant Bequest Prize for Drawing ECA in 1997, and the Scottish Education Trust Award in 1998.
In addition to Red Rag art gallery Stephanie Dees art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Stephanie Dees artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish contemporary art work can be shipped worldwide.
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Marion Drummond was born in Glasgow in 1958. She is mostly a self-taught artist, although she has benefited greatly from attending life classes under Christine Ironside, Drummond Mayo and Ann Johnston. Marion says her influences in painting are varied from Rubens to Jenny Saville. Above all she is very much inspired by all great drawing and painting.
Marion Drummond is now a well established Scottish artist who has developed a style all of her own. Marion's art work is immediately recognisable and she is an artist with natural talent who produces paintings of high consistent quality. Marion's paintings are oils, often created by using her fingers rather than brushes or palette knife.
Marion Drummond strives to capture the immediacy and vibrancy of the scene before her, whether that be a still life, a portrait or a landscape. Such is the connection with the subject of her work that she will often mix the paint directly on the canvas with her fingers; in this process, there is a literal transfer of human warmth and energy to the painted surface. Marion describes her paintings as dynamically capturing ‘the moment’ and portraying it with a passionate energy. She has a particular love of the Blane valley countryside with its diversity of wildlife, rivers, moorland and hills. Daily walks provide Marion with colour notes for paintings and the sheer enjoyment of seeing the constant changing of light and season of the Scottish countryside. She successfully combines a love of hill-walking with painting al fresco to capture life with a sense of urgency and immediacy.
In addition to Red Rag Gallery Marion Drummond has exhibited her paintings widely in recent years. A number of commercial art galleries have exhibited her art works and she has also exhibited in the Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI) and the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (RSA). Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Marion Drummond artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Ian Elliot was born in Glasgow in 1946. Elliot's talent as a young Scottish artist were evident at an early age. He won gold and bronze medals for art on four successive occasions before attending and graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 1964.
Like a many of today's successful Scottish contemporary artists, Ian Elliot, left the Glasgow School of Art and took up a career teaching modern art. Elliot eventually became Head of Modern Art at a large Glasgow school. Then after some years Ian decided to focus full time on painting contemporary art.
Since becoming a full time artist in 1997 Ian Elliot has quickly established a reputation as a popular modern Scottish artist. Ian's contemporary paintings are now collected by British and Scottish art enthusiasts and by collectors in Eire, Germany, Spain, Canada and the USA.
In 2003 Ian Elliot's art work appeared in the prestigious International Artist magazine as one of ten finalists in their (global) landscape competition, and more recently in a ten page feature article. Ian's work can also be seen on Tartan2 CV calendars and greetings cards.
Ian Elliot now visits, and gains much inspiration from, the island of Mallorca and from Italy and France, sharply contrasting environments from that of his native shores. Travelling extensively in Spain, Italy and France has developed an endless fascination for Ian with the Mediterranean countryside and the Island of Mallorca. He is known for incorporating the strong colours of the Mediterranean in all his landscapes and seascapes creating a fusion of shimmering colours, distinctive buildings of the land, and abstract expressionistic vistas.
Ian Elliot also travels extensively throughout Scotland. He is fascinated by the visual imagery of the Scottish landscape and produces paintings of movement, colour, rhythm and pattern many of which are inspired by visits to the Scottish farmlands.
In addition to Red Rag Scottish Art Gallery Ian Elliot art work has been exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Ian Elliot artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Scottish Art: Ian Elliot at Red Rag Gallery
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Nael Hanna was born in 1959 in Neneveh, Northern Iraq and is of mixed culture - Greek and Christian Orthodox. From an early age Nael showed interest in art spending much of his childhood studying and drawing animals, birds and people. At the age of nineteen, Hanna entered college before being drafted into the Army to serve during the Iraq-Iran War. Whilst in military service, Nael continued to paint and was awarded a scholarship by the Ministry of Education, Baghdad. As a result he studied art in Britain.
Starting in 1983, Nael undertook art and language courses in Southampton before being awarded a scholarship to study Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. In 1987, he won a further scholarship to study at Hospitalfield Summer School, Arbroath, and it was during this time that he developed his great passion for the East coast of Scotland particularly the Angus and Kincardinshire coastline, with its dramatic scenery and ever changing weather.
Upon graduating with First Class Honours in 1989, Nael travelled to Florence to study, after being awarded The Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholarship. He later returned to the rural Angus countryside where he made his home. After qualifying MPhil in Art at Dundee Hanna became a lecturer in the Fine Art Department of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and then became Artist in Residence at Anton House day centre in Broughty Ferry - a charity providing care services to adults with physical disabilities.
Today, Nael devotes his time fully to painting and continues to be inspired by his deep love of nature, and his fascination with the elements so dramatically displayed within the Scottish landscape and its coastlines. His paintings often transcend the immediate depiction of the landscape and embrace the human relationship with the land. From the people living in these areas- the fisherfolk and their relationship with the sea, and the farmers working the land, Nael Hanna is driven to capture the rhythms, atmosphere and textures so unique to this part of the world.
Talking about his paintings Nael says: “I am inspired by water, sound and nature, being fascinated by the changing colours and shapes reflected in the sea, land and sky. I enjoy looking for the rhythms created in nature and hope to capture the force of the natural elements which dictate so much to the world that we live in. I spend a great deal of time observing the coastal landscape near my Angus home, and however much at times I feel that I should escape from this recurring subject, I am always willingly drawn back by its sheer beauty and magnetism”.
Nael Hanna is the recipient of many art prizes and awards. Over the years his paintings have been exhibited regularly at the RGI, RSA, SSA and SAAC and he has had numerous solo shows. His paintings are instantly recognisable and distinctive with rich texture and a unique colour palate. He paints with vigour and there is an immediacy in his paintings which is extremely stimulating to the viewer, whether it is a Scottish coastal scene or a vibrant still life.
In addition to Red Rag art gallery Nael Hanna art work has been exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Nael Hanna artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Joe Hargan was born in Glasgow, 1952. He studied drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art from 1970-74 under Danny Ferguson, James Robertson and David Donaldson.
Joe has exhibited his contemporary paintings regularly since the early 1970's at: the Royal Glasgow Institute of Art; Royal Society of Watercolors; Royal Scottish Academy of Art; The Paisley Art Institute; Royal Academy, London; Dick Institute, Kilmarnock; British Watercolor Society & National Portrait Gallery
He is a founder member of Group 81 Artists who regularly exhibited at McLellan Galleries, Glasgow. In 1981 Joe was elected a member of the Glasgow Art Club. Then in 1985 he became a member of the Paisley Art Institute and later that year elected a council member. In 1989 he was nominated and voted Chairman and President of the prestigious Art Institute. Hargan held the post for 11 years.
