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Anew paint­ing for Christ­mas? Jan Pa­tience nom­i­nates 50 Scot­tish artists to in­vest in

The Herald - Arts - - Arts - AD­DI­TIONAL RE­SEARCH BY SARAH UR­WIN JONES AND RICHARD PEN­DER

PRICE RANGE OVER £5000 JOHN BEL­LANY

Born in 1942 in the fish­ing vil­lage of Port Se­ton, East Loth­ian, into a fam­ily of boat builders and fish­er­men, John Bel­lany was sur­rounded by the images he lov­ingly and bril­liantly re­pro­duces to­day. Agrad­u­ate of Ed­in­burgh Col­lege ofArt, he is viewed by many as Scot­land’s great­est liv­ing painter. He un­der­went a liver trans­plant in 1988 and suf­fered a heart at­tack last year en route to open an ex­hi­bi­tion of his paint­ings in Glas­gow’s Mitchell Li­brary, but his out­put has been ex­tra­or­di­nary. His work now hangs in mu­se­ums and gal­leries all over the world, in­clud­ing the Na­tional Gal­leries of Scot­land, Tate Bri­tain and the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art and the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art in New York. Bel­lany, who lives part of the year in Barga, Italy, has an ex­hi­bi­tion in­spired by the Scot­tish/Ital­ian con­nec­tion at the Ed­in­burgh del­i­catessenValvona& Crolla. Prices from £5000 www.art-com­pany-scot­land.com www.valvonacrolla.co.uk

JACK VET­TRI­ANO

He is ar­guably Scot­land’s most suc­cess­ful com­mer­cial artist, yet none of his paint­ings hang in a ma­jor gallery in his home coun­try – with the no­table ex­cep­tion of the art gallery in Kirk­caldy, close to his na­tiveMethil in Fife. This self-taught son of a miner has a huge body of work which can be seen on prints, posters and cal­en­dars ev­ery­where. His most fa­mous pic­ture, The Singing But­ler, sold two years ago at auc­tion in Sotheby’s, Ed­in­burgh for £748,000. Prints of this work out­sell those by Van Gogh or Monet and his work is col­lected by celebri­ties, in­clud­ing Jack Ni­chol­son, Ter­ence Con­ran and Sir Tim Rice, yet he is de­rided by the art world. Rice de­scribes his style as in­hab­it­ing a “cool, sharp world of edgy ro­mance and sex­ual ten­sion”. The next ma­jor Vet­tri­ano ex­hi­bi­tion at his exclusive gallery, the Port­land, in Lon­don, is not due un­til 2008. Prices from £95,000 www.port­landgallery.com

PRICE RANGE OVER £1000 ALISONWATT

Born in 1965, Alison Watt won the John Player Por­trait award while still a stu­dent at Glas­gow School of Art. As a re­sult she was com­mis­sioned to paint a por­trait of the QueenMother. She has since be­come fa­mous for her paint­ings of fig­ures, of­ten gi­ant fe­male nudes, in light-filled rooms. She went on to paint fab­ric alone, edg­ing to­wards the ab­stract but with the haunt­ing sug­ges­tion of the hu­man form. Last year she took up the pres­ti­gious Glen­fid­dich res­i­dency. She is cur­rently artist in res­i­dence at the Na­tional Gallery in Lon­don. She has ex­hib­ited across theUK and in the US. Prices from £2000 to £25,000 www.in­gle­by­gallery.com

KEN CUR­RIE

Al­though widely re­garded as a Scot­tish painter, Cur­rie was ac­tu­ally born in­North Shields in 1960. He went to Glas­gow School of Art where he be­came part of a group (in­clud­ing Peter How­son, Adrian Wiszniewski and Steven Camp­bell) known as the New Glas­gow Boys. In­dus­trial Glas­gow was the back­drop for his early work, with lin­ear style paint­ings mod­elled in block-like forms. In the early 1990s, Cur­rie was af­fected by events in east­ern Europe and his work be­gan to de­pict the sick­ness of con­tem­po­rary so­ci­ety. From the mid-1990s, Cur­rie’s paint­ings be­came sim­pler. He fo­cused on in­di­vid­u­als in­stead of crowds and painted in haunt­ing, lu­mi­nous colours. His work hangs in gal­leries world­wide and you will be lucky to stum­ble across aCur­rie in time for Christ­mas, as his paint­ings rarely come to auc­tion. Prices from £1500 to £30,000 www.flow­erseast.com

GOR­DON MITCHELL

Ed­in­burgh-based Mitchell trained at the city’s Col­lege of Art and is recog­nised as a highly skilled draughts­man with a hu­mor­ous, quirky edge to his work. He be­came a mem­ber of the Royal Scot­tish So­ci­ety of Painters in­Wa­ter­colour in 1995 and ranks as one of the most pro­lific of con­tem­po­rary painters. His work ranges from still lifes to stud­ies of the fe­male form, of­ten with a sur­real twist. His work has been widely ex­hib­ited in the UK and he is the win­ner of nu­mer­ous awards. Prices from £1500 to £15,000 www.gor­don­mitchell.co.uk

