Posts Tagged ‘scottish’

Artist of the moment……Alison Watt


Alison Watt is a British painter from Scotland renown for her works with the figure and fabric. Alison Watt was born in Greenock, Scotland in the year 1965.

Watt attended college at the Glasgow School of Art.

The artist concentrated on painting the figure until a show in 1997 when she exhibited her fabric paintings for the first time.

In this clip a brief interview and retrospective of works by Alison Watt:

Watt is now based out of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Price range information: Watt paints mainly in oils and works range from $25,000 to $150,000. Watt also produces prints, but no pricing schedule available for prints.

Below we take a look at Watt when she was preparing for show at London’s famous National Gallery of Art:

Watt’s paintings of fabric are amazing. My favorite works in this series are paintings of fabric that represent real life subjects, such as flowers. My favorite painting of Watt is titled “rosebud.” A painting that shows a piece of white cloth with folds similar to what one sees when looking at a real rose.

If you enjoy looking at many abstract shapes of cloth, be sure and check out my post on Daniel Adel. Adel has also created a series of paintings of white cloths on dark backgrounds.



Artist of the moment…….William Gear




William Gear was a Scottish painter renown for his abstract paintings. William Gear was born in Methil, Fife, Scotland in the year 1915. His father was a coal miner.

The artist attended the Edinburgh College of Art.

Gear was called to serve for his country and joined the        . When Gear traveled he often helped to contribute to funds which helped struggling artists during the tough economic times of war.

After serving his country the artist moved to Paris and began having solo exhibitions.

The artist and was among the first in his region to employ the medium of silk screening to produce prints.

Gear also served a head of the art department at the Birmingham College of Art.

William Gear passed away in 1997.

price range information: The artist worked in watercolor, oils, inks, gouache, and mixed media with prices ranging from $5,000 to $60,000. Gear also worked as a designer of textiles.



Artist of the moment………..Charles Mackintosh



Charles Mackintosh was a Scottish born architect and artist who painted in a modernist style. Charles Mackintosh was born in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom in the year 1868. He was the fourth of eleven children. His father worked in the city police department. Mackintosh also worked as a sculptor.

He won a scholarship to study architecture after his high school age education was complete. He worked in this field from 1896 to 1906. Below we view a fantastic house that was designed by Charles Mackintosh but not completed until recently. The house is filled with examples of modernist art including the fireplace, many sets of tables and chairs, and light fixtures:

Mackintosh was inspired by Japanese art.

As a painter the artist worked mainly with the medium of watercolor. His favorite subjects were landscapes and floral works.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a wonderful selection of modernist art from Charles Mackintosh:

He lived briefly in France and painted marine scenes of Port- Verdes, France often.

Charles Mackintosh passed away from cancer in 1928 at the age of 60 years old.

I enjoy the shapes the artist used in his depiction of flowers.



Artist of the moment…..Paul Binnie

Paul Binnie was born in Airthrey Castle locate in  Scotland in the year 1951. Paul Binnie is a Japanese woodblock master who enjoys working with the figure. Binnie is associated with the Shin- hanga movement. Some common themes include the figure with tatoos and also landscapes.

In this clip we view a great interview with Paul Binnie:

For his collegiate education Binnie attended the Edinburgh College of Art where he studied painting an etching. After this he moved to Paris, France.

After a few years in Paris his love of the woodblock print would take him to Japan where he was able to be a studio assistant to Seki Kenji. He worked for Kenji for two years before striking out on his own. Below an example of art by Seki Kenji:


In this clip we view some of the tattoo series by Binnie. Binnie would take a famous print, say Hirohige’s wave, and paint it as if it were on someone’s body;

A link to the website of Paul Binnie:

Artist of the moment…Michael Massie….

Michael Massie is a highly sought after Inuit artist.   The artist has a wonderful mixed heritage background of both the Inuit culture, the Metis culture, and Scottish. Michael Massie was born in the year 1962 in Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada.  His father was a fireman. After seeing the tough life his father led, Massie was determined to become an artist.

Like many of us fellow artists, Massie drew inspiration from the comic strips he saw like Richie Rich. Massie would copy the figures and even the captions. If you are a young artist you should copy from the master cartoonists of the past such as Disney’s Nine Old Men. Their drawing skills were far superior that the art represented into todays cartoons such as Southpark.

A brief interview with Massie talking about stone work and the Inuit culture.

For his collegiate studies Massie attended the College of the North Atlantic in Newfoundland, Canada. Massie studied commercial art and also visual arts. Massie also attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design earning a bachelor’s degree in jewelry. He loved the smell of feel of working with metal. It was during his college years Massie became more involved with his Inuit background.

price range information:  The artist works in various sizes and prices range $500 to $15,000 for works that involve his signature teapots, another theme the artist is renown for.


Artist of the moment…… Callum Innes






This post was meant to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and a wonderful painter born in Edinburgh, Scotland in the year 1962 named Callum Innes. The artist attended Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland. He went on to earn a bachelors degree in art from Edinburgh College. After some exhibits in the 80s and early 90s Innes got his break in 1992 with shows at the ICA featuring contemporary art and the Scottish Museum of Contemporary Art. In 1995 Innes was nominated for the Turner Prize but lost to Damien Hirst.
In this clip more of Innes’ black and white images. Color images as well. Great selection of works!

In this clip we visit a show from 2011.

As we learned via Homare Ikeda,abstraction is best when it contains different applications of paint. Even Jackson Pollack became known for his style of drips rather certain paintings. Innes is unique in that his method of painting is called unpainting. He paints colors strongly, then goes about removing paint using washes of turpentine. The artist refers to these works as Exposed paintings and this series of paintings brought the artist a great deal of critical acclaim.
A link to the artist’s own website:
Lives and works out of Edinburgh.
Price range information: Innes worked mainly in oils, his method was unpainting. These works range from $8000 to $85,000. Occassionally he produced etchings ranging from $1000 to $2000. He also produced watercolors works but not enough ars available to form a pricing schedule.