In 1996 for the quality of his paintings and his service to Scottish art Joe Hargan was awarded the Paisley Art Institute diploma. The Art Institute was founded in 1876 and has built up a substantial art collection of Scottish Art. It promotes contemporary art through its annual exhibition and also organises the notable Scottish Drawing Competition every two years.
The body of Joe Hargan paintings are remarkable for their diversity. But his paintings are immediately recognisable and follow the rich tradition of vibrant, bold colourist Scottish paintings. Contemporary paintings of the renowned character 'Sniffy' have featured in many of Hargan's paintings and are now collected by art lovers worldwide. Over the years Joe has been awarded a number of art prizes reflecting and rewarding the quality and breadth of his talent.
Hargan draws inspiration from many sources: Italian renaissance art, Spanish art, American influences such as Rothko and Newman; and of course British artists Francis Bacon, Philipson and David Donaldson
Painting Prizes and Art Awards:
Contemporary Painting Prize, Glasgow School of Art, 1972
First Prize, National Competition - Stirling Smith Art Gallery, 1978
Cargill Art Award, Royal Glasgow Institute, 1982
Torrance Award, Royal Glasgow Institute, 1984
Meyer Oppenheim Award, Royal Scottish Academy of Art, 1986
Hunting Art Group Prizewinner, Mall Galleries, 1988
The Paisley Art Institute Award, 1993
The Contemporary Fine art award, The Paisley Art Institute, 2001
Maude Gemmell Hutchison Prize, Royal Scottish Academy of Art 2002
William Bowie Award, Paisley Art Institute 2002.
Joe Hargan paintings feature in numerous private and corporate art collections throughout Europe, USA, Canada, Brazil, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. These include: BBC, Kuwait Royal Family, Flemings Bank and Bloomberg collection
In addition to Red Rag Scottish Art Gallery Joe Hargan art work has been exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Joe Hargan artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Jennifer Irvine was born in Glasgow in 1956. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1974 until 1978.
Jennifer's early career was spent teaching art in various Glasgow schools. Throughout this period she continued painting and exhibiting before becoming a full time professional artist in 1990.
Jennifer works from her art studio in Glasgow and can also be found painting in Argyll. More recently she has also spent a lot of time in France, Spain and Italy where she has found much of her subject matter.
Inspiration for her paintings is broadly based ranging from still life to seascape and townscape. There is always a strong emphasis on light, shade and pattern in Jennifer's paintings. This is particularly evident in her oil paintings of French villages and Italian townscapes. She draws on the effects of sunlight on an object, be it on a building, water or a still life subject. Her still life paintings are often flowers, fruit and drapery, portrayed in rich vivid colour with a profusion of pattern.
In addition to Red Rag art gallery Jennifer Irvine art work has been exhibited widely throughout Scotland and at other British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Jennifer Irvine artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Charles Jamieson was born in 1952. He studied art at the Glasgow School of Art from 1969 to 1974. This was followed by further studies at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
Charles Jamieson paintings are very distinctive with his trade mark intelligent use of colour, coupled light and shade. Jamieson paintings are diverse in subject matter. Charles is equally comfortable painting Still Life, Landscape, Marine and Architectural subjects.
Charles Jamieson has been the recipient of a number of art awards. He is a past Chairman of the Aspect Prize and also a past President of the Paisley Art Institute.
Charles Jamieson art work is becoming increasingly sought after. And, his paintings are now in many private art collections across the world.
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Alan King was born in 1946 and died 2014. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1964 until 1968.
After a career teaching art Alan King decided to start painting full time in 1999. Since then King says: ' I have enjoyed the experience of trying to put into practice the work ethic and lessons of teaching art full time. I am interested in the process of painting and am constantly investigating and reading about the materials and the craft of painting.'ť
Alan King is best known for his paintings which feature the Red Hat and this continues to be a major theme to his contemporary paintings. King's skill in story telling and a love of early Italian Art are the roots of the development of his fine paintings.
Alan King creates images which are visually compelling and which form a bond with the viewer. Many of the images and titles used for Alan's paintings have their source in literature and poetry. Many of his contemporary paintings start with a title which may have been taken from Dante or Sorley Maclean a Scottish poet. This leads to ideas which are developed with life models and a miniature theatre which Alan King builds. The mannequins and backgrounds in King's paintings are positioned and photographed with different lighting effects.
Today Alan King paintings are becoming increasingly sought after. And, his paintings are now in many private art collections across the world.
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Peter King was born in Glasgow in 1953. He studied art, specialising in drawing and painting, at the Glasgow Art School under the tutelage of David Donaldson RSA and Duncan Shanks RSA. specialising in drawing & painting.
Peter taught Art and Design in Scottish schools for over 30 years and was Principal Teacher in Lanarkshire for over 20 years. He also holds a senior marker's position with S.Q.A. In 2010 he retired from teaching to focus on painting professionally.
He has created a distinctive style of paintings from a range of motifs, which he constantly returns to and reinterprets. He is fascinated by the aspects of changing moods of light, weather and seasons. The sources of his ideas are the seasonal effects of nature on the surrounding environment. Colour and the tactile qualities of paint are essential to his painting style; the marks, free paint and the textured shapes become field, wood and sky. Peter finds that the light, colour and weathered landscape of Kintyre, The Clyde Valley and the vast panorama of land and sky dominated by Tinto Hill and the Scottish Borders are a constant source of ideas and inspiration.
In 2010 Peter was awarded the Awards House for an Art Lover by the RGI.
Today Peter King contemporary paintings are held in many art collections. His art work is represented in collections across the UK, Europe and North America and Japan. His art work has also featured in The Sunday Times Magazine (April 2000) in an article on contemporary British Landscape Painting.
In addition to Red Rag British Art Gallery Peter King has exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Peter King artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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John Kingsley RSW PAI was born in Glasgow in 1956. He studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art from 1973-77. His art tutors included James Robertson, David Donaldson and Geoffrey Squire.
In 1979 John Kingsley was elected an artist member of the Glasgow Art Club. From 1980-86 he exhibited in one-man shows at the annual S.N.O. promenade concerts at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow and in 1986 he was elected a member of Group 81 Artists, who exhibited regularly at the McLellan Galleries, Glasgow.
John Kingsley has established a reputation as a leading Scottish contemporary artist. He was a finalist in the Hunting Art Prizes competition in London in 1989, 1993 and 1998, and was highly commended in the same competition in 1996. In 1991 Kingsley won the William Bowie Landscape Prize and in 1992 the Mary Armour Award the Paisley Art Institute. Since 1987, John has been an artist member of the council of the Paisley Art Institute.
