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David McLeod Martin. RSW. RGI. SSA. (b.1922)
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Colourful landscape scene by this very popular Scottish artist. This painting was one of a series of works commissioned by Lord Bute to be painted for new premises in Rothesay on Bute.
Oil on canvas 20" x 24" signed.
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Artist in oil, gouache and pastel, and teacher, born in Glasgow, settling in the area later at Eaglesham. He studied at Glasgow School of Art, 1940 - 42 and 1946 - 48, interrupted by the war when he served in the Royal air Force. Teachers include David Donaldson, Hugh Adam Crawford and Ian Flemming. Head of art at the Hamilton Grammar School until 1983 when he retired early to paint full time. Member of the RSW and Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts. He was awarded the Royal Glasgow Institute's Mabel Mackinley Award, 1990. and the May Marshall Brown award in 1984. Martin said that "work derived from landscape explores the rhythmic lines and related shapes which are sometimes echoed in other areas of the painting. This sometimes leads to a simplified statement bordering on abstraction, which is the quality of landscape which interests me". Showed in mixed exhibitions at RSA, RA and Compass Gallery, Glasgow. Had a solo show at Stone Gallery, Newcastle, 1965. several more in Scotland, including Kingfisher Gallery, Edinburgh, 1991 and a first one-man show in London at Thackeray Gallery, 1992. Scottish Arts Council, Scottish Television, City of Edinburgh Art Collection and other notable collections hold his work.
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