STEVEN CAMP­BELL

Al­though they never worked to­gether, the New Glas­gow Boys are linked to­gether in Scot­tish art his­tory. Glas­gow-born Camp­bell, now 53, was slightly older than the oth­ers at Glas­gow School of Art in the 1980s as he had spent seven years work­ing in a steel­works as a fit­ter and main­te­nance en­gi­neer. His pre­co­cious tal­ent was spot­ted early and he won a Ful­bright Schol­ar­ship to New York. His highly orig­i­nal paint­ings cre­ate a sur­real and tren­chant com­men­tary on man in the mod­ern world. To­day he lives with his fam­ily in­Kip­pen, Stir­ling­shire, and paints in his garage. De­spite a one-time nineyear self-im­posed ex­ile from paint­ing, dur­ing which he suf­fered ill-health, he re­mains a gi­ant of con­tem­po­rary art. Prices from £1000 to £15,000 www.marl­bor­oughfin­eart.com

GE­ORGE DEVLIN

Ge­orge Devlin is widely re­garded as one of the lead­ing fig­ures in con­tem­po­rary Scot­tish paint­ing. Now 69, he stud­ied at Glas­gow School of Art and then trav­elled widely thanks to awards and schol­ar­ships. This ex­pe­ri­ence con­trib­uted to his love of land­scapes in ex­otic lo­ca­tions. His forth­com­ing solo ex­hi­bi­tion at the Port­land Gallery in Lon­don fea­tures land­scapes of Italy and Provence and views of the west coast of Scot­land, plus a se­ries of still lifes. As well as a sig­nif­i­cant rep­u­ta­tion for

marine and land­scape paint­ings, he is also a dis­tin­guished por­trait painter. In 2000, he was com­mis­sioned by the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery in Ed­in­burgh to paint Pro­fes­sor Sir James Black, No­bel Prize win­ner. His most re­cent art awards is the gold medal of the Royal So­ci­ety of Oil Painters in 2004. His work is in the col­lec­tions of Cu­nard, Cly­des­dale Bank, the Lon­don Stock Ex­change, United Dis­tillers, Earl Haig and Sir Tim Rice. Prices from £3500 www.scot­tishart­paint­ings.co.uk www.port­landgallery.com

ARCHIE FOR­REST

Archie For­rest is ar­guably Scot­land’s lead­ing con­tem­po­rary colourist – seen as a suc­ces­sor to Pe­ploe, Cadell and Redpath – and there­fore em­i­nently col­lectable. Born in 1950 and a grad­u­ate of Glas­gow School of Art, Archie started paint­ing full time in 1985. Most of his land­scapes, still lifes and fig­ures are in oil. He is sought af­ter in Lon­don and his work is in such cor­po­rate and pub­lic col­lec­tions as the Royal Col­lege of Physi­cians, the Royal Scot­tish Academy of Mu­sic and Drama, the BBC, the Royal Bank of Scot­land and Whyte & Mackay. Prices from £2500 to £15,000 www.port­landgallery.com

JOLOMO

What can we say? John LowrieMor­ri­son – or Jolomo as he signs his paint­ings – is a phe­nom­e­non. Some crit­ics are sniffy about his work, but his paint­ings and prints are loved by mil­lions. Madonna has six Jolo­mos, Sting has two. Af­ter Glas­gow School of Art, Jolomo was an art teacher at Lochgilp­head High School, and then art ad­viser for Strath­clyde Re­gion. He trav­elled ex­ten­sively with his fam­ily and be­gan to de­velop his dis­tinc­tively bold, ex­pres­sive style. He started paint­ing full-time in 1997. The Scot­tish High­lands are his muse and re­cur­ring mo­tifs in­clude crofts, in­lets and lit­tle vil­lages. He has held suc­cess­ful ex­hi­bi­tions in the UK, Hong Kong and New York; his images are held by private and cor­po­rate col­lec­tions. Christ­mas ex­hi­bi­tion at Queen’s Gallery, Dundee un­til De­cem­ber 23 Prices from £1000 www.jolomo.com

RON­ALD SMITH

Al­though his out­put is not huge, Ron­ald Smith’s richly lu­mi­nous ab­stract paint­ings are highly col­lectable. He grad­u­ated in draw­ing and paint­ing from Glas­gow School of Art in 1969 and for many years com­bined paint­ing with teach­ing. In 1997 he won the David Cargill Award at the Royal Glas­gow In­sti­tute. His full-time paint­ing ca­reer was given an im­me­di­ate boost when he was com­mis­sioned by Cu­nard to pro­duce paint­ings for the new liner, Queen Mary II. He has re­ceived sev­eral travel awards which have en­abled him to com­pare and con­trast the dif­fer­ences in mood, light and colour be­tween lo­ca­tions as var­ied as Corn­wall, theMediter­ranean and the wide open spa­ces of Suther­land. Prices from £1500 www.green­gallery.com

HAMISH MacDON­ALD

Hamish MacDon­ald is re­garded as one of Scot­land’s most suc­cess­ful con­tem­po­rary artists. He stud­ied at Glas­gow School of Art and from 1968 com­bined paint­ing with teach­ing. His broad, fluid style and bold pal­ette re­flect the Scot­tish Colourist tra­di­tion and he paints land­scapes from the west coast to Corn­wall, Italy and Morocco. He has staged nu­mer­ous ex­hi­bi­tions in Scot­land and shown in prom­i­nent gal­leries in Lon­don and the UK. His works can be found in many ma­jor col­lec­tions, in­clud­ing HRH the Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s; Kelvingrove Art Gallery; Pais­ley Art Gallery; Burmah Oil Com­pany and sev­eral lo­cal au­thor­i­ties. In 2003, First Min­is­ter Jack McCon­nell’s wife Brid­get com­mis­sioned him to paint Glen­scor­ro­dale Farm on Ar­ran, where her hus­band grew up. Prices from £2250 www.scot­tishart­paint­ings.co.uk

