Scottish art, Scottish paintings, and Scottish artists and contemporary art - Artist CV's
Muriel Barclay was born in Glasgow. She studied History and Philosophy at Edinburgh University before leaving Scotland for London, where she worked at a Mayfair art gallery.
After returning to Scotland Muriel decided to start teacher training. However, the motivation to paint was never far away and teaching hours gave her the flexibility to juggle her family life, leaving her some space to take regular art classes. Later Barclay moved to part-time teaching to give herself even more time to paint and also studied for an Open University Degree in Art History, which she said was "life changing."
Murial Barclay studied the development of art from the mid 1800s to the 1980s. This was a period when art was to take a massive turn with the advent of Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. The studies had a profound effect on the development of Muriel as an artist.She says: "I started to understand what, how and why paint works. It made me reflect on what I wanted to paint and my own techniques."
Muriel Barclay has been influenced by many of the great artists. In particular she appreciates the paintings of Edward Manet , Degas, Matisse as well as Malevich, Mondrian, Rothko and Jackson Pollock. Muriel also has a love of photography, including Testino, Lee Miller and Diane Arbus and is enthralled by their powers of observation.
Talking about her paintings Muriel Barclay says: "I am interested by people and their relationship with each other and the world." She is especially interested in the female form, their intimacy, vulnerability, fragility and their defenses. Muriel's paintings are about observation and ambiguity and she encourages the viewer to interpret what the painting is trying to say.
Muriel Barclay's subjects are often beautiful, immaculately groomed girls with their hair tied back and meticulous face make-up. Frequently they are positioned in a musical or ballet theme with props which can include musical instruments, animals and males to enhance her narrative.
Today Muriel Barclay is a hugely popular Scottish with an enthusiastic number of appreciative art collectors across the world.
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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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George Birrell was born in 1950. He trained at the Glasgow School of Art (1967 - 1971) and was involved with the Hospitalfield Summer School in 1970. He had an impressive line up of high pedigree tutors including Leon Morrocco, Goudie, Robertson, Donaldson, Fergusson and William Crosbie.After leaving art school George taught art and design in Scottish schools for the next decade, starting painting full time in 1990's.
Birrell lectured in art, design and photography from 1985 - 1998. Since then George has taken part in regular joint and group art exhibitions at many Scottish galleries particularly: Edinburgh Art Galleries,
Glasgow Art Galleries, and
Fife Art Galleries
. He has also exhibited his art abroad.
George Birrell produces Architectural paintings
and Landscape paintings
of his native Scotland. The East Coast Scottish towns and fishing villages of Fife hold a special fascination. One is immediately struck by the bold use of strong colour and stylised compositions. He describes this as an emotional response to memories and atmosphere of these special places on the Scottish east coast . Vigorous handling of colour, a bold palette and strong design are all hallmarks of his painting.
Speaking about his paintings Birrell says: 'I paint neither on the spot nor from photographs, but improvise the remembered essentials of a place, in the comfort of my art studio. Harbours and their bric-a-brac attract me, as do mills and castles. Texture, colour and pattern are what I use to evoke feel-good locations.'
An example of George Birrell's art work is the oil painting 'Church Tower, Fife'. This is a typical of Birrell painting, with a clear and well constructed composition clearly illustrating George's bold and effective use of colour to create an emotional impact. The contrasting colours, which create areas of light and shade, draw us into the small Scottish village. There is a great sense of peace and serenity in the work. A moment of stillness and clarity before the evening light fades.
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Garry Brander began his studies in 2005 obtaining his HND in graphic design in 2007, winning several awards including the Trade House of Scotland ‘Best 2D Painting’. He began exhibiting his artwork in and around the west coast of Scotland and shortly after made the decision to attend the Glasgow School of Art. Graduating in 2011 with a BA Honours in Fine Art, he enjoyed a sell-out degree show.
Garry spends much of his time painting the highlands and islands of Scotland, particularly the island of Tiree, where his family has lived and worked the old watermill and surrounding crofts for over 500 years. His love of the West Coast has inspired his paintings and living on the islands, learning about remoteness, isolation and the beauty of the beaches and landscapes, has forged the artist he has become. His upbeat and vibrant modern palette raises the viewer’s level of emotional engagement with his paintings and reminds them that Scotland is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Garry Brander’s contemporary artwork is in private collections all over the world and has been exhibited in Art Fairs from New York to London and Amsterdam. He also exhibits with many of Scotland’s best-known galleries and has had many successful solo exhibitions.