Today Scottish artist John Kingsley has an international reputation with art works in many public and private art collections across Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA. His paintings are found in the art collections of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, Argyle and Bute District Council and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow.
In addition to Red Rag Modern Art Gallery John Kingsley has exhibited at other leading Modern Art Galleries including the Royal Glasgow Institute, Royal Scottish Academy and the Paisley Institute. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the John Kingsley artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Modern art it can be shipped worldwide.
Modern Art: John Kingsley at Red Rag Gallery in Bath
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Simon LAURIE RGI
Simon Laurie was born in Glasgow in 1964. He studied at the Glasgow School of Fine Art between 1982 and 1987.
Simon Laurie has developed a very individual abstract style. His paintings are typically inspired by everyday objects and the ever changing Scottish landscape. Simon's art work have been said to combine the purity and formalism of the St Ives School with the rich tradition of the Scottish colourists. His his paintings are full of colour and enduring interest displaying an elegant sense of space and perspective.
Using bold and vibrant colours Simon Laurie creates paintings which have a reasonance with collage art works. Each painting is created using bright acrylics in a simple form with perfect balance and deeply satisfying compositions. This distinctive style has Simon Laurie a number of prestigious art awards from the Scottish societies including: 'Teachers' Whisky Travel Award RGI; the Alexander Graham Munro Award RSW; and the John Cunningham Award at RGI Annual Exhibition. His art work is also held by well-known collections including the Contemporary Arts Society, London and the Aberdeen Art Gallery.
In 1991 Simon Laurie was elected a Member of the Royal Scottish Watercolourists (RSW). And in 2000 he was elected a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI).
In addition to Red Rag Scottish Art Gallery Simon Laurie art work has been exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Simon Laurie artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Hamish MacDonald was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1935 and died in 2008. He trained at the famous Glasgow School of Art from 1963 to 1967.
Hamish developed a successful career in Education teaching Art in Scottish schools.From 1968 MacDonald successfully combined painting with teaching and also guest lectured throughout Scotland. In 1991 he retired from his post as an Art Department Principal to concentrate fully on the development of his painting.
Influences on Hamish's work were diverse. They included the Impressionists and the Scottish Colourists and especially the art works of William Gillies and Joan Eardley. Hamish MacDonald paintings were mostly painted in oils and mixed media. His broad, fluid style and bold palette are in keeping with the Scottish Colourist tradition whilst his ability to capture the atmosphere and vitality of his subject is enhanced by a confident and mature style. His very individual approach to contemporary painting created an immediacy and spontaneity to his art. Hamish is now widely regarded as one of Scotland's most successful contemporary artists.
Historically inspiration for Hamish MacDonald paintings came from his roots - Scottish Landscapes and
Scottish Marine scenes. Later in life MacDonald extended his interest producing contemporary paintings of Venice, Cornish scenes and still life.
Contemporary paintings and prints by Hamish MacDonald are becoming increasingly collectable and have proved a good Art Investment. Numerous public and private art collections have bought paintings by MacDonald including: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh; Kelvingrove one of Edinburgh Art Galleries; Paisley Art Gallery; and the Scottish First Minister.
Red Rag also regularly buys and sells Hamish MacDonald original paintings. If you are interested in buying or selling Hamish MacDonald Original paintings please contact the gallery.
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Jenny Matthews was born in 1964 in Montreal, Canada. She studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 1986.
"The medium of watercolour is central to my work. The texture of the support, the pigment, the water and the effects these can produce in combination, all inspire me in themselves. I think of my paintings as paint on paper and therefore simultaneously figurative and abstract.
Known mainly for my flower paintings, my love of the subject began on Scottish Highland holidays as a child. Since then it has been a passion to seek out flowers and plants wherever I go, be they cultivated or wild. My love of plants and flowers was further refined during my four year degree course in Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art when I studied the elective of Botanical Illustration under Dame Elizabeth Blackadder. The colour and form of flowers is what attracts me to them and botany as a theme is one I have been able to pursue whilst living abroad in France and Indonesia."
"Butterflies are another passion and I enjoy exploring the countryside with a sketchbook searching for them and for wild flowers. There is something magical about discovering an exquisite insect or flower in a landscape: the painting is already there and I am attempting to record my wonder at the creation on paper. Working closely with natural subjects and finding myself in wild places searching them out has led me to question myself about our place in the world, which in turn leads to topical matters concerning the environment and how we and other creatures impact on it. When I am outside I feel that I exist within a three-dimensional painting: one which is constantly evolving and changing. Painting is therefore something which I think about even when I am not working, and the enormous difficulty of ever creating something to recreate what already exists in nature is perpetually challenging."
"The weather and the seasons provide an ever-changing palette and ever-changing resource for ideas: I use these colours and effects in my paintings to create mood and atmosphere. Colour is a wonderful thing: it can be vibrant and intense, but equally exciting in its more sombre and neutral guises. And watercolour seems to have its origins in the rain.
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Mhairi McGregor was born in 1971. She studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1989 - 1993, gaining a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. At Art School Mhairi received a number of art awards including a Christie's Bursary for 3rd-Year Studies, Glasgow School of Art Landscape Drawing Prize and a John Kinross Scholarship - 3 months working in Florence, Italy.
Mhairi McGregor has continued to receive a number of art awards. In 1997 she was short-listed as one of four for the Alastair Salvesen Scholarship and she was also awarded the Under 25 Regional Winner of the Laing Art Competition. In 1998 she was short-listed for the Gilchrist-Fisher Memorial Award. In 1999 she was elected Member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour. In 2000 she was awarded Glasgow Art Club Fellowship. In 2001 she was awarded the Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award and the Paisley Art Institute Prize.
Mhairi McGregor has travelled extensively and painted in Europe, Australia, New Mexico, and Canada as well as finding constant inspiration in her native Scotland. She works mainly in oils, though watercolour is an important part of her preliminary work. She has the ability to capture the striking light and colours in her subjects and through her use of colour she reflects the founding principals of the RSW which is to 'encourage the bold, free and colourful qualities of Scottish Painting'.McGregor's distinctive paintings combine a wonderful eye for colour with the depth and power she generates from her strong, block like application of paint.
Today Mhairi has established a reputation as a succesful Scottish arist. She is particular known for her still life paintings. Each composition is given an immense tangibility by her strong, blocky application of paint, often reminding the viewer of the vibrant yet simple style of Cezanne's still life work. Mhairi's emotional response to subjects comes through in her paintings. Initial sketches are developed into more abstract works and her landscapes evoke a sense of place effected by a rich, fluid impasto paint surface.
Mhairi McGregor paintings have been exhibited very widely in Scotland, England and Australia. More recently, her paintings have also been exhibited in the Toronto International Art Fair in Canada.