ROBERT KELSEY

Pais­ley-based Robert Kelsey, 57, well­known for his Scot­tish seascapes, has a loyal fan-base in Lon­don. He at­tended Glas­gow School of Art and was head of art and de­sign at Ren­frew High School but gave up to paint full-time. His bold oils re­flect a love of light and colour. Ayr­shire’s west coast and Ar­gyll are favourite sub­jects and, like his he­roes Pe­ploe and Cadell, he paints the strong light of the Mediter­ranean. His work is held in private and cor­po­rate col­lec­tions in­clud­ing the Al­liance and Le­ices­ter, the Dun­fermline Build­ing So­ci­ety, High­land Spring Wa­ter, Turn­berry Ho­tel and Credit Ly­on­nais Bank. Prices from £1000 to £5000 www.rkelsey.com

SUE BI­A­ZOTTI

Sue Bi­a­zotti, 44, was last year’s win­ner of the As­pect Prize – a £10,000 award to an artist liv­ing and work­ing in Scot­land – with an ethe­real oil paint­ing of her teenage daugh­ter swim­ming un­der­wa­ter. She grad­u­ated from Ed­in­burgh School of Art in 1982 and now lives in her na­tive Glas­gow. As well as fig­u­ra­tive work, she is known for her dream­like land­scapes of Colon­say. She has ex­hib­ited widely in the UK. Her work is in private and cor­po­rate col­lec­tions in North and South Amer­ica, Europe and the UK. Por­trait com­mis­sions for chil­dren start at £4500, adult por­traits from £5500 www.suebiazotti.com

CHARLES JAMIESON

Kil­marnock-based Charles Jamieson’s sun­lit land­scapes (par­tic­u­larly of Greek beaches) are­much sought-af­ter in Lon­don but his work – which also in­cludes still lifes and fig­u­ra­tive paint­ings – is rel­a­tively af­ford­able. A grad­u­ate of Glas­gow

School of Art, he is cur­rently pres­i­dent of the Pais­ley Art In­sti­tute and chair­man of the As­pect Prize. He has ex­hib­ited widely in Scot­land, Lon­don and New York, win­ning a variety of awards. His work is in the per­sonal col­lec­tions of John le Carré, Harry En­field and the Kuwaiti royal fam­ily. Prices from £1000 www.charles­jamieson.co.uk

GER­ARD BURNS

Cum­ber­nauld-based Ger­ard Burns, 46, used to sing in a band called Va­lerie and the Week of Won­ders, a sup­port act for Sim­ple Minds. Then the Glas­gow School of Art grad­u­ate trained as an art teacher and be­came prin­ci­pal teacher at St Aloy­sius Col­lege, Glas­gow. Now his large, darkly brood­ing fig­u­ra­tive can­vases sell to the likes of Ewan McGre­gor for sums in ex­cess of £35,000. In 2003 he won the cov­eted UK-wide Not the Turner Prize for his paint­ing of a young girl lead­ing a white bull. Prices from £2900 www.ger­ardm­burns.com

PETER HOW­SON

Peter How­son is one of the fore­most fig­u­ra­tive artists of his gen­er­a­tion. He grad­u­ated from the Glas­gow School of Art in 1981 as a cen­tral fig­ure in theNew Glas­gow Boys, de­vel­op­ing a num­ber of high­pro­file devo­tees in­clud­ing Madonna and Bob Geldof. Pro­fes­sional suc­cess did lit­tle to sat­isfy an in­creas­ing creative frus­tra­tion which in turn spurredHow­son to travel to Bos­nia as the of­fi­cial Bri­tish war artist, an ex­pe­ri­ence detri­men­tal to his phys­i­cal and men­tal health. Re­cently turn­ing largely to re­li­gious sub­jects, How­son has ex­hib­ited his work ex­ten­sively across the UK and more re­cently in North Amer­ica. Prices from £1200 www.peterhowson.co.uk

JOE HAR­GAN

Joe Har­gan is well known through his large body of di­verse and al­ways quirky work. He stud­ied at Glas­gow School of Art un­der such lu­mi­nar­ies as David Donaldson and James Robert­son, and for 11 years was chair­man and pres­i­dent of the highly in­flu­en­tial Pais­ley Art In­sti­tute. Dur­ing a long ca­reer, he has won many awards, the most re­cent be­ing the William Bowie Award from the Pais­ley Art In­sti­tute in 2002. His boldly coloured, in­stantly recog­nis­able work of­ten fea­tures the familiar char­ac­ter of Sniffy. On show in the Con­tem­po­rary Fine Art Gallery in Eton. Prices £1700 to £8200 www.cfag.co.uk www.scot­tishart­paint­ings.co.uk

PRICE RANGE OVER £500 HE­LEN FLOCKHART

Ayr­shire-born He­len Flockhart, 43, draws the viewer into a sur­real world and is known for her ar­rest­ing self-por­traits. A painter with a strong Lon­don rep­u­ta­tion, she is a grad­u­ate of Glas­gow School of Art and also stud­ied at the State Higher School of Fine Art, Poz­nan, Poland. She paints at the Wasps stu­dio in Glas­gow’s Salt­mar­ket and has had sev­eral solo ex­hi­bi­tions. Her work is sold at the Re­becca Hos­sack Gallery in Lon­don and the Com­pass Gallery in Glas­gow. Ear­lier this year, she was one of five Scots cho­sen by avid art col­lec­tor Dame He­le­naKennedy, QC to ex­hibit in the Open Eye ex­hi­bi­tion. Prices from £750 www.r-h-g.co.uk; www.com­pass­gallery.co.uk