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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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John Brown was born in 1945 and studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1963 until 1968. He worked as the Director of Arts at many Scottish schools, latterly at the Edinburgh Academy.
John Brown is a well established exhibitor at RSW, RSA and RGI and has won many awards including the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Association Residency. His art work is characterised by a rich and vibrant palette and varied use of oil, mixed media and collage. His subjects are often based on particular foreign travel, with recent works influenced by trips to Venice, Kerala and Mekong.
In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery John Brown has exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the John Brown artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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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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Catriona Campbell was born in Dollar, Scotland in 1940. Her father, Ian Campbell, was an artist and art teacher and he taught Catriona the importance of observation and the absolute necessity of developing drawing skills.
Catriona Campbell studied art at Glasgow School of Art from 1957-61. She was a student of David Donaldson and Mary Armour. She studied the art works of Degas, Uccello, Velazquez and Stanley Spencer and learned about how shapes and the spaces between them are vital to composition. The paintings of Scottish artist Joan Eardley also made a deep impression on her. She was awarded The Somerville Shanks Prize for Portraiture in 1959 and graduated in 1961.
Catriona Campbell combined teaching in various primary and secondary schools and then in special education in Edinburgh and Fife with bringing up two children and finally left teaching in 1981 to become a full time painter.
Catriona Campbell paintings display a continuing passion and interest in figure painting. She is an excellent observer of human situations. She also has a love and knowledge of horses, which often inform her subject matter. She works mainly in oils producing paintings rich in colour and depth.
Catriona Campbell has won a number of awards including the Founder's Prize and the Anne Redpath Award from the Scottish Society of Women Artists, and the Morton Fraser Award from Visual Arts Scotland. She was elected a professional member of the Scottish Society of Women Artists (now re-named Visual Arts Scotland) in 1986 and subsequently a professional member of Paisley Art Institute.
In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery Catriona Campbell art work has been exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries including: the Royal Scottish Academy, The Royal Glasgow Institute, The Society of Scottish Artists. She has also exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in London. Her paintings are held in both public and private art collections in the UK, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Hong Kong. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Catriona Campbell artist studio and like all Red Rag Modern 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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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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Scottish Art: Mike Healey
Mike Healey was born in Brazil in 1951. He studied under John Cunningham at Glasgow School of Art, winning the Haldane Travelling Scholarship and the Leverhulme Travelling Scholarship.
In the early 1980s Mike Healey was appointed senior lecturer at Glasgow School of Art and worked there until 1997. He now divides his time between his Scottish art studio, painting trips and teaching at Lincoln University, where he was awarded a personal professorial chair in art and design in 2003
A popular colorist painter of rich still lives, Scottish landscapes, snow scenes and seascapes. Mike paints spontaneous 'plein-air' scenes in the Highlands and the Islands. He is a true painter of the Scottish School and has exhibited extensively throughout his career, in his native Scotland and in London, New York, Philadelphia, Maryland, Bermuda and Japan.
Mike Healey contemporary paintings display a rich quality and his use of vivid strong brushstrokes successfully captures Mike's direct response to the elements he sees. Capturing the changing visual effect of nature on his surroundings is important to him. In Mike Healey's words, 'It goes beyond painting ' the scents, noises, the wind and sound of the sea. All these influences contribute to the act of painting.'
Mike Healey paintings may be found in several public, corporate and private collections worldwide, including Glasgow School of Art, the European Parliament, the Royal Mail, Woburn Abbey, Argyll and Bute Museum and Libraries, the Scottish Education Department, The Collection, Bermuda, under the patronship of HRH the Prince of Wales. Harvard Business School with the Bank of Scotland, Coutts Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland have all purchased several paintings for their permanent collections.
In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery Mike Healey has exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Mike Healey artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Modern 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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Robert Kelsey was born in Glasgow in 1949. He attended the Glasgow School of Art studying under leading artists David Donaldson, John Cunningham, Alexander Goudie, James Robertson and Duncan Shanks. Years later Robert Kelsey's paintings still reflect the powerful influence of his art tutors. Other influences on Kelsey's paintings are The Scottish Colourists, Peploe and Cadell and Robert also admires the art work of the English artists Edward Seago and Ken Howard.
