Author: Christine Richard OBE FRSA

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Thursday, February 11th, 2016 at 9:51 pm
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In Human Form

Life drawing from the late William Crosbie RSA (1915 – 1999), photography from David Eustace, and Rebecca Westguard’s highly realistic depictions of the human body, comprise Life Stories, the Scottish Gallery’s current exhibition.

William Crosbie painted the nude for all his professional life, and is particularly noted for his studies of women – all posed with great confidence; some partially draped but never demure. Crosbie shared the methods of noted French artist, Ingres, and later experimented with ink line drawings, such as those done by both Picasso and Matisse. Returning to his oil painting I was particularly drawn to ‘Nude Lying on a Red Drape’ (1995) and ‘Reclining Nude (1969 – see header picture)) both executed in oil on board. (See Crosbie’s full biography at

Catalogue JE Caudron Figure and Coffee Cup

David Eustace is a well-known contemporary photographer and his limited edition prints on double-layered fine fibre archival Japanese rice paper provide an interesting counterpoint to the work  of  Crosbie and Rebecca Westguard. Living between Edinburgh and New York David has worked for most major magazines. He studied photography as a mature student at Edinburgh Napier University (1987 – 1990) and graduated with a first class honours degree. He is now the Chancellor of the University.

Most intriguing in this exhibition is (pictured) JE Cauldron and Coffee Cup (edition of 5) This set is on double layered fine fibre archival Japanese rice paper and, to me, is full of mystery! (His biography is at

Rebecca Westguard studied at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen where, under the tuition of Joyce W Cairns, she was able to explore her fascination with the human form. Among other awards and accolades Rebecca received the John Kinross Scholarship in 2002. She describes her work as displaying complexity and discipline; pre-requisites for the challenges of developing both male and female depictions of the human body.

Mark and Carolyn RestingRebecca’s pencil drawings on canvas board show most powerfully the less than perfect male and female human figures in very natural poses. Her ‘twin’ drawings of Carolyn Resting, Pillows, and Mark Resting, Pillows, which are displayed side-by-side in the exhibition are so naturally synchronised. (

The exhibition runs until 27th February

The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ. Telephone 0131 558 1200, Email and

The gallery is open from 10 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday.


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