HE­LEN WIL­SON

He­len Wil­son’s beau­ti­fully ex­e­cuted oils make her one of Scot­land’s most col­lectable artists. Her most re­cent work has been in­spired by her bal­le­rina daugh­ter Jenny. Last year, she won the Royal Glas­gow In­sti­tute’s David Cargill Award for her pic­ture Re­hearsal, from an 18month spell with Scot­tish Bal­let. She is cur­rently work­ing on a show for Thompson’s Gallery in Lon­don, based on her bal­let work. Her paint­ing of Darcey Bus­sell’s red bal­let shoes is to be sold for the DanceEast char­ity. Prices from £900 to £8000 www.thomp­son­s­gallery.com

WIL­LIE RODGER

At 76, Wil­lie Rodger is the grand old­man of Scot­tish print­mak­ing. Af­ter Glas­gow School of Art, he worked in ad­ver­tis­ing in Lon­don, but re­turned to Scot­land to be­come prin­ci­pal teacher of art at Cly­de­bank High School. His prints are hand­crafted us­ing fine craft pa­pers and hand rollers. His work is held in art gal­leries through­out the UK and in col­lec­tions at the Scot­tish Arts Coun­cil, theVic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum and the BBC. It has also turned up on mu­rals, mugs, beer­mats and play­ing cards. Still rel­a­tively af­ford­able de­spite his sta­tus, he is fea­tured in Scot Abroad at the Open Eye Gallery in Ed­in­burgh dur­ing Jan­uary 2007. Prices from £750 www.openeye­gallery.co.uk

ALEXANDRA GARD­NER

There is an un­de­ni­ably se­duc­tive qual­ity to the paint­ings of Alexandra (Sandie) Gard­ner. The 61-year-old’s por­traits, still lifes, land­scapes and pub/cafe in­te­ri­ors have a vi­vac­ity that be­lie the fact she has had a kid­ney trans­plant. She loves to paint large, sen­su­ous women, of­ten wear­ing furs or out­ra­geous shoes. Re­cently, she was artist in res­i­dence in Artdecaf Cafe Gallery in Glas­gow. She stud­ied at Glas­gow School of Art and also lec­tured there. She has ex­hib­ited in Lon­don, Glas­gow, Ed­in­burgh and Swe­den and her work is held in col­lec­tions such as Volvo and Pru­den­tial As­sur­ance. She has three solo ex­hi­bi­tions in 2007, at Ar­ter­ies, Glas­gow in March, the Gate­house gallery, Rouken Glen, Glas­gow, in Oc­to­ber and the Port­land Gallery, Lon­don in 2007. Prices from £800 www.openeye­gallery.co.uk

SI­MON LAU­RIE

Si­mon Lau­rie’s bright acrylic ab­stracts are rem­i­nis­cent of col­lage. His sub­ject mat­ter emerges from the land­scape and ev­ery­day ob­jects of rural life. A grad­u­ate of Glas­gow School of Art, the 42-year-old has had sev­eral solo shows in Lon­don and Scot­land. His work is held by well-known col­lec­tions such as the Con­tem­po­rary Arts So­ci­ety, Lon­don; Aberdeen Art Gallery; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull; Unilever, Lon­don, TSB Head­quar­ters, Lon­don and the Scot­tish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. He was awarded mem­ber­ship of the Royal Glas­gow In­sti­tute in­Novem­ber 2000. Prices from £550 to £1000 www.openeye­gallery.co.uk www.frames­gallery.co.uk

MHAIRI McGRE­GOR

Since she grad­u­ated fromGlas­gow School of Art in 1993, Mhairi McGre­gor has made an im­pact on the Scott i s h con­tem­po­rary art scene. With its strong, con­fi­dent, block-like ap­pli­ca­tion of paint, her style re­calls the Scot­tish Colourists. She has won nu­mer­ous awards and in 2004 was a run­ner-up in theAspect Prize. She has been a reg­u­lar ex­hibitor at the Green Gallery, Buch­lyvie and the Roger Bill­cliffe Gallery, Glas­gow. Her work is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly col­lectable. Next month, she has a solo ex­hi­bi­tion at Edgar Mod­ern Fine Art in Bath. Prices from £850 www.green­gallery.com

MAR­ION DRUM­MOND

Self-taught artist Mar­ion Drum­mond is be­com­ing a quiet phe­nom­e­non. Her fig­u­ra­tive work – of­ten of dancers or women in richly tex­tured clothes – is lan­guid and sen­sual and she uses the same tech­niques in her land­scapes. She cap­tures her sub­ject, be it still life, land­scape or por­trai­ture, with pal­ette knives and fin­ger and is be­com­ing well known as a col­lec­tor’s favourite. Her work is show­ing in the Jer­dan Gallery in Crail, Fife. Prices from £550 to £3750 www.mar­ion­drum­mond.co.uk www.the­jer­dan­gallery.com