After graduating, like many Scottish artists, Robert Kelsey embarked on a career in Art Education. As an art teacher in a sympathetic school environment Kelsey was encouraged to concentrate on his own art projects alongside classroom work. By the time Bob was appointed Principal Teacher in the '80s he had established his own art studio and was able to continue to painting there.
In 1995 Robert Kelsey decided to leave art teaching for a full-time career as an artist. Success soon followed and Kelsey has enjoyed many successful art exhibitions in Britain, Europe and the United States. Robert's contemporary paintings can also be found in several corporate art collections. In 1998 he was awarded a diploma from Paisley Art Institute.
Despite being an enthusiastic traveller, Robert Kelsey has always loved returning to his Scottish roots and the inspiration found in the beauty of the Scottish coastline. He has established a creative reputation from his faithful depictions of the coastal landscapes of Western Scotland and its adjacent islands. Kelsey's' distinctive oils on canvas paintings convey the vast flat beaches, sparkling emerald water and majestic skies in a glowing array of blues, golds and greens.
Speaking about his paintings Robert Kelsey says: 'Much of my inspiration comes from the land and seascapes to be found on the West coast of Scotland, near Arisaig, and in particular, the coasts around the islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides. My Grandparents were school teachers on Barra at the turn of the last century and my father was born on the Island in 1906. When I visited the island myself some years ago I enjoyed the experience of arriving in a tiny plane, and landing on the cockle strand airstrip with salt spray splashing the windows. Seconds later, walking on the sand, I was overcome by the beauty of my surroundings. A vast flat beach, sparkling emerald water, and a huge sky'.
Robert Kelsey is now firmly recognised as one of Scotland's leading contemporary artists. He is known for his lively and fluent style of painting and his undoubted artistic skill in capturing light and colour, to which he brings an unparalleled accuracy. True to the captivating qualities and philosophy of the Scottish Colourists, Robert Kelsey paints with vigour and feeling to interpret a sense of place through the power of light and colour.Talking about his paintings he says: 'Light is generally the most important quality. For me, the main interest and challenge of painting lies in capturing the particular translucency and clarity of light in different parts of the world'
Over the past decade or so, Robert has established an enviable following and reputation for his sensitive and atmospheric oil paintings, and especially for his beach subjects. Kelsey often focuses on the wide, lonely beach landscapes of the Western Isles. Alongside Scottish paintings Kelsey also produces wonderful landscape paintings of Italy, Suffolk, Cornwall and Spain as well as richly coloured still life paintings. The intensity of colour in these continental works and still lifes complement the more subtle tones of the Scottish beaches.
Robert Kesley has painted beaches and seascapes for more than 30 years. Gradually his paintings featured more welcoming, warm and sunny beaches, which he often paints in tropical and Mediterranean locations. 'It's that sort of atmosphere that I am after, preferably with crystal clear turquoise water and stretches of soft sand. I like quiet, remote places, such as in the Hebrides and along the west coast of Scotland.
In addition to Red Rag Scottish Art Gallery Robert Kelsey art work has been exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries. His paintings have also been in exhibitions in London and Internationally. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Robert Kelsey artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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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.'¯
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 PAI RSW
John Kingsley RSW PAI (b.1956) is a Scottish artist born in Glasgow. Working in both representational and more abstract formats, the landscapes of Scotland and Provence in particular have been long-standing sources of inspiration for him.
He studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art from 1973-77 under the tutorship of Geoffrey Squire, and other prominent Scottish artists such as James D. Robertson and David Donaldson.
Continuing his work in Scottish art, in 1979 John Kingsley was elected an artist member of the Glasgow Art Club. From 1980-86 he exhibited solo 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.
A finalist in the Hunting Art prizes competition in London in 1989, 1993, and 1998, and highly commended in the same competition in 1996, John Kingsley has firmly established his reputation as a leading Scottish contemporary artist. He won the William Bowie Landscape Prize in 1991 and the Mary Armour Award at the Paisley Art Institute in 1992. Other awards include the Paisley Art Institute prize in 2003, the Reid Kerr College Award for painting in 2006, the Watermark Award in 2013, and the May Marshall Brown Award in 2017 (both at the RSW). John Kingsley also served as a member of the council of the Paisley Art Institute for fifteen years and was recently made an RSW after being elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.
