Bill Gillon Retrospective

Leith artist, Bill Gillon, is currently being honoured with a Retrospective Exhibition at The Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh. Bill, who was born in 1942, was the youngest child of a large family where the Church played an important part in their lives. This certainly shows in some of his earlier works.

Bill was encouraged by his art teacher, the famous Ricky Demarco, to become a student at Edinburgh College of Art. Although Bill was talented he did not take kindly to authority and curiously was suspended from the college at the same time as being awarded a painting prize!  Bill went on to teach at a number of schools then moved to Telford College for the next 30 years.

It is true to say his works vary from the dark to the beautiful and life enhancing. There are 49 pictures and drawings, displayed over four floors. The range of materials is just as eclectic as the subject matter. The artist used mixed media oil – clearly a favourite – and charcoal.

GillonBill’s talent for drawing is reflected in all the works and this is the lasting impression I formed of the whole range. Among my own favourites are ‘Woman through rain window’ painted in oil; ‘Harlequin with monkey’ charcoal on paper; ‘Woman in Violin’ done in oil and also in oil ‘Yellow Taxi’.

Sadly, following a suspected stroke four years ago Bill is now unable to work and his memory is also impaired. Experts in the field of art believe he would otherwise continued to further develop his undoubted skills.

The Exhibition runs until 2nd May and the majority of works are for sale.

Open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm.

Scottish Arts Club, 24 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH1 2BW

For more information, contact 0131 229 8157 or email


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