A Magician of the Brush: Robin Philipson

I am delighted to be chairing the on-line talk A ‘Magician of the Brush’: Robin Philipson, to be given by Elizabeth Cumming for members of the Scottish Society for Art History, at 6.30pm on Tuesday 23 November 2021.

Robin Philipson (1916-92), Self-portrait, c.1946
oil on canvas, Private Collection, photograph Antiona Reeve (c) Artist’s Estate

Robin Philipson

Philipson was born in Broughton-on-Furness in 1916 and trained at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). After service during World War