Today, John Kingsley lives and works in Glasgow, and has an international reputation with art works in many private and public collections across Europe, Australia, Canada, and the USA. His paintings can be found in the art collections of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, the Argyle and Bute District Council, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow.
In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery John Kingsley has exhibited at a number of other Scottish 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 Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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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 Hamish MacDonald original paintings. If you are interested in selling a Hamish MacDonald Original painting please contact the gallery on 01451 832563.
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Jock MacINNES RGI
Jock MacInnes was born in 1943. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art where he graduated in 1966.
Like many Artists Jock MacInnes spent his early career teaching Art - in his case at the Glasgow School of Art. Throughout his time teaching Jock continued with his own painting regularly exhibiting and winning art Awards and Scholarships. These included: the Paisley Art Institute, Drawing competition; the Cargill Award, Royal Glasgow Institute; and the Colquhoun Memorial Painting Competition.
Demand for Jock MacInnes paintings increased to such an extent that he left Glasgow Art School to concentrate on full time painting in 1999. Prior to this MacInnes had been elected as a member of the prestigious RGI in 1988 and joined the Council of the RGI in 1995.
Although Jock MacInnes paintings are influenced by the Scottish Colourist artists, he describes himself as a 'Modernist' at heart. And so he draws upon inspiration from English artists such as Nicholson, Scott and Wallis together with European artists Matisse, Braque and Morandi.
MacInnes has a recurring fascination with marine painting. But he also produces stunning landscape and still life paintings, which have the same simplicity. Above all MacInnes paintings have a quietness to them. Unusually he prepares all his own painting grounds, a type of gesso on board.Then with great skill MacInnes not only draws and paints on to the surface, he also abrades and scrapes into the canvas. In doing so MacInnes creates a strong feeling of atmosphere and mood.
Collectors of Jock MacInnes paintings include: The Dick Institute, Kilmarnock; Paisley Art Institute; Nationwide Building Society; Royal Bank of Scotland; and Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities.
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In addition to Red Rag Scottish Art Gallery Jock MacInnes art work has been exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Jock MacInnes artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Donald MacLean (b.1962) is a Scottish artist producing still life and landscape paintings. Brought up in Paisley, Scotland, Donald studied Fine Art (sculpture) at Glasgow School of Art from 1980-85. Much of his student work explored organic forms and textures through clay and wax modelling, and bronze casting.
After graduating, Donald pursued a life-long interest in the theatre. Starting with community and educational theatre around central Scotland, he then moved to Cardiff to take up Postgraduate studies in theatre design and production at University College Cardiff, returning to Scotland in 1989. Donald started to pursue a freelance career in theatre design and scenic art with many Scottish theatre companies, including: The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, The Citizens Theatre and the Tron Theatre, Glasgow and Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet as well as production and event management such as the millennium and tercentenary events for the town of Campbeltown, Argyll. He also taught on the technical theatre course at Coatbridge College.
Donald continued to work in theatre into the early 2000s. Following a move from Glasgow to the west coast of Scotland he decided to pursue painting again. He began to exhibit at local galleries and The Paisley Art Institute. In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery, he has exhibited in galleries from Glasgow to Devon as well as art fairs in Edinburgh and Chelsea.
Donald was initially inspired by the Scottish landscape around his home, but he has since gradually developed an interest in the ‘design’ aspects of still life painting allowing him to examine themes of colour and composition. This has gradually developed into a stylistically more contemporary approach, which has led him to return to some of the themes of his college years sculptures – this time exploring organic plant forms in painting terms of colour and pattern. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Donald MacLean artist studio and like all Red Rag Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Charles MacQueen was born in Glasgow in 1940. He was educated at St Aloysius College and then attended the Glasgow School of Art.
After graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 1965, Charles MacQueen pursued a successful career in Art Education. Throughout his teaching years Charles continued to paint and exhibited widely. Eventually in 1990 Charles retired to concentrate full time as a professional artist.
