Scottish art, Scottish paintings, and Scottish artists and contemporary art - Artist CV's
Rosanne Barr was born in 1981 in the Scottish village of Gartocharn which is at the south end of Loch Lomond. She studied Art and Design at Duncan of Jordanston College of Art and Design graduating in 2003 with a First Class Honours Degree.
Rosanne Barr experienced the natural beauty of the countryside from an early age, finding inspiration in the far north of Scotland at Balnakiel in Sutherland, Arisaig and Altbea, Ross and Cromarty.This fascination with the Scottish landscape has remained with her since childhood.She paints instinctively, inspired by shifting skies or a distant light or colour on the horizon. Using large brushes she swiftly creates a sense of movement in each painting. Paint is applied directly onto the canvas, creating a fresh appearance often with vivid colours. Roseanne builds up layers producing interesting textures and depth.
Talking about her paintings Roseanne Barr says: "With Scotland as my inspiration I can never grow tired of the desire to paint. I aim to capture mood, emotion, movement and atmosphere in my work. Travelling the remote northern coastlines of Scotland influences my painting and more recently the panoramic, rugged lands of Orkney."
In the short number of years since graduating Rosanne Barr has established herself as one of the most highly sucessful landscape artists currently painting in Scotland. In 2009 she ws shortlisted for the Jolomo Landscape awards, one of the most prestigious awards for artists in Scotland. She was also awarded Silver and Gold medals in successive years in Glasgows Kelvingrove Art Galleries Drawing Competition.
In addition to Red Rag Gallery Roseanne Barr has also exhibited at other leading Scottish art galleries. These include the Annual Exhibitions of the Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts and Paisley Art Institute. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Roseanne Barr artist studio and like all Red Rag Modern art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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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 pallette successsfully 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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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.
Other influences on Davy Brown paintings have been the artist James Robertson, travels to Iceland, as well as issues closer to home such as acid rain and forestry encroachment. 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 chaging light.
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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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Frank Colclough was born in Wick, Caithness and lived in London before settling in Scotland in 1975.
He originally worked as a design draughtsman while studying art at Camberwell Art School and has worked as a professional artist since 1981.
All Frank Colclough early contemporary paintings were in watercolour, but over the past few years he has worked in acrylic and oils. The inspiration for Frank Colclough paintings stems from his admiration of the Scottish colourist movement. This is reflected in his paintings which now consist mainly of Marine views of the Scottish West Coast and colourful still life studies.
Today Frank Colclough contemporary paintings appear in many private and public art collections. The RSW, RGI and RSA have also exhibited his contemporary paintings
In addition to Red Rag Scottish Art Gallery Frank Colclough art work has been exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Frank Colclough artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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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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Mary Davidson was born in Dundee and lived in Australia for a few years as a child. She has been living and working in the Glasgow and Edinburgh areas since 1986. Having drawn and painted most of her life in the early 90's Mary attended Glasgow School of Art on the Continued Learning Programme.
Mary Davidson became a full time professional artist in 1994 and is now established as a successful contemporary artist. Mary's art works are very much in the tradition of the Scottish colourists. She works mostly in oils using brushes, knives, fingers, indeed almost anything to hand, to produce the desired result.
Mary Davidson paints a range of subject matters in an expressive manner with a strong sense of light and colour. She is equally inspired by: the shorelines of the West Scottish Coast; landscapes; interiors and as a keen gardener by still life flower studies.
Mary Davidson describes herself as a restless artist with varied interests. She likes to experiment with different techniques and media. She has a very sure sense of colour and composition. Talking about her art work Mary Davidson says:
"Much of my inspiration comes from flowers and still life objects around the art studio or the land and seascapes on the Scottish West coast. Mull and Iona have been a constant source of inspiration. I love the changing light. Always it is the light that I am striving to portray in my art work 'that is what excites me visually and I love the challenge of translating that into paint. It is not about capturing a scene with complete accuracy my paintings are about responses to the moods and atmospheres generated by landscapes and still life. For me the real excitement builds once the imagination takes over and the paint begins to work for me. I have experimented with different media over the years but now prefer to work in oil.'
In 1995 Mary Davidson was elected an artist member of the Paisley Art Institute (PAI) and the following year was accepted into the Glasgow Society of Women Artists (GSWA). Her paintings have been accepted for exhibition at the Royal Glasgow Institute (RGI), the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour (RSW) and the Laing Exhibition. She has exhibited in group art exhibitions throughout the UK, the South of France and New York, and has also had several solo art shows.
Mary Davidson's paintings are in numerous private and public art collections including Vanity Fair in New York, the Duke of Bedford, Grays School of Art, East Dunbartonshire Council and Cala Homes."
