Scotland's Artists: About our Artists
Scottish Art is thriving and the public's interest in it is greater than at any time in recent memory. Scotland has nurtured successive generations of artists who have been ranked alongside their contemporaries worldwide. Their contribution to the world of art far outweighs our size as a nation. We're delighted to work with so many talented artists in promoting Scottish Art both at home and abroad.
Our featured Artists for Spring 2016
Stanley Bird is a Scottish artist based in Edinburgh. After 25 years practising law, he decided to "bite the bullet" and concentrate on painting full time. Stanley is "self-taught", but for several years attended evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art. He works with a bold palette mainly in acrylics and mixed media to create exciting images of the natural world – animals and birds – fun images that seize the imagination and that people can relate to. His most recent focus is colourful paintings of exotic and domestic "critters" against funky "wallpaper" backgrounds. He is happy to accept commissions for portraits too. Stanley exhibits and sells his paintings through several galleries across Scotland.
After graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee in 1987 she went on to become the Merchandise designer with the National Trust for Scotland. A similar post with Historic Scotland followed as well as demonstrating for an international art materials company. She now concentrates on painting "jaunty, juicy landscapes" in her Dundee studio and exhibiting throughout the UK and Ireland.
Born in Tanzania to an Austrian mother and Scottish father, Pam Carter studied at Glasgow School of Art and has spent many years lecturing at Falkirk College. She exhibits widely throughout Britain and a number of her works are available in limited edition prints.
Lin works from her studio near Crieff in Perthshire and exhibits in galleries throughout the country. Bright colours and the interaction of light and shade are important ingredients in her work, as is the selection of subjects that catch her imagination – these range from portraits of children on ski slopes or at the seaside, through the peace and curves of little boats at anchor, to scenes of sunny Scottish and Mediterranean villages.
Studied printed textiles at Winchester School of Art, England, and completed a masters degree in printed textiles at the Royal College of Art in London. She worked as a freelance textile designer for two years before deciding to become an illustrator. Her work has featured on many book jackets, including Hilary Clinton's book "It Takes a Village", and most major book publishers have commissioned her. Jenny's work has also been used for advertising campaigns, art prints and stationery.
Jenny used to work purely with crayon but now she creates a lino cut feeling to her work by scanning a monotone crayon drawing into the computer and then adding and changing colours. Stylised animal, tree, plant and landscape subjects inspire Jenny. She loves lino cut prints and enjoys gardening.
Rowena Laing was born in Arbroath and graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. She now paints full time from her home in Fintry, Stirlingshire. She is well known for her vibrant horse racing scenes and also her elegant dressage paintings. Her work hangs in private collections in London, Denmark, Canada, USA, Australia, Germany and Spain.
Born in Glasgow James Orr studied part-time at Glasgow School of Art. He exhibits regularly at the RSA, RGI, PAI and the RWA. In collections home and abroad including HRH Duke of Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Glasgow, London, South Ayrshire Council and Touche Ross Ltd. He received the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Award in 1997 a the RGI.
Was born and educated in Glasgow. Tutored at Glasgow School of Art, his vibrant and expressive paintings are much sought after and can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the world.
Ian Elliot graduated from Glasgow School of Art and was head of Art and Design in Glasgow until 1997, thereafter devoting himself totally to painting. Travelling extensively in Europe, he creates landscapes of expressionistic vision and vibrant Mediterranean colour.
John Wetten Brown
John Wetten Brown studied architecture at Strathclyde University. After graduating he continued his long interest in drawing and painting and followed his love of the Scottish landscape and architecture and seeing them with informed and fresh eyes.
Tim Cockburn was born in 1955. He has worked as a painter and printmaker since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 1978. In 1993 he moved to the harbour town of Pittenweem in Fife. His detailed and lively paintings are populated by a large cast of people performing the many rituals of contemporary life. He is particularly well known for his depictions of Scottish Country dance.
Born in Kilmarnock in 1978, Michael Murray, a Glasgow based digital mixed media artist, is well known for his private, hospitality and corporate commissions, but also for striking and imaginative personal work.
Nikki Monaghan was born in 1971. She gained a BA Hons in Textile Design at the Scottish College of Textiles in 1994. Nikki lives in Falkirk and is inspired by the landscape, and the patterns and textures found in our everyday surroundings.
Born and raised in Callander, Perthshire and continues to live there. Studied ceramics at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and Goldsmiths' College, London. After many years working in Art and Design Education, retired as Head of Expressive Arts, Faculty of Education, University of Glasgow to concentrate on painting, mainly in acrylics, and other interests.
Born in Kilmarnock, Davy Brown graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1972. He has exhibited widely with both solo and group shows, and his work is held in many corporate and private collections throughout the world. His paintings are powerful and mature capturing the effect of light on pastoral landscapes and beautiful mysterious still life compositions.
Glasgow born artist Dronma graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1969. As a full time painter, Dronma exhibits regularly throughout the UK and is a member of the Glasgow Society of Women Artists. Her vivid landscapes have gained her a fine reputation amongst discerning buyers of contemporary Scottish Art, and are in prestigious private collections world-wide.