Charles MacQueen has won many art awards over a long and distinguished career. This includes: the Council Award of the RSW ; the Torrance Award and the Teacher's Whisky Travel Award, both at the Royal Glasgow Institute. He was also elected a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute in 1983 and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1984.
Charles MacQueen paintings can be extremely textured. He uses textured levels of paint and gesso to create the feeling, sensation or experience of specific places. Charles says of his paintings "The forms I use are forms remembered or dreamt about. The stark visual contrasts of moving between strong blinding sunlight and dark bazaars full of rich reds, golds and turquoise inhabit my paintings. This is like being put down to sleep in a darkened room with strong sumlight streaming through the shutters. This is not representation but an evocation".
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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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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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Georgina McMaster was born in 1980 and trained at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) from 1998 to 2002. One of the biggest influences was her Grandmother Souchonne who was herself a figurative painter. Georgina's Grandmother encouraged by her to paint and drawing from a young age and she was also given a great deal of encouragement by her parents. Another contributor in her art development was her art teacher at St Columba's, Kilmacolm, Maria Robertson. It was Robertson who really taught Georgina how to paint and mix colours and she gave her the time in one-to-one tuition and encouraged Georgina to use her talents to go on to art school.
Georgina McMaster art work explores aspects of our natural environment and specifically the animals around us. In using a largely blank background in her paintings, she makes the animal the prominent significant subject and she uses careful compositional techniques to give and bring out the animal's personality and character.
When Georgina McMaster talks about animals, she immediately smiles and becomes animated and has a certain 'sparkle' in her eye. She describes them as 'beautiful' and 'I love them and there is no doubt she really means it. Her interest in animals goes back to childhood where she was 'brought up with four cats, a dog and three horses and they were my friends and a big part of my life'. This closeness to her pets is probably is at the core of Georgina's interest in painting animals or wildlife.
Georgina McMaster's initial interest in painting animals was linear. She was drawn to their sense of movement, but this has moved to an interest in texture, the face and character and a representation of the 'soul' of the animal. Using art techniques inspired by fellow Scottish artist Jenny Saville, Georgina loves to combine detail in 'the eyes' with loose brushwork and layering in the representation of the fur or feathers, an effect that she can only achieve with the use of acrylics as a medium.
Speaking about her work Georgina says: 'I love to capture the texture of the animal and I want it to look like you can touch it and engage with it. I want it to come alive and be a part of your daily living space. People should be aware of animals and be aware of the importance of nature'. Georgina started painting with everyday animals, like cows, hens, birds and horses and she has progressively expanded her interest to the 'more exclusive' animals, like eagles and deer and threatened species like tigers, the animals that people don't always get to see or get up close to.
Georgina McMaster was awarded the First Time Exhibitor prize in 2007 at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the David Cargill Award in 2008 by the prestigious Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts. Also in 2008, she was elected as an Artist Member of the Glasgow Art Club. Her paintings and limited edition prints are now widely exhibited throughout the UK.
In addition to Red Rag Scottish Art Gallery Georgina McMaster art work has been exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Georgina McMaster artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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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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Sandra Moffat is a Scottish artist who strives to create atmosphere in her work through overlapping layers of texture and meaning, in order to evoke emotional and visual memories for the viewer.
Sandra Moffat graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1986. Having studied Embroidered and Woven Textiles she went on to develop a successful career with leading Interior Design companies such as Osborne and Little and Colefax and Fowler. In 2007 Sandra returned to her love of painting and began exhibiting her work successfully throughout Scotland, including at the Royal Glasgow Institute, Visual Art Scotland and Paisley Art Institute. She has work in private art collections in the UK, Spain, Canada, USA and Germany.
Sandra’s background in textiles has a strong influence on her art and she likes to work in an organic way by layering mixed media to prepare her board before making the first marks. Only when the layering process is complete does she decide on the composition of the piece, using the textures to suggest how the piece should evolve.
Sandra lives in the Southside of Glasgow with her husband and son, having previously stayed in Edinburgh for seven years.
Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Sandra Moffat artist studio and like all Red Rag Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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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 Edinburgh 1953. Studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art , Dundee 1970-1974. Awarded postgraduate year 1975, and achieved a highly commended post diploma ' the highest award possible at that time. Also awarded Farquhar Reid Travelling Scholarship 1975, which was spent in Paris and Florence.