In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery Mary Davidson art work has been exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Mary Davidson artist studio and like all Red Rag Modern art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Emma Davis was born in Scotland in 1975 and was brought up in a family of artists. Emma Davis studied contemporary art and painting for four years at the Glasgow School of Art and graduated in 1998. As a young artist Emma Davis exhibited at many modern Scottish modern art galleries. This concluded with a sell-out Degree Show of her contemporary paintings.
Emma Davis was the youngest art winner of the Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award, awarded at the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (RSW) in 1999. The contemporary art award enabled Emma to travel extensively in Italy during 2000. As a result Davis successfully exhibited many contemporary paintings of Italy at the annual RSW exhibition in 2001. She was elected an artist member of the RSW in the same year.
In 2002 Emma Davis was awarded the Sir William Giles art award at the RSW annual exhibition.
Emma Davis says 'I have always had a great love for the Scottish landscape as I grew up surrounded by beautiful countryside. My contemporary paintings are often personal. My moods and emotions about particular areas I'm painting, the strength of light and most importantly colour, influence the way that I work each day'
In addition to Red Rag Scottish Art Gallery Emma Davis art work has been exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Emma Davis artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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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 Dees paintings of Edinburgh, Devon and Cornish vistas are the result of keen observation and skillful draughtsmanship. Capturing the pale light and uncluttered charm of her subject Stephanie's paintings commmunicate a subtle quietness. Altough 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.
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Ian Elliot was born in Glasgow in1946. 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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Archie Forrest was born in Glasgow in 1950. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art between 1969 and 1973. He then went on to teach Art at a number of Scottish Schools before taking up a position at Glasgow School of Art.
In 1985 Archie Forrest gave up teaching art to pursue a career as a full time artist. He was elected as a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts in 1988.
Archie Forrest is a perfectionist. This not only reflects in his paintings but also the frames. Part of his practice is to send colour prints of paintings in progress to the framer so that he has something to create hand finishes around. This is unusual but Forrest has an overriding concern with the whole aesthetic and how each painting will finally be presented.
Archie Forrest creates paintings in the tradition of the Scottish Colourists. His paintings are highly sought after and appear in many private and public art collections, including The Duchess of York, Argyll Group Plc, Arthur Andersen, BBC, Glasgow Art Club, Ian Jay Associates, One Devonshire Gardens, Royal College of Physicians, Scottish Amicable, National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish Opera.
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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 Hargan has exhibited regularly his contemporary paintings 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
Joe Hargan is a founder member of Group 81 Artists who regularly exhibited at McLellan Galleries, Glasgow. In 1981 Hargan 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 Joe Hargan 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 by Joe Hargan of the renowned character 'Sniffy' have featured in many of his paintings and are now collected by art lovers worldwide. Over the years Hargan 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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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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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. 'Light is generally the most important quality,' he says. '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 focusses 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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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 King 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.
Peter King 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 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.
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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).
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Tom Mabon was born in Kirkcaldy, Fife in 1956. From the age of 18 he attended Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, from 1974-1978. Mabon has lived on the Black Isle since 1985 and has had an incredibly prolific and successful career since he first started at Grays School of Art.
Due to the high level of respect that Mabon held amongst the Scottish teaching world, he was appointed Convener on the Art & Design Assessment Panel for the Scottish Qualifications Authority from 1998 - 2009. This demonstrates his high acclaim amongst his contemporaries in Scotland. As well as this, Mabon is also one of the directors of the Highland Print Studio and has been since 2008. The Highland Print Studio, based in Inverness, is an open access workshop with facilities for printmaking.
During his career, Mabon has won many awards, such as the Hector Memorial Prize in 1975; the Alexander C. Barker Legacy in 1976; the Latimer Award from the Royal Scottish Academy in 1981; he was a Major Prizewinner at the 7th Cleveland International Drawing Biennale, in 1985; he was a Runner-Up in the Morrison Scottish Portrait Award from the Royal Scottish Academy in 1993; and was a Runner-Up of the Aspect Prize, in 2007. He also features in several collections worldwide, from the Edinburgh City Collection, to work in Private collections ranging the UK, Eire, USA, Netherlands, RSA, Channel Islands, China, Japan and Australia. Mabon was also a shortlisted finalist at Noble Grossart Painting Prize, from the Royal Scottish Academy and the Glasgow School of Art in 1998 and 1999. He also exhibited with the Morrison Scottish Portrait Award, from the Royal Scottish Academy in 1999, 1997, 1993 and 1991. In 2012 Mabon was awarded the Armour Award at the RGI annual exhibition.
He has also exhibited with many societes and as part of group exhibitions, such as the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition; the Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibiton; the Society of Scottish Artists and the Aberdeen Artists Society.