Speaking about her paintings Mhairi McGregor says: 'I'm always trying to get the most out of the few colours I use and get them to play off against each other. I've moved away from brushwork too. I like to layer up the paint; slab it on until two strong colours are shining through... The main direction of my work is to sketch from life and develop those initial paintings into more abstract works. I never want to lose sight completely of what it was that inspired me to paint a particular scene. My main aim is to focus in on that first response to a landscape and to continue and expand that idea into a more concise conclusion.'
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Archie Dunbar McINTOSH
Archie Dunbar McIntosh was born in Glasgow in 1936 and took an interest in art from an early age. His Father was infuential in developing Archie's interest in art through visits to the Kelvingrove art gallery in Glasgow. One of Archie's other life long passions for the waters, banks and 'flyers' of the Clyde were developed as a youngster when family holidays were taken on paddlesteamers.
Archie McIntosh went on to study at the Glasgow School of Art from 1953 to 1957. Following that he taught for a number of years before becoming President of Glasgow School of Art in 1968. Today Archie McIntosh is one of the most original, professional painters working in Scotland. His paintings possess an unusual combination of the abstract and naive styles with a strong enduring appeal. Archie successfully creates a parallel world of distorted perspectives and fanciful motifs, which fascinate and entertain the viewer.
McIntosh's paintings reflect his enduring love of the Scottish Isles. Archie says: 'Since childhood, I have lived in close proximity to sea, loch, river and mountain. As a painter I have the desire to investigate the form, colour, texture and mood of each, and respond through drawing and painting. I feel it is part of my cultural heritage to interpret and translate the many influences in my life and soul. Within the 'larger vision' there exists many smaller component parts, which can combine to wear the whole. For example, a small harbour can present graphic images of fishermen ropes, reels, boxes, boats, birds - each with the potential for interpretation changing light, changing mood, changing seasons and changing vision.
Archie Dunbar McIntosh paintings have regularly featured in exhibitions worldwide. They are also in the public art collections of: The Scottish Arts Council; Glasgow Museum & Art Gallery; Edinburgh City Council; and Argyle Education Authority. Archie's paintings are also held in many corporate and private art collections including those of Rolls Royce, Peter Townsend and Griff Rhys Jones. He has been appointed to the RSW and RGI art societies. Prizes awarded for his paintings include: Guthrie Award, Royal Scottish Academy (RSA); Latimer Award, Royal Scottish Academy (RSA); Royal Bank of Scotland Award, Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI); May Marshall Brown Award, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW).
In addition to Red Rag Gallery Archie Dunbar McIntosh paintings have been exhibited at a number of leading Scottish art galleries. All Archie Dunbar McIntosh art work from Red Rag is sourced from the artist studio. Each Archibald McIntosh painting from Red Rag is available for immediate delivery and can be shipped worldwide.
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Donald McIntyre 1923- 2009
Donald McIntyre was born in Yorkshire in 1923. He spent his childhood in northwest Scotland.
Although McIntyre was a gifted natural draftsman and had painted from his youth he trained as a dentist. Fortunately, the dental hospital was opposite the famous Glasgow School of Art where McIntyre could attend evening art classes. Donald practised as a dentist and served in the army and taught in schools until the age of forty.
In the late 1950’s he left dentistry to become a full-time painter based in North Wales. However, McIntyre’s early experiences of the Scottish landscape and the artists he encountered in Scotland influenced him throughout his life. He always returned to coastal scenes of the British Isles, particularly those of Scotland and Wales spending most summers painting on Iona. He developed a palette and painterly approach based on the tradition of the Scottish Colourists. His subject matter was captured often with vibrant colours and a masterly skill of small and broad-brush strokes.
Donald McIntyre paintings are in many art collections. They were frequently exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Society of Marine Artists and Galleries Racines, Brussels. He was a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy of Art.
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Rory McLauchlan was born in Ayr, Scotland in 1960. Initially he studied graphics at Cardonald College, Glasgow from 1978-80. Following this Rory continued his studies at St Martin’s School of Art, London from 1982-85 where he gained a BA(Hons) in Fine Art.
While living in London Rory McLauchlan worked as a freelance textile designer for various design companies including Kim Clark Design. Since returning to Scotland he has concentrated on painting landscapes of Scotland and France.In doing so Rory captures the essence and character of a particular place through the spontaneous use of colour, line and shape.
Rory is very much a non literal painter and prefers to create pieces rather than slavishly imitating nature. McLauchlan works in a highly improvised way with colour, line and shape taking opportunites to capitalise on unpredictable accidents on the surface which will gel with other areas, and in time evolve into larger pleasing forms. During this process Rory is continually thinking on his feet which makes for a more intense working method.
In addition to Red Rag Gallery Rory McLauchlin has particapated in various art exhibitions across the UK including: the RGI, PAI and VAS and numerous commercial art galleries throughout the UK. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Rory McLauchlin artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish contemporary art can be shipped worldw
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Louis S McNALLY
Louis McNally was born in 1963 in Inverkip, Scotland. He attended Gray's School of Art between 1986 and 1990 graduating with a BA- Hons.
Louis McNally has a very distinctive and recognisable style of oil painting. He painstakingly develops his paintings over many weeks of using drawings, photos and memory. The result is often an emotive and atmospheric land or city scape with long, low horizons usually inspired by Edinburgh and the East Coast areas. These contemporary paintings have unique haunting qualities which are unusual for paintings of such undoubted fine detailing and observation.
With his landscape paintings Louis McNally takes a particular view and stylises it to meet his own impressions. Well known vistas are thus transformed into something which the art viewer beholds and warms to. In doing so he often creates paintings which can have the look of those painted by Victorian Artists but which are undoubtedly contemporary in presentation. McNally certainly produces paintings of contrast.
Buildings in Louis McNally paintings have a solidity and a three dimensional quality to them giving the impression of a living being. In all McNally's paintings light pays a fundamental role as does the consequential shadow.
Louis McNally paintings are being increasingly collected by art enthusiasts and are now found in many private and public art collections including; Standard Life, Homes and Gardens Magazines and Institute of American Museums Washington.
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Ian McWhinnie was born in 1952 in Glasgow.
As a young artist Ian studied Drawing and Painting at the Glasgow School of Art between 1970-1974.
After studying painting at art school McWhinnie became an art teacher specialising in ceramics. With demand for his work increasing Ian set up his own art studio workshop in 2002 producing hand-painted and wheel thrown ceramic pieces.
McWhinnie created very striking and distinctive designs which worked equally well as ceramics or paintings. Eventually demand for paintings was so strong that he decided to focus all his energy on the brush.