FRANCIS BOAG

Francis Boag’s ex­pres­sion­ist in­ter­pre­ta­tions of lo­cal land­scapes started to ap­pear in gal­leries in the north-east of Scot­land in the mid-1990s and since then, de­mand has grown for his vi­brant, colour­ful paint­ings. Ed­u­cated at Dun­can of Jor­dan­stone Col­lege of Art, he taught full-time un­til 1999, when ama­jor com­mis­sion fromJohn Lewis for three large paint­ings in its shop

in Glas­gow prompted him to take a sab­bat­i­cal and study for an MA at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. He left his po­si­tion as head of art at Aberdeen Gram­mar School in 2001 and went on to have ex­hi­bi­tions through­out the UK and in New York, Dublin, Belfast, Paris, Mu­nich, Seat­tle and Michi­gan. Fol­low­ing a fea­ture in In­ter­na­tional Artist mag­a­zine in theUS, de­mand for his work has grown on the other side of the At­lantic. Private col­lec­tors who own his work in­clude Nick Nairn and Au­drey Bax­ter. Prices £540-£2600 www.fran­cis­boag.com

FRANCESMACDONALD

Col­lec­tors of Frances Macdon­ald’s land­scapes love her abil­ity to cap­ture the drama of coast­lines in Ar­gyll and the West­ern Isles. Like her in­creas­ingly suc­cess­ful son, Ross Ryan, Macdon­ald lives in Cri­nan, where she works in her stu­dio be­side theCri­nanHo­tel, which she has run with her hus­band, Nick Ryan, for 35 years. She is a reg­u­lar ex­hibitor at Lon­don’s Port­land Gallery and the Open Eye Gallery in Ed­in­burgh. Her next ma­jor solo show is at The Port­land in Fe­bru­ary. Prices from £850 to £3000 www.crinan­ho­tel.com www.port­landgallery.com

CHRIS BUSHE

Aber­feldy-born artist Chris Bushe, 48, grad­u­ated from Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen. Through­out the 1980s and 1990s, he held many solo ex­hi­bi­tions, mainly in Scot­land, but his star is now ris­ing in Lon­don. In 1998, he won the Glas­gow Arts Club Fel­low­ship, awarded by the Royal Scot­tish So­ci­ety of Painters in­Wa­ter­colour. His land­scape paint­ings – many of which are of Mediter­ranean set­tings – are boldly coloured, tex­tured and evoca­tive. His re­cent work has moved back to pure oils and are in private and cor­po­rate col­lec­tions in­clud­ing the Pre­mier Prop­erty Group, Scot­tish Life, Scot­tish and New­cas­tle and Murray In­ter­na­tion­alMe­tals. Prices from £650 www.pan­terand­hall.com

ALEXANDRA KNUB­LEY

Gray’s School of Art grad­u­ate Alex Knub­ley, 37, has qui­etly built up a con­sid­er­able fol­low­ing since she left Aberdeen col­lege in 1996. She has had sev­eral solo shows, at the Reynolds Gallery, the Open Eye Gallery and the Scot­tish Gallery. She has won awards from the Alastair Salvesen Trust, and the Royal Scot­tish Academy, and is rep­re­sented in a grow­ing num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant col­lec­tions. Her semi­ab­stract can­vases in oil and beeswax have a be­guil­ing, al­most ghostly tex­ture. Her work is to be shown at the Lon­don Art Fair next month. Prices from £750 to £6000 www.scot­tish-gallery.co.uk

GRA­HAM McKEAN

Gra­ham McKean was born in 1962 in Irvine, Ayr­shire. His bold, fig­u­ra­tive, of­ten hu­mor­ous paint­ings have some­thing of the ex­u­ber­ance of Beryl Cook and the quirk­i­ness of the comic sea­side post­card. Col­lec­tors re­spond to him. His sub­ject mat­ter – the sea­side, com­muters, the of­fice – is of­ten or­di­nary life with a sur­real twist. McKean’s work is in­cluded in nu­mer­ous private and pub­lic col­lec­tions. He was re­cently com­mis­sioned by Scot­tish Opera to pro­duce five large oils de­pict­ing all as­pects of opera and theatre for Glas­gow’s Theatre Royal. His work is in­cluded in nu­mer­ous col­lec­tions in­clud­ing Stan­dard Life, the Royal In­sti­tute of Char­tered Sur­vey­ors (Ed­in­burgh) andWil­liam Grant and Sons Ltd. Prices from £500 www.gra­ham-mckean.co.uk www.albe­mar­legallery.com

MURIEL BAR­CLAY

Glas­gow-basedMuriel Bar­clay is amainly self-taught Scot­tish artist with a huge fol­low­ing. Her large, fig­u­ra­tive por­traits and still life oils, painted on linen, are fluid and highly dec­o­ra­tive. She is par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in the way in which women are rep­re­sented in Scot­tish cul­ture. She is the re­cip­i­ent of sev­eral awards, in­clud­ing the JohnGreen Fine Art Award at the Pais­ley Arts In­sti­tute and the Glas­gow Art Club Fel­low­ship at the Royal Glas­gow In­sti­tute. She also re­ceived the pres­ti­gious Ma­bel Mackin­lay Award at the Royal Glas­gow In­sti­tute in 2001. Prices from £850 www.murielbarclay.co.uk