Mabon finds inspiration and subject matters closer to home in Scotland but also ventures to the likes of Italy and France in search of different landscapes.
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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 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.
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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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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 and spent two months painting in Australia.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. His Father generated Archie's interest in art through visits to the Kelvingrove art gallery, whilst family holidays on paddlesteamers gave McIntosh his life-long passion for the waters, banks and 'flyers' of the Clyde. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art from 1953 to 1957.
For a number of years McIntosh taught art becoming President of Glasgow School of Art in 1968. 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).
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, 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.
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Sophie McKay-Knight was born in Edinburgh in 1973. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and University in 1997, with an MA (Hons) in Fine Art
Sophie McKay-Knight paintings and drawings are mainly a result of observing and recording the every day people around her. She also draws on images from history, theatre and early film stills.
Sophie's art work is based on the representation of the figure and pays particular attention to the spaces that surround people. She is interested in depicting relationships, as well as aloneness or solitude, and aims to capture the changing dynamics in a relationship when one person is added or taken away. McKay-Knight paintings are about recording the energy or aura that surrounds a person, and how that can alter, with or without company.
Sophie McKay-Knight works in a variety of media and places a strong emphasis on drawing techniques. The resultant paintings have brought her a number of art awards. This includes the Scottish arts Club Award presented at the Visual Arts Scotland exhibition at The Royal Scottish Academy in 2005.
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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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Alison McWhirter was born in Dumfries in 1975. She studied at Bath Academy where she trained as a painter graduating with a BA Fine Art and a postgraduate MFA .
After leaving art college Alison McWhirter took up a career in Education teaching the study of art from 2003 until 2010. She also worked part-time as a freelance photographer and writer for a publishing company in Bath.
In 2008 Alison McWhirter returned to painting and to Scotland. Since then she has concentrated her efforts in the art world as a full time artist. Alison's paintings are now regularly shown in many British and Scottish art galleries and her art works are in various art collections throughout the UK.
Alison McWhirter paintings are very much in the style and influence of the Scottish colourists. There is a strong emphasis of colour and depth in her work with enduring appeal.
In addition to Red Rag Modern Art Gallery Alison McWhirter has exhibited at other leading British and Scottish Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Alison McWhirter artist studio and like all Red Rag British 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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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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Ryan Mutter has built up a formidable reputation as a powerful contemporary painter of Industrial scenes. His bold realism combined with sometimes expressionistic brushwork, transports you into a world of arresting detail and mechanised splendour.
Born in 1978, he studied at the Glasgow School of Art, where he graduated in 2001. Like many great artists he began by teaching, but quickly found the demand for his work had grown to such an extent that he decided to paint full time in 2005. He has now won several distinguished awards, including three consecutive years at the RGI Royal Glasgow Institute, and his work can be found in collections around the world, including Geneva, Zurich, Vancouver, Belgium, Tasmania, Boston, and Utrecht.
His inspiration comes from Britain's industrial heritage, and Glasgow's predominant role as the ship building capital of the world. His dark depictions of the docks capture the sheer size of the industry in its heyday. At the time of the First World War shipbuilding provided work for 70,000 men in more than 50 yards spread along 11 miles of quayside. But today the Clyde sits empty, a shadow of its former self, with executive flats and empty waste ground dominating the landscape. The Advances in technology and design methods superseded the old, making once important skills and craftsmanship redundant. This is what drives Ryan as he looks to capture and remind people of how important this work force was in the development of the modern world.
In addition to Red Rag Scottish Art Gallery Ryan Mutter art work has been exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Ryan Mutter artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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Jacqueline Orr was born in 1961 and studied at Glasgow School of Art under artists John Cunningham, Jack Knox, Barbara Rae and James Robertson
Jacqueline Orr has two distinct types of contemporary paintings. Firstly small finely executed paintings using acrylics and gouaches. Secondly Jacqueline paints large scale canvases that hint at abstraction.
Jacqueline Orr is the recipient of numerous art awards including: Alexander Graham Munro 2008 Award, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour; Armour Art Award, Royal Glasgow Institute Of The Fine Arts and Armour Prize, Glasgow School of Art
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Deborah Phillips was born in Dundee in 1965. She graduated with BA Arts (Hons) from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1987. She is now one of the most promising young Scottish 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.
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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Born in 1956 in Dundee, Gail Pope had developed a natural inclination towards art from a young age. Excelling in the subject in her school years, she was awarded numerous prestigious art prizes. Despite this affinity, Pope frustrated art tutors by not pursuing a career in art. For significant family related reasons, Gail Pope went into banking.
The following marriage and family commitments saw Pope move many times around Scotland, and she spent several years in Glasgow. This period of time saw her passion for art re-surface, and she began attending evening classes at The Glasgow School of Art.