Ian McWhinnie has now developed a very personal and recognizable painting style. His subject matter is diverse. Recent paintings have featured the sea, childhood memories, Italy, musicians, dancers and the circus which is a recurring theme. McWhinnie paintings depict Figures of strong character closely assembled and cropped tightly within each painting
Ian McWhinnie contemporary paintings are oil on gesso board. And his paintings typically display the fine detailing so necessary in ceramic art.
McWhinnie has been exhibiting and selling his contemporary paintings for a relatively short period of time. But he has already built up a strong Scottish following where his paintings are eagerly sought after and have received very favourable acclaim. In 2006 McWhinnie was a prize winner at Paisley Art Institute Open Exhibition.
In addition to Red Rag Scottish Art Gallery Ian McWhinnie has exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Ian McWhinnie artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Catriona Millar was born in Milngavie, Glasgow in 1956. She studied at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen graduating in 2005.
In a very short timescale Catriona Millar has established herself as one of Scotland's most collectable artists. She produces bold, colourful art works. Often these are inspired by her own life experience combined with creative flair. The results are unique and highly recognisable figurative paintings which captivate and delight the many art collectors of her work.
Catriona Millar paints in the rural isolation of the Scottish countryside. Surrounding her are portraits of relatives, teachers and neighbours - who are often the inspiration of her paintings. Catriona Millar does not use a paintbrush. She prefers to use a palette knife, which enables her to apply paint thickly, producing the textured effect that has become her trademark. Viewing Catriona Millar's paintings it is tempting to reach out and touch the canvas and the tactile looking surface. This painting technique and the subtle nuances of narrative that she achieves using this method is what sets Catriona's figurative work apart.
The subject of Catriona Milllar's paintings is almost exclusively people. Her fascination with faces and the sensuality of flesh dictate her muse, while her intensely layered application creates a story that unfolds with each stroke. It is perhaps this strong connection with her subject matter that art collectors have been drawn to providing Catriona with incredible and unexpected sucess.
Talking about her sucess Catriona Millar says: " Had I gone to art school in my 20s I might not have enjoyed the same success. I won a scholarship in the early 1970s in Harrogate but then moved back to Aberdeen so I didn't complete it ". She continued to paint but, with two children to raise, family responsibilities took priority and art had to take a back seat. It wasn't until the late 1990s when, dropping her now grown-up son off at Gray's School of Art where he was a life model, that Catriona became intrigued by the art studio where first-year students were busily working away. That glimpse of budding young artists learning their craft spurred Catriona to apply, and by the time she was hanging her degree show in 2005 word had spread about her paintings - and even the lecturers were queuing up to buy her work.
Today Catriona Millar is recognised as one of Scotland's foremost figurative painters. She is listed in the 2012 edition of Who's Who in Scotland. The Sunday Herald Newspaper has ranked her in the top five most collectable Scottish artists and her work is collected throughout Europe, the Far East and America. She has won the respect and acclaim of collectors, critics and leading galleries while her stunning works continue to enjoy a special place amongst the contemporary art buying public.
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Gordon Mitchell was born in 1952. He studied art at Edinburgh College of Art from 1970 - 1974 and subsequently pursued a career in teaching art. In 1989 Gordon Mitchell decided to become a full time professional artist and left teaching.
Gordon Mitchell is a prolific painter. Although often describe as a surrealist artist, Gordon describes himself as an 'abstract expressionist'. Inspiration for his paintings can be a group of words, a topical news story, but more usually it's a visual pun that his pictures develop out of. His modern art works are certainly thought-provoking and visually striking.
Gordon Mitchell has been described as one of the finest Scottish draughtsman and imaginative painters of his generation. His paintings display a balance and tonal harmony of a fine Scottish colourist. Mitchell's paintings are beautifully executed and can be amusing at times, at others ironic. Some say it is dark, but this is not always the case. The paintings range over many subjects from fruit and ceramic vessels to the human form represented as all manner of objects. Gordon is certainly the master of unexpected juxtaposition and constantly delights his many art collectors and admirers with his technical brilliance and offbeat sense of humour. Mitchell uses humour, pathos and irony in his paintings to interpret his thoughts and make them palatable to a world that might sometimes rather not be reminded of the problems it faces, collectively or individually.
Gordon Mitchell is a driven individual and prolific painter. He likes an intensive, regular, daily eight hours in his studio. Sculpture, for which he also won prizes at College, continues its appeal; but for Mitchell, it involves a process that takes too long whereas to him, painting is an immediate form of expression - often he will not know what he will put on his canvas until he takes up his brush.
Gordon Mitchell is an elected Member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour (1997), the Royal Glasgow Institute (1998) and the Royal Scottish Academy (2005).His modernart work has won numerous awards and his paintings are represented in a number of important public and private art collections including Kansas City Art Institute, Paisley Art Institute, Ralli Museums, Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish Arts Council, and the University of Edinburgh.
In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery Gordon Mitchell art work has been exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Gordon Mitchell artist studio and like all Red Rag Modern art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide. Gordon Mitchell Limited
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Nikki Monaghan was born in Bathgate, Scotland in 1971. She studied at The Scottish College of Textiles gaining a BA(Hons) Degree in Printed Textiles.
During her career Nikki has worked as an interior stylist and designer, also spending time involved with community arts.Today she produces paintings full of colour which evolve by layering a mix of acrylics, oil pastels and collage.
Her paintings are influenced by many everyday things especially the weather. The Scottish landscapes and seascapes are her main subject matter. The subjects are created from memories in a quirky manner, where figures and animals often feature in the paintings. Nikki feels that working from memory allows her art work to take on a stylized abstract feel. She paints on board and canvas which allows her to layer up mediums creating dense rich colours often discarding her paintbrush and using other means of getting paint onto canvas.
In addition to Red Rag Gallery Nikki Monaghan art work has been exhibited at a number of other Scottish Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Nikki Monaghan artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Born in England in 1957, Fiona North went on to move to Aberdeen in 1960 and gained a HNC in Fine Art followed by studies at Gray's School of Art where she gained a BA Hons in Fine Art, and she has lived and worked in Aberdeen ever since.
Fiona has always had a keen interest in painting old architecture, interiors and figure drawing. On her work, Fiona North has revealed that she attempts to capture the varying atmospheres we as an audience experience in different locations. Much of her subject matter is abandoned, empty buildings, void of human interaction. However the painter does also complete figurative work, and her distinctive style is emphasized through her use of oil on paper on board.
Fiona North's preferred medium is oil, and depending on what she is painting she can go from smooth lines and shadows to a looser style of working. Fiona North has also said that, "Light perspective and mood are an important factor in my work which I try to convey by using a subtle colour palette."