Born in Fife in 1952, Brian Petrie trained in Graphic design at Napier College in Edinburgh before joining DC Thomson in Dundee as a magazine designer. In 1995 he left to pursue a freelance career as a cartoonist producing the cartoon strip 'Chic 'n' Sammy' for the Sunday Mail and "The Sporran Legion" for the Scottish Sun where he now supplies a daily topical cartoon. His inspiration comes from regular trips around the coasts and islands of Scotland. Brian works mainly in oils and acrylics and his paintings are on show in a number of Galleries throughout Scotland.
Francis Boag was born in Dundee in 1948 and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in the late sixties. He continued to paint and exhibit throughout a teaching career which saw him teach in Dundee and Perth before being appointed Head of Art at Aberdeen Grammar School in 1989. In 1999 he was awarded an MA (Fine Art) from Robert Gordons University and he now paints full time from his home in Newtonhill.
Michael J Ross
Michael J Ross was born in Edinburgh in 1967. A largely self-taught artist, Michael draws on his imagination and finds much of his inspiration in the humour and quirkiness he sees in everyday life. He has a distinctive vision and has developed a unique style; the viewer may elaborate stories through the figures and situations in his paintings. He has successfully exhibited his work in galleries throughout the UK. His unique illustrative style is now highly collectable with works in numerous collections worldwide.
Jane studied Printed Textile design at Manchester Polytechnic. Her textile background influences all elements in her painting such as flowers, colour, pattern and a decorative approach to placing objects in a flattened space. She's lived and worked in Scotland and frequently visits the Scottish islands to paint the beautiful Outer Hebridean landscape. She is particularly drawn to the special quality of light and vast white beaches found on the island of Harris.
The Caledonian landscape never fails to inspire Scottish artist Mary Batchelor and she matches its majestic presence with vital colour and broad brush work. She exhibits widely throughout the UK and studied under the tutelage of Peter Howson, David Linley and Norrie Kirkham at Glasgow School of Art.
A Dumbarton born artist now living in Cardross, Argyll and Bute. Tutored at the Glasgow School of Art. Specialises in the tonality of landscape in Scotland and Europe. Exhibits at galleries throughout the United Kingdom.
Ritchie Collins, born 1978, is one of Scotland's most up and coming young artists. A graduate in illustration from Glasgow, his work is influenced by the Scottish coast, his birth place and inspired by Celtic art and myths. Highly expressive, his paintings are characterised by texture, colour and simple form. Ritchie exhibits extensively across Scotland and has a growing worldwide following with private collectors.
Born in Glasgow, Ed Hunter studied part-time at Glasgow School of Art. Having embarked on a full-time painting career in 1993, his figurative works and atmospheric landscapes have been exhibited in galleries in the UK, Germany, France, Russia and America.
After training in London with various in-house design teams Morag moved to Kent where she studied part time at Kent College with Jim Gunnel. Then, after moving back up to Scotland, she carried on working freelance later returning to College studying Design Illustration and Fine Art. Since graduating Morag has had her work accepted to the R.S.W and R.S.A annual exhibitions, she has shown her work with galleries around the UK and has exhibited at Surtex New York, AAF London and New York as well as Brand licensing London. Morag is now painting full time inspired by designs in the landscape made by nature and landmarks left from generations gone before.
Gary lives and works on the beautiful Isle of Skye and is inspired by his surroundings. His work reflects a lifelong interest in the remote landscape and reflects the joy he finds in his surroundings, around the west coast of Scotland and beyond, full of strong colour and rich texture. He's drawn to the rugged beauty and the quality of light that defines this area. He wants to create a sense of place by using bold colour and texture. His individual style is becoming increasingly popular and his work is held in numerous private collections.
Born in Dundee in 1926. Douglas studied at Dundee College of Art before Military Service with the Army in India and Ceylon. He worked as an illustrator until 1966 and has since been a full time painter and book illustrator. Douglas taught at Dundee Art Centre, Dundee College of Commerce and has had numerous exhibitions throughout the UK and internationally.
Carolyn Rockwood was raised in Ayrshire and studied drawing and painting in Italy, and later at The Art Institute of Chicago. Carolyn now lives in Perthshire where she paints full time.
Her fascination with fabrics and materials has led to Carolyn developing a unique technique which often incorporates the use of collage to create interesting and varied surface textures and colour.
Carolyn's subjects include landscape and floral, and she finds much of her inspiration along the west coast of Scotland and the Outer Hebrides.
Originally from the North East of Scotland, trained at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen and now based in Sussex, Jonathan Smith's luminous paintings explore the relationships between light and landscape, colour and space, surface and depth.
Developed from carefully observed drawings of Hebridean coastline, Cornish harbours, hidden corners of Sussex and weathered fishing boats, his process involves walking, watching and recording in all weathers.
His work is held in private and public collections in the UK, Europe, the US and the Far East and has been shown by the RBA and RA.