Gail Pope moved houses several times more prior to settling into East Lothian in 1993. But it was the year 2008 that saw her return full to the art community, and she began completing a flow of commissions. These were an eclectic mix of landscapes and still lifes. The past few years have seen Gail exhibit regularly in galleries primarily based in the East of Scotland, and she has scaled back from business commitments to paint full time.
Largely self-taught, Gail Pope has also been trained by the renowned Scottish painter and art lecturer George Birrell. He took her under his wing during the most embryonic stages of her work, and Gail also received guidance from painter Ann Oram. Gail's work moved from the traditional painting style to more abstract compositions, where bold colours and surreal perspectives successfully compliment proportionate compositions. Her floral and object studies are some of the most distinctive in her work, and Gail is highly selective in terms of her choice of gallery space.
Oil is her medium of choice, and Gail Pope sources inspiration from the stylised still lifes of Scottish contemporary painter Jack Morrocco. Her work can now be found in many prestigious private collections both in the UK and abroad.
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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 assocaited 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 landscaes, these are paintings about places where land and water meet and are executed with meticulous skill. His paintings succesfully 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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Lynn Rodgie studied at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen having grown up in a very artistic environment. Her father, also an artist, has inspired and encouraged her greatly throughout her life.
After obtaining a BA Hons degree in graphic design Lynn Rodgie worked as a Graphic Designer in Glasgow for a number of years before deciding to paint full time. Lynn Rodgie's design background shows in her paintings. Many of her paintings are stylised rather than fully representational.
Rodgie is constantly inspired by her environment; the Scottish countryside around her gives endless ideas for paintings. As she says; 'The soft rolling hills of the borders is perhaps not as spectacular as the rugged north or as picturesque as the Lake District, but it has a gentle pull that grows on you over time.The geometric shapes and colours of the ploughed fields, rows of hay bales in a golden field are visions that will get me itching to pick up a paintbrush'.
Artists who have influenced Lynn Rodgie include James Fullerton, John Bellany and Lin Pattulo to name but a few.
Lynn Rodgie works mainly from photographs. 'Photographs enable me to capture the pattern, shapes and composition of a particular painting and I can enhance the colours and vigour of the painting when I get home'. She works mainly in acrylics as she enjoys the versatility of the medium.
In addition to Red Rag Art Gallery Lynn Rodgie has exhibited at other leading British Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the Lynn Rodgie artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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David Schofield was born in Scotland in 1972. As a young artist he studied contemporary art at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art . Following that Schofield lectured in the College of Art Design school from 1994 to 1998.
Since 1997 David Schofield has exhibited his contemporary paintings extensively in Scotland and more recently throughout England and Internationally.
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.
Schofield's innovative and imaginative work features in many private modern art collections in the UK, USA and France.
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In addition to Red Rag Scottish Art Gallery David Schofield art work has been exhibited at other leading Scottish Art Galleries. Each painting at Red Rag is sourced from the David Schofield artist studio and like all Red Rag Scottish art and Contemporary art it can be shipped worldwide.
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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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Connie Simmers was born in Glasgow. She attended non-diploma classes at Glasgow School of Art and is now a highly respected figure in the field of Scottish contemporary fine art.
Connie Simmers use of bold colours and rich textures express a love of paint and mixed media as well as a love of her subject. Her unique style has gained her much success in many groups and solo art shows, including RSA, RSW and RGI exhibitions.
Through travelling widely, Connie's art work has been greatly inspired by the people,
colour and light of different parts of the world. She is inspired by the familiar and the unfamiliar and her paintings cover everyday interiors and unusual figurative scenes to landscapes.
Connie Simmers is a recpient of many art awards including: Scottish Amicable Award (GSWA), Morton Fraser Award (VAS), Scottish Arts Award (RSW)
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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.
David Smith contemporary paintings are now in many private art collections. His art works are also in collections of the Glasgow Caledonian University and House of Lords, London.
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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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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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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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Robina Yasmin is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art. Her paintings take considerable time to accomplish and each is the outcome of high concentration that focuses on form, colour and especially light.
Robina Yasmin is particularly known as a highly collectable painter of zebras, giraffes and beach scenes. She is a past finalist in the Hunting Art Prizes at the Royal College of Art and the Discerning Eye at the Mall Galleries, London. Robina's art works have also been shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Robina Yasmin continues to establish herself as a painter of subjects that enthrall and uplift the viewer. Although widely associated with paintings of giraffes and swimmers, Robina is known for her sensitivity of observation and technique.
In addition to Red Rag Modern Art Gallery Robina Yasmin paintings can also been seen at other leading British art galleries.
Robina Yasmin at Red Rag Gallery
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