PAMCARTER

Pam Carter was born in Tan­za­nia, East Africa, to an Aus­trian mother and a Scot­tish fa­ther. A grad­u­ate of Glas­gow School of Art , she has ex­hib­ited ex­ten­sively across Bri­tain and the USA, show­ing solo in a num­ber of pres­ti­gious gal­leries and win­ning awards, in­clud­ing theVisu­alArts Scot­landAward. Her work is no­table for its bold use of colour; her sub­ject mat­ter is the iso­lated cot­tages on the west coast of Scot­land, and par­tic­u­larly Skye, Lewis, Har­ris and the Uists. Her white gable ends of cot­tages are in many col­lec­tions. Prices from £500 to £6000 www.pamcarter.com www.sten­ton­gallery.com

MARGARETANNBENNETT

Peo­ple in the know are tak­ing note of the Glas­gow-based Mar­gare­tann Ben­nett. Her cur­rent semi-ab­stract work ex­plores theWest Coast land­scape through use of mixed me­dia. She stud­ied at Glas­gow School of Art and now ex­hibits in gal­leries through­out the UK. She has won a num­ber of awards, most re­cently the Lang­side Col­lege Wa­ter­colour Award (RGIAn­nual Ex­hi­bi­tion 2005) and the Wi l l i a m Bowi e Award (Pais­ley Art In­sti­tute 2006). In 2004 she was made a mem­ber of the Royal Scot­tish So­ci­ety of Painters in Wa­ter­colours. Her work is in the Christ­mas ex­hi­bi­tion at the Tolquhon Gallery in El­lon, Aberdeen­shire. Prices from £850 www.tolquhon-gallery.co.uk

GLEN AND KIM SCOULLER

This fa­ther and daugh­ter duo are both con­sid­ered highly col­lectable. Glen Scouller, fa­mous for his land­scapes, stud­ied at Glas­gow School of Art. His 26year-old daugh­ter Kim at­tended Dun­can of Jor­dan­stone Col­lege of Art and De­sign in Dundee and, like him, has picked up sev­eral pres­ti­gious awards, in­clud­ing the 2004 As­pect Prize. Kim’s por­trai­ture and still life dis­play a con­fi­dent hand and she is cur­rently ex­hibit­ing at Crail’s Jer­dan Gallery. Her fa­ther reg­u­larly con­trib­utes to the Royal Scot­tish Academy and the Royal Glas­gow In­sti­tute. Prices: Glen from £1950; Kim £500-£2900 www.kim­scouller.com www.the­jer­dan­gallery.com

PRICE RANGE OVER £100

A grad­u­ate of Glas­gow School of Art, Nagl, 53, lived and worked at the art school’s work­shop at Culzean Cas­tle af­ter grad­u­a­tion. She is known for her still lifes and land­scapes, and han­dles wa­ter­colour su­perbly, lay­er­ing veils of translu­cent colour through her work. She was elected to the RSW in 1988 and to the RGI in 2000. She has won nu­mer­ous awards and has work in a num­ber of col­lec­tions, in­clud­ing the Flem­ing Col­lec­tion, the Royal Bank of Scot­land, Glas­gow Univer­sity, Com­mon Mar­ket En­ter­prises, Com­bined Cap­i­tal and Scot­tish and New­cas­tle Brew­eries. She is show­ing at the Green Gallery, Buch­lyvie, and East Loth­ian’s Sten­ton Gallery. Prices from £450 www.sten­ton­gallery.com; www.green­gallery.com

ALISON McGILL

A grad­u­ate of Ed­in­burgh Col­lege of Art, McGill paints ab­stracts in­spired by ae­rial land­scape and ge­o­log­i­cal images. She has had a large num­ber of ex­hi­bi­tions through­out Scot­land and Eng­land. She in­cor­po­rates wax with oil paint and other mixed me­dia to cre­ate a tac­tile ex­pe­ri­ence. McGill has won sev­eral awards, in­clud­ing the Alexan­der Gra­ham Munro

Munro Trav­elAward in 2003. She was also a fi­nal­ist in the Noble Grossart Paint­ing Prize Ex­hi­bi­tion in 2000. She reg­u­larly shows at the Scot­tish Gallery, Ed­in­burgh, Bail­lie Gallery, Lon­don, Campden Gallery, Glouces­ter­shire and par­tic­i­pates in an­nual pub­lic shows in­clud­ing the RSWand RGI ex­hi­bi­tions. Prices from £300 to £900 www.scot­tish-gallery.co.uk; www.whites­paceart.com

ADRIAN WISZNIEWSKI

An­other of the new Glas­gow Boys, Wiszniewski was born in Glas­gow in 1958. He stud­ied ar­chi­tec­ture at the Mack­in­tosh School of Ar­chi­tec­ture, then at­tended Glas­gow School of Art from1979 to 1983. His work lies within the po­etic, ro­man­tic tra­di­tion, and is dis­tinc­tive for its dream-like fig­ures. He has ex­hib­ited in­ter­na­tion­ally and his work is found in ma­jor col­lec­tions across the globe. Prices from £300 to £10,000