Selected to study at Hospitalfield House, Arbroath during the summer of 1973, under the renowned pop artist Peter Blake.
Set up a design studio after college, whilst continuing to make time to paint and exhibit. In 1997, Jack decided to paint full time and now works from his studios at home in Fife, Scotland and occasionally on the Cote d'Azur in the south of France.
Jack chooses to paint several distinct types of work. He says 'I get bored easily, so the idea of painting only one type of subject, in one particular style, doesn't keep me interested creatively. I need to be more flexible, and move from one discipline to the next whenever I choose.'
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Morag Muir was born in Glasgow in 1960. She studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, graduating in 1982. Her tutors included Alberto Morroco and Dave McClure. A year later Morag completed a year of postgraduate study in 1983, winning the John Milne Purvis Prize and the Major Travelling Scholarship, which financed further study in Italy.
After graduating Morag Muir successfully balanced a career painting and lecturing. Increasing demand for her art work later resulted in Morag concentrating her efforts on painting and she is now a full-time artist.
In recent years Morag Muir's paintings have become more colourful, often echoing the hues of Eastern iconography and early Christian art. Recurring themes to her work include stained glass windows, flowers, textiles and ethnic bric-a-brac share the canvas, populating sometimes curious, ambiguous spaces. As much as anything Morag Muir is motivtaed by the sheer joy of painting. She enjoys the physical act of mixing colour and media to achieve specific textures and transparencies and the constant challenge of communicating her personal aesthetic in physical form.
Morag Muir is the recipient of several art awards. These include: the John Milne Purvis Prize; Scottish Education Department Major Travelling Scholarship; and a Scottish Arts Council Bursary for printmaking. She also received the Small Painting Award (RSW) and three prestigious awards at the Paisley Art Institute.
In addition to Red Rag Gallery Morag Muir has exhibited at numerous venues throughout Scotland and the U.K. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Morag Muir artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish 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 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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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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Colin Wilson - Red Rag Gallery
Born in Falkirk in 1988 and originally from Linlithgow, Colin Wilson now lives and works in Edinburgh. Graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2010, Wilson has been hailed as one to watch after being chosen to exhibit in the Royal Scottish Academy’s ‘New Contemporaries’ exhibition in 2011.
Colin Wilson says ‘painting photo realism still-lifes with a contemporary twist has always been my favourite subject matter and I am so delighted to see the response for my latest work, some of which really pushes the boundaries in its contemporary approach to this more traditional format and subject matter’.
Artist Colin Wilson’s original work is now sought after by collectors throughout the world and, as well as at the Red Rag Gallery in the Stow on the Wold, he exhibits at a number of leading contemporary art galleries throughout the UK.
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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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Christine Woodside is a Scottish artist (b.1946) producing landscapes and still lifes inspired by her travels and the landscape of rural Scotland where she lives.
Christine Woodside graduated from Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen in 1963 and in 1966 won the David Murray Scholarship for Landscape painting, followed by the Hospitalfield Scholarship in 1968. She painted throughout the 70s and 80s in her preferred medium of watercolour, and in 1993 was elected member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.
In 1995 she won the Teachers Whisky Travel Scholarship at the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts providing the opportunity to visit North Africa. This experience influenced much of her work in the subsequent years, changing both her style and interpretation to include a brighter palette and thicker paint. She has exhibited regularly since 1996 in both Edinburgh and London, with much of her work inspired by her study tours to Morocco, Tunisia, and Italy. In 1999 she was elected as a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art.
More recently, Christine Woodside’s work has depicted the Scottish landscape surrounding her home in Fife. Her work is held in public and private collections around the UK.
Talking about her work Christine says:
‘Winning the RGI Whisky Travel Award to Venice, Sienna and Florence was a major event in my life as a painter. I decided to use Japanese handmade paper to convey the rich colour and texture. My tastebuds for travel have been developed since 1996 and that award; I have enjoyed Tunisia, Greece, Spain and Morocco. Tunisia with its searing light, intriguing dark alleyways and fabulous colour was inspirational - but moving to Fife and building a studio looking out to the Fife Lomonds has also been very special whether the hills are dusted with snow or shrouded in mist they have a magical quality.’
In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery Christine Woodside has exhibited at a number of other Scottish Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Christine Woodside artist studio and like all Red Rag Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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