Fiona has had continued success since graduating and has exhibited at the RSA and shows her work with Red Rag Gallery in Bath as well as other leading galleries.
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Deborah Phillips was born in Dundee in 1965. Always anatural artist she first exhibited work at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art at the age of 14. She attended and graduated with BA Arts (Hons) from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1987. She is now established as a successful full time professional artists.
Deborah Phillips started her art career as a designer with the National Trust for Scotland. A similar role followed as Deborah undertook work with Historic Scotland. Deborah Phillips also worked with an international art and craft company professionally demonstrating art and craft materials from 1996 to 1998.
Today much of Deborah Phillips contemporary painting is undertaken from commissions. Corporate organisations such as Standard Life, Bank of Scotland, Marks and Spencer together with well know personalities feature as collectors of her increasingly popular painting.
Talking about her art work Deborah says," I enjoy all aspects of creating a painting, from going out into the the stunning Scottish countryside to collect reference material, priming the board on which I will paint, squeezing paint from the tubes and watching it glisten on the palette, holding the well-used brushes, mixing the squelchy colour and applying it in swathes, varnishing, framing and then seeing the finished article on a gallery wall - every stage gives me a thrill."
As a contemporary Scottish artist Deborah Phillips makes use of strong and bold colour. Her paintings are rooted in the rich, evocative Scottish Landscape. And in recent paintings Deborah has concentrated on using Acrylics which give added vitality and movement to her paintings.
A critic once wrote "Deborah Phillips is one of those gifted artists who can paint a scene which we are all familiar, yet have never seen as she sees it." Deborah describes her paintings as "Jaunty Scottish landscape!". They are certainly immediately identifiable and uplifting.
Several magazine articles have featured Deborah Phillips paintings including Artists and Illustrators and International Artist Magazine. She has also been the Cover Artist for Picture Business Magazine. And images of Deborah's contemporary paintings are now available as greetings cards from Paperlink within their L'arte range. When she is not painting Deborah Phillips is also a convener at the Dundee Art Society.
In addition to Red Rag Scottish Art Gallery Deborah Phillips art work has been exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Deborah Phillips artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Donald Provan was born in Scotland in 1964. He is a graduate and postgraduate of Edinburgh College of Art and graduated with a BA (Hons) degree and a post-graduate diploma in Drawing and Painting in 1987.
Donald Provan's art work is largely associated with water, divided neatly between those paintings concerned with 'above' the water and those, always tightly observed fish, concerned with the world below the surface. Has developed a strong and deserved reputation for his large, powerful landscape paintings and also for his superb paintings of fish. He displays a subtle mastery of tone and texture in his modern art works. Often using a limited palette of blues, greys, tans and the softest of browns Provan creates paintings with enduring appeal and the highest quality.
Donald Provan's landscapes often feature the shorelines of his native Scotland notably around East Wemyss, an old mining village where he used to fish as a boy. But people rarely feature in his landscapes, these are paintings about places where land and water meet and are executed with meticulous skill. His paintings successfully capture the intricate patterns of sky, sea and shingle but are less a record of how things actually look than an account of a particular way of seeing.
Donald Provan has had several solo shows and widely exhibited in group shows across the UK. A regular prize winner, he was awarded the David Cargill Award and the 2002 Cuthbert Award for 'New Young Artist' from the Royal Glasgow Institute. He has also received a Grant from The Scottish Arts Council, two from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Canada.
In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery Donald Provan's art work has been exhibited at a number of leading Scottish Art Galleries including the Royal Glasgow Institute. His paintings are held in both public and private art collections in the UK and Internationally. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Donald Provan artist studio and like all Red Rag Modern art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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David Schofield was born in Wrexham in 1972. As a young artist he studied contemporary art at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art graduating with a BA (Hons) in Illustration and Printmaking. Following that Schofield lectured in the College of Art Design school from 1994 to 1998. He also spent time working as a freelance illustrator
Since 1997 David Schofield has exhibited his contemporary paintings extensively in Scotland and more recently throughout England and Internationally.His paintings typically explore the ideas of stability and safety and the idealised notions of the remote and rural.
Talking about his art David says: 'As an artist I play with everyday locations, the omnipresent Scottish tenement building transformed into grand coliseums , the commuter masses into a sea of figures, narratives formed from a mass of people, the archetypal lushness of a meadow and the empty forest. However ,within these comfortable stages the foreign or 'unreal' are often placed; candy striped lighthouses planted far from the sea, biplanes breaking free from their moorings, all which add to a specific sense of surrealism and foreboding danger.
The overarching themes in the paintings are the ideas of stability and safety and the idealised notions of the remote and rural. Narratives born of observations of people, places and situations all contribute to the paintings'.
David Schofield is a regular exhibitor at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts. In 2003 he won The James Torrance Memorial Award, Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts and in 2005 he exhibited at the RGI Annual Art exhibition where he won the coveted David Cargill Art Award for Artists under 35 years of age.His latest success has been in October 2007, where he won the City Of Glasgow Award whilst exhibiting at the RGI. In 2017 he was given a Merit award in the book illustration section at the iJungle international illustration competition.
Schofield's innovative and imaginative work features in many private modern art collections in the UK, USA and France.
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Dionne Sievewright was born in 1973 in Perth, Scotland. She studied and graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee in 1997 obtaining a degree in Illustration and Printmaking. Since graduating Dionne has worked in a wide range of disciplines, including surface pattern design for textiles, architectural rendering and illustration for greeting cards, gift wrap, books and calendars. She also worked for a short period in Italy as a textile designer for the fashion house Missoni.
From 2001 Dionne Sievewright has worked as a full time professional artist. Typically inspiration for her paintings comes from travels, the natural landscape and vistas, and from everyday objects. Dionne uses watercolour and pencil sketches obtained from field trips as reference, after which she returns to our art studio. Using a mixture of media she creates paintings that capture the mood and seasonal flavours of the environment. Memory and imagination play a major part in the creative process of Dionne's art work. Composition, texture, light and tone are key factors. Talking about her art work Dionne says: " It's about playing with the shapes, patterns and forms until the composition is just right. I then apply layers of paint which are applied, rubbed and scratched away, creating textural qualities associated with the landscape.
Dionne Sievewright captures the changes of light throughout the seasons in her paintings. Her technique simplifies and accentuates the shapes and patterns of the land and rural buildings within it. Using vibrant layers of colour and pattern she successfully conveys the changing seasons inspired by the landscapes of Scotland, South West England and South Wales.
In addition to Red Rag Modern Art Gallery Dionne Sievewright has exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Dionne Sievewright artist studio and like all Red Rag British art and contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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David Smith was born in Dunbartonshire in 1957. He was educated at various colleges in Glasgow including Glasgow School of Art and the Glasgow Print Studio.