BAR­BARA RAE CBE

Born in­Falkirk in 1943, Bar­bara Rae is the one of the grande dames of Scot­tish con­tem­po­rary art, and em­i­nently col­lectable. She trained at Ed­in­burghCol­lege of Art, and taught at the city’s Ainslie Park School and Por­to­bello High School. The bulk of her teach­ing ca­reer was spent at Glas­gow School of Art. In 1983, Rae be­came pres­i­dent of the So­ci­ety of Scot­tish Artists and was ap­pointed a mem­ber of the Royal Fine Art Com­mis­sion for Scot­land in 1995. She is a mem­ber of both the Royal Scot­tishA­cademy and theRoyal Academy, Lon­don. Her work, ab­stracts us­ing strong colours and a range of ma­te­ri­als, is in nu­mer­ous pub­lic, private and cor­po­rate col­lec­tions across the world, in­clud­ing the British­Mu­seum, Gallery of Mod­ern Art, Ed­in­burgh, Kelvingrove, Mu­seum of Art for Women, Wash­ing­ton DC, Bank of Eng­land, Bri­tish Rail, Lazard Fr­eres and Stan­dard Life. Prices from £200 to £8000 www.bar­bararae.com

JOHN BROWN

John Brown stud­ied at the Glas­gow School of Art be­tween 1963 and 1968 and sub­se­quently taught, lat­terly at the Ed­in­burgh Academy. He has been a long­stand­ing ex­hibitor at the Royal Scot­tish Wa­ter­colour So­ci­ety, the Royal Scot­tish Academy and the Royal Glas­gow In­sti­tute, and has won nu­mer­ous awards. His work is char­ac­terised by a rich pal­ette and var­ied use of oil, mixed me­dia and col­lage. Prices from £200 to £5000 www.scot­tish-gallery.co.uk

ALAN KING

Alan King was born in Glas­gow in 1946 and trained at the Glas­gow School of Art be­tween 1964 and 1968. Afig­u­ra­tive artist, King draws in­spri­a­tion from lit­er­ary sources. Cu­ri­ously, many of his fig­ures wear a red hat. He taught for a num­ber of years; and it is only in the last decade or so that he has turned his at­ten­tion to full­time paint­ing. King has ex­hib­ited ex­ten­sively across the UK and his work fea­tures in col­lec­tions in the UK, North Amer­ica, and Hong Kong. Prices from £200 to £2000

MAR­ION THOM­SON

Land­scape painter Mar­ion Thom­son’s work is in­flu­enced by the power of the sea and she spends much of her time sketch­ing and paint­ing on Iona and Eigg. Now 48, she stud­ied at Glas­gow School of Art and orig­i­nally worked as a free­lance cos­tume de­signer. This year she has shown twice in Lon­don. She is cur­rently ex­hibit­ing at the Lime Gallery, Glas­gow, the Smithy Gallery in Blane­field, the Lil­lie Art Gallery Mil­ngavie and theMans­field Park Gallery, Glas­gow. Prices from £450 to £1500 www.scot­landart.com

MADELEINE HAND

Dunkeld-based Hand’s work has a fairy­tale qual­ity about it – un­sur­pris­ing, given that she orig­i­nally trained in il­lus­tra­tion at the Glas­gow School of Art. Most re­cently, Hand, 47, has used the Red Barns of Perthshire as an in­spi­ra­tion and claims she has achieved Barn Spot­ter sta­tus – with “the best yet found just out­side Bank­foot at the edge of the A9”. Her wa­ter­colours are show­ing at Lime Gallery, Glas­gow and at Zigzags, Dunkeld; oils at Frames Gallery, Perth and the Broughton Gallery, by Big­gar. Wa­ter­colours £80-£180; oils £450-£1200 Orig­i­nal paint­ings, prints and cards from Zigzags, Dunkeld. Tel: 01350 728666

MICHAEL CLARK

Ayr-based Michael Clark stud­ied at Ed­in­burgh Col­lege of Art be­fore be­com­ing a graphic de­signer for BBC Scot­land. He has been a full-time painter since 1994. His work is del­i­cately bal­anced be­tween ab­stract and rep­re­sen­ta­tional. In 2003, he was run­ner-up in the Ken­nox Prize (now the As­pect). He reg­u­larly ex­hibits at the Royal Glas­gow In­sti­tute, the Pais­ley Art In­sti­tute, The Royal Scot­tish Academy and Vis­ual Arts Scot­land an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion. His work is held in sev­eral cor­po­rate col­lec­tions. In De­cem­ber his work is at the Lime Gallery, Glas­gow; John Green Fine Art, Glas­gow and the Smithy Gallery, Blane­field. Prices £400 to £800 email: gesso.clark@bt­in­ter­net.com

ROSS RYAN

With his stu­dio in an Ar­gyll boathouse only ac­ces­si­ble by wa­ter, the work of print­maker and painter Ross Ryan is heav­ily in­flu­enced by the sea. Cri­nan is a con­stant in­spi­ra­tion for the grad­u­ate of Gray’s School of Art. The son of renowned land­scape artist Frances Macdon­ald, Ryan has ex­hib­ited in­ter­na­tion­ally with Sotheby’s and his work is in many cor­po­rate and private col­lec­tions. In 2002, he re­ceived the La­timer Award from the Royal Scot­tish Academy and the David Cargill Award from the Royal Glas­gow In­sti­tute. He is work­ing on a solo show next May at the RGI and his art can be seen at the Lime Gallery, Glas­gow and Cri­nan Fine Art, Ar­gyll. Prices from £400 to £1000 www.rossryan.co.uk

JAMES TWEEDIE

Any­one in­ter­ested in col­lect­ing Scot­tish art will know the painter Jim Tweedie, who works in the Com­pass Gallery in Glas­gow. Tweedie, 55, of­ten paints against the back­ground of the city’s West End. His paint­ings are peo­pled by lone­some- look­ing fig­ures and an­i­mals. He will be show­ing next year at Thompson’s Gallery in Lon­don. He was also cho­sen by Dame Helena Kennedy QC for the Dis­cern­ing Eye ex­hi­bi­tion. He has showed his work through­out the UK and Europe. Prices from £350 www.com­pass­gallery.co.uk; www.jamest­weedie.com

