Colour and Line – Glen Scouller

Expressive Scottish landscapes and still lifes are the trademark of Glen Scouller RSW RGI. His works radiate colour, light and compositional skill, as demonstrated in this latest exhibition: Colour and Line. 

When I met Glen  I was struck by how he looked  like a tweedy country gentleman – far from the imaginative stereotype of how artists should look and dress – but there is no shortage of colour and exuberance in his art. Glen has been a professional artist for 45 years, born in 1950, and is a Graduate of Glasgow College of Art.

Now living and working in Ayrshire,  he tells me he finds this area very agreeable, and it has contributed to the excellence of his coastal works. These are  particularly exciting – and not only the Scottish ones. Glen has, thus far, a highly distinguished career with many awards. After his studies at Glasgow School of Art (1968 to 1973) he went on to win the Royal Scottish Academy Painting Award and in 1973 a travelling Scholarship donated by W O Hutcheson. This was for Drawing and Painting and afforded a trip to Greece. Among his other successes was his election to the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts in 1989. In 2006 Glen received the David Cargill award.

Scouller2His work has been exhibited in Glassgow, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Truro as well as In Johannesburg and Capetown underlining the fact this is no provincial artist. Also Glen has written a book ‘Colour and Line in Watercolour’ – the title of this exhibition.

I found Glen’s work to be meticulous and I was not surprised when he told me he likes, in his words ‘to turn messy into order’, something clearly reflected in his appearance and manner, as well as his work, which are all very orderly.

His work is held in a number of public and private collections world-wide – from the Scottish Office in Edinburgh to the de Beers and First National Bank of South Africa.

Exhibition runs at the Open Eye Gallery until Wednesday 21st September.

10 am o 6 pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.

Open Eye Gallery, 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE.


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