David Smith is constantly inspired by the Scottish coastal scenes and the fishing villages of the East Coast of Scotland. Other subjects which regularly feature in his art works are the Scottish islands and mountains.
The palette and inspiration of David Smith's contemporary paintings are taken from the Scottish Western seaboard and the landscapes of Scotland. This combined with David's love of climbing and hill-walking is reflected in his paintings. His distinctive art style generates a feeling of a particular time and place and the associated atmosphere at the time
With his love of the outdoors and having an interest in boats and the Scottish landscape, David Smith spends much of his time painting in the Scottish Highlands and in coastal settings. Although imagination, memory and sketches are important, he feels there is no substitute for working on location.
Although most of David's work is completed outdoors because of the uncertainty of the Scottish weather, it's often necessary to retreat to the safe haven of his studio. Referring to notes and watercolour or pencil sketches he can add detail to the painting. If necessary, varnishing and some final touches can be done many weeks later. Light is very important and David is fortunate to have a studio facing in a south easterly direction.
David Smith has been the recipient of a number of art awards including the prestigious David Cargill prize at the 2001 RGI art exhibition. He is also a member and past President of the Glasgow Group of Artists and in November 2011 was accepted into the RSW. In 2014 he won the By Distinction Art Award, PAI Annual Exhibition and in 2015 The Rendezvous Gallery Artist in Residence Award, RSW Annual Exhibition
David Smith contemporary paintings are now in many private art collections. His art works are also in collections of Fielden House, House of Lords (London) Glasgow Caledonian University, Miller, Becket and Jackson and The Law Society, Glasgow.
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James Somerville is a graduate from Edinburgh College of Art. His early career was spent in art education at various Scottish Art establishments eventually becoming National Development Officer for Art and Design in the Scottish Department of Education.
James Somerville became a full-time artist in 1990. Since then he has participated regularly the RSA and RSW annual exhibitions and has had several solo art shows in the UK. His paintings have also shown at Art Fairs in London, Barcelona and New York.
James Somerville produces contemporary paintings in a variety of subject matter including Still-Life, Landscape and various aspects of the built and man-made environment.
He travels extensively throughout Scotland, Spain, Italy and more recently in British Columbia. All of these locations provide a source of inspiration for his art works.
James Somerville paintings are in numerous public and private art collections including the Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh Hospitals Collection, Pitlochry Festival (Harry Cruden) Collection, Fife Regional Council .
Commenting on James Somerville works Martin Lenon, Scotsman/Edinburgh Evening News said: 'The youthful and vibrant brushwork of septuagenarian James Somerville is simply stunning. His paintings show a confidence of experience and an innocent abandon simultaneously. The sheer intensity of the colours is breathtaking.'
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Katherine SWINFEN EADY
Katherine Swinfen Eady was born in 1966. She trained at Edinburgh College of Art under William Baillie, John Houston, George Donald and David Michie gaining a BA[Hons] in Drawing and Painting in 1989. The training at Edinburgh was centred on the traditional craft of drawing and strong use of colour which is so evident within Katherine’s work and she feels very privileged to have benefited from such a formal training.
The Scottish influence remains very strong in Katherine's art work. Scottish artists such as Sir Robin Philipson and Dame Elizabeth Blackadder have had a major influence on Katherine's paintings. They demonstrated that to be successful you do not have to compromise your talent as a true painter, a belief that Katherine holds very dear. She says: "At Edinburgh I had the privilege to be tutored by successful artists who inspired me to continue in the tradition of Scottish oil painting."
Katherine lives on Salisbury Plain and enjoys the vast areas of uninhabited landscape, the shifting light and impressive skies which she finds a constant source of inspiration. Much in demand now after eight successful Solo shows, she can regularly be found at all the major Art Fairs and exhibits landscapes from as far afield as the Isle of Harris and Palestine. Her focussed and detailed still-lives are also much sort-after, after winning her the coveted William and Mary Armour prize from the Paisley art Institute in 2007.
In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery Katherine Swinfen Eady has exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Katherine Swinfen Eady artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Nicola Wakeling was born in 1978 in Essex but moved to Scotland when she was one year old. Scotland has had a big influence on her and her work ever since. Showing a talent for art from an early age she went on to graduate with a BA (Hons) in Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art and then a PGCE in Art and Design(secondary) at the London Institute of Education.
Nicola's work is mainly landscape based and is inspired by the beaches and dramatic scenery of the West Coast of Scotland. She grew up in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire and visited the Outer Hebrides several times a year to visit family. The majority of her paintings are based on scenes in the Hebrides. As she says; 'Anyone who has ever stood on a Hebridean beach will recognise the emotions that my work tries to invoke. From the vast expanse of sea and sky to the subtle colour and movement changes that come with the turning tide'.
Nicola has always admired Edward Hopper's work and his simple desire to 'paint sunlight on the side of a building'. Scottish painting is a constant source of inspiration whether it is the figurative work of Ken Currie or the free brushwork of Joan Eardley. 'When it comes to creating a work, my main aim is to paint a sense of space and feeling of smallness within a landscape'.
Each series of Nicola Wakeling paintings begins with a walk. She walks in all weathers and will set off along the beach in rain, hail and sun and with the ever present Outer Hebrides wind. She prefers 'miserable days for interesting clouds'. 'The white beach and turquoise seas on a sunny day are far too glaring and positive'.
Nicola's main method of recording the landscape is with a digital camera. She will take around 200 photographs on a walk of about 3 hours. 'As I'm walking, I'm looking out for the way the light changes as the wind skiffs clouds overhead. The colours are constantly changing as light hits a particular area of sand or the way the sky is reflected in the water. Ideally, I gather material just after the tide has gone out and there is a layer of water that reflects the sky and this can be manipulated to create a sense of space. Other times, I'll be driving and will have to fling the car into a passing place because a certain cloud has caught my eye. When I began painting the Hebrides, I wanted to communicate cultural and family associations within the work. Now it's more about the landscape itself'.
Once she is back in her studio she works with music constantly blaring, first with large brushes to block in shapes then moving on to smaller brushes for detail in the finishing stages. 'Oil paint is a glorious medium, it smells like you're doing something important and the strength of colour suits my subject matter. I use large japanese brushes to achieve the smooth reflections and large cloud areas.'
She uses mixed media and various techniques including wax and household paint in order to achieve the many different textures that are found on the shore.
Artist Nicola Wakeling is one of a growing number of artists whose modern art works feature at Red Rag Gallery in Bath. Modern art work from Nicola Wakeling is regularly exhibited at the Bath art gallery which also offers an extensive choice of modern art, contemporary sculptures and collectible art prints from other present day artists.
In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery Nicola Wakeling art work has been exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries and are held in several collections. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Nicola Wakeling artist studio and like all Red Rag Modern art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Tom Watt was born in Montrose in 1951. He studied drawing at Edinburgh College of Art from 1971 to 1975 under Philipson, Peploe, Cumming and Michie
After art college Tom Watt undertook a career in teaching where he was ultimately working as Head of Art at James Gillespie's High School in Edinburgh. During this time most of his paintings produced by Tom Watt were commissioned art pieces. He eventually left Art Education and since then has spent the last 20 years devoting himself entirely to painting.
Tom Watt has always been fascinated by the effect of light and colour on his surroundings. His subjects have included the small fishing villages of Fife, the canals of Venice and the Tuscan and Gascon countryside.
A move from Scotland to the south-west of France has seen Tom responding to the warm dappled sunlight around him in the harbours of the Mediterranean and the outdoor life of the local people.
Tom Watt paintings are to be found in the art collections of The Royal Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale Bank, West Lothian District Council, the Sutherland Regional Authority, PriceWaterhouse Coopers and Boland Limited as well as in many private art collections throughout the UK, France, Germany and Canada.
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Gordon Wilson was born in Glasgow in 1968. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and has worked in the art industry for many years as a designer, picture framer, art restorer, art dealer and artist.
Gordon Wilson was inspired as a young boy by David Sutherland who was a cartoonist at DC Thomson, publisher of the Beano and Dandy comics. His father was a watercolour artist and art framer and another artistic influence on his art work, so were artists Freud, Byrne, Stanley Spencer, Howson and Currie.
Working predominantly in oils Gordon Wilson subject matter ranges from quirky portraiture and obscure figurative to dynamic landscape. Wilson's expressive oil paintings are inspired by his native Scotland whether dark and moody or an explosion of colour they reflect the ever changing moods of both the countryside and the artist himself. Gordon Wilson paints from the heart. He deliberately rejects the dark side of life and works persistently to create a sense of enjoyment in his paintings, invoking positive reactions rather than any sense of the negative.
Demand for Gordon Wilson colouful art works continues to grow. Today his work can be found in corporate and private collections throughout the world. In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery Gordon Wilson has exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries. He has participated in several solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions including The Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI) and The Paisley Arts Institute (PAI). Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Gordon Wilson artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Helen WILSON RGI
Helen Wilson was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, in 1954. She studied at Glasgow School of Art and at Hospitalfield Art centre. During this time she was awarded the Robert Hart Bursary and Governor's Prize, Hospitalfield; a Travelling Scholarship (Italy and Yugoslavia); the WO Hutcheson Prize for Drawing; the Postgraduate Studies Award, Glasgow School of Art; and the John and Mabel Craig Award.
Artists David Hockney and Chagall were strong influences during Helen Wilson's time at the Glasgow School of Art. She has always liked the art work Degas and admires Sickert, Giotto and the Italian Masters. Her greatest influence was Scottish artist Charles MacQueen from her days in the Art Department of her school in Paisley.
Helen Wilson is the recipient of numerous art awards. These include: The RGI David Cargill Award; Diploma of the Paisley Art Institute (2005); 1st Prize, Scottish Drawing Competition (2005, 2000 and 1997)); Cyril Gerber Award and Millers Art Prize, Paisley Art Institute (2003); Garrick/Milne Competition, Commissioning Prize: Portrait of David Suchet (2003); Regional Prize: The Discerning Eye Exhibition, London (2003)
Helen Wilson is a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI) and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters (RSW). Her paintings are in various private and public art collections including: Glasgow Art Gallery, Kelvingrove, Paisley Museum & Art Gallery, Scottish Arts Council, Royal College of Ophthalmologists and the Royal College of Physicians.
In addition to Red Rag Modern Art Gallery Helen Wilson has exhibited at other leading Modern Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Helen Wilson artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Modern art it can be shipped worldwide.
Modern Art: Helen Wilson at Red Rag Gallery
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Alma Wolfson was born in 1942. Between 1960 and 1964 Alma studied under Robert Stewart at Glasgow School of Art.
Alma Wolfson has exhibited at many solo and mixed British and Scottish art exhibitions. In the process Alma's paintings have won many art awards including: Barclay Lennie Award Glasgow Society of Women Artists 1995; Millers Art Prize Paisley Art Institute 1995; Southern Art Club Trophy 1995 &1998; Alva Purchase Prize SAAC 1998; Save the Children Award 2000
Alma Wolfson is a member and Past President of GSWA; the SAAC; and Southern Art Club.
Alma Wolfson contemporary paintings can be found in the art collections of: Scottish Arts Council and Bank of Scotland. Wolfsan paintings are also in many private Scottish art collections as well as International art collections.
Up until the late eighties Alma's paintings were completed in gouache. After joining the Glasgow's Southern Art Club she was encouraged to switch to oils and hasn't looked back.
Alma loves painting 'en plein air' in the Scottish country and seaside. She produces compelling paintings in both oil and watercolours. Wolfson's painterly approach is suited and used to great effect when painting Landscape or Seascapes. But she is equally at home producing beautiful Still Life paintings.
However it is the constantly changing Scottish weather patterns which are a constant source of inspiration and challenge to Wolfson. These paintings communicate real atmosphere - capturing the time and place often in dramatic fashion. Alma says: 'The best thing in the world is to be tucked away, out of the wind, in the Scottish countryside or by the sea, painting like fury before the next change in the weather.' For the last 30 years she spent time on the tiny island of Easdale on Scotland's west coast. Much of her landscape work has been inspired by this remote part of Argyll where Alma is a familiar sight on the island - often seen as a tiny figure sitting wrapped up against the elements in front of a large canvas
Alma claims not to be one of the fastest artists and that it takes her all day to warm-up to be flexible enough to paint. This may account for the number of paintings that have a late afternoon light. But Wolfson's produces paintings that are full of light and fresh air - coupled with clouds and shadows. She also brings a special eye for shape, form, colour and texture. The results are wonderfully loose landscapes of the Scottish countryside in all weathers and seasons.
Alma is a Scottish colourist in the tradition of Cadell, Fergusson, Hunter and Peploe. She sees Landscape in certain colours and these appear regularly in her contemporary art. Indian Red is her chosen paint for bracken and Indigo Blue for the pines of Perthshire. Until 20 years ago, Wolfson painted entirely in gouache but after becoming a member of Glasgow's noted Southern Art Club, she was encouraged by her peers to take up oils.
In addition to Red Rag Scottish Art Gallery Alma Wolfson art work has been exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Alma Wolfson artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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