CHRIS­TINE McARTHUR

Cove-based artist Chris­tine McArthur has de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion for her largescale still life paint­ings. Her work can be seen in the John Lewis stores in Glas­gow and Lon­don. More re­cently she has turned to col­lage. She stud­ied at Glas­gow School of Art and pro­duced book il­lus­tra­tions un­til de­mand for her work en­abled her to paint full-time. Her early work was pri­mar­ily in oil. She be­came a mem­ber of the Roy­al­Glas­gow In­sti­tute in 1990 and in 1995 was elected a mem­ber of the Royal Scot­tish So­ci­ety of Painters in Wa­ter­colour. She held a suc­cess­ful solo ex­hi­bi­tion at Glas­gow’s Roger Bill­cliffe Gallery, based on weekly vis­its to a nurs­ery in Gar­tocharn. Wa­ter­colours from £350; paint­ings £1500 www.lemon­street­gallery.co.uk

JONATHAN ROBERT­SON

Jonathan Robert­son was born in Banff in 1947 and trained at Glas­gow School of Art. His widely col­lected paint­ings are heav­ily in­flu­enced by the north-east­ern fish­ing town, with fig­u­ra­tive com­po­si­tions of work­ing fish­er­men. His paint­ings are found in the per­ma­nent col­lec­tions of Arthur An­der­son, Ernst & Young and the Glas­gow Art Gallery. Per­haps best known

for his print­mak­ing tech­niques, he has had shows in both the Glas­gow and Ed­in­burgh Print Stu­dios and a solo ex­hi­bi­tion at the orig­i­nal Print Shop in Glas­gow. Prices from £400 to £4500 www.art-com­pany-scot­land.com

PETER NAR­DINI

Peter Nar­dini has twin tal­ents as a painter and a tal­ented singer/song­writer. Since he grad­u­ated fromGlas­gow School of Art in 1970 he has won favour with col­lec­tors of Scot­tish art. He works with acrylic paint us­ing a dry brush which gives a pas­tel-like qual­ity to his paint­ings and al­lows him to build up the sur­face tex­ture. The im­pact of light emerg­ing from dark­ness is a char­ac­ter­is­tic of both his land­scapes and his fig­u­ra­tive work. His paint­ing of Scot­tish Bal­let, Re­hearsal, is on per­ma­nent dis­play at the Theatre Royal, Glas­gow. His work is held in pub­lic and private col­lec­tions in Europe and the USA. Prices from £300 to £1000 www.nar­diniartscot­land.com; www.the-leith-gallery.co.uk

LEX McFADYEN

Prob­a­bly more familiar to the pub­lic as a fash­ion de­signer, Lex McFadyen now ex­hibits his own paint­ings in his re­cent ven­ture, the Lime Gallery, in Glas­gow’s West End. Once dubbed the Jean-Paul Gaultier of Scot­tish cou­ture, he de­signed for Alan Cum­ming and Karen Mul­der be­fore­mov­ing to Ar­gyll to paint full-time. He be­gan to re­ceive a variety of com­mis­sions for work in both char­coal and oils. In 2004 McFadyen was com­mis­sioned by Strath­clyde Univer­sity to cre­ate a work that was pre­sented to HRH the Princess Royal. He has sev­eral shows planned for 2007: in April at the Peter Pot­ter Gallery, Hadding­ton, in June at the RGI’s John D Kelly Gallery, Glas­gow and in Septem­ber at the Bir­nam In­sti­tute, Dunkeld. Prices from £400 to £1200 LIME, 899 Dum­bar­ton Road Glas­gow. Tel: 0141 334 6352

THE LONELY PIPER

In his profile on My Space, the artis­tic phe­nom­e­non that is the Lonely Piper (aka 31-year-old Colin Martin) claims to be a “soli­tudi­nous soul, an­cient provo­ca­tor and mys­ti­cal High­land wan­derer ro­man­ti­cally en­twined with the rugged grandeur of his spir­i­tual en­vi­rons, pon­der­ing and wan­der­ing and ven­tur­ing back and forth be­yond the Scotch mist veil”. His work has been se­lected by sculp­tor MarcQuinn for 2007’s Con­tem­po­rary Art So­ci­ety Art Fu­tures prize. An ex­am­ple of his provoca­tive work is Hand Shandy, which ir­rev­er­ently jux­ta­poses Jimmy Shand with a mid-1960s post­card of a snowy glen. Prints from £295 www.dca.org.uk; www.em­bassy­gallery.co.uk

Clock­wise from main pic­ture: Still Life with Chicken Brick by Archie For­rest; Romeo and Juliet by He­len Wil­son; Ury Flow­ers by Francis Boag; and Golden Boy by Alan King

Clock­wise from top: Stacks Tol­sta by PamCarter; Red Shoes, Green Boots by He­len Wil­son; Miss­ing You An­gel by Ger­ard Burns; Lit­tle Tree by Hazel Nagl

Clock­wise from above: Lilies by Mar­ion Drum­mond; Chill of Win­ter, Wester Ross by Hamish MacDon­ald; and Bit Parts by Gor­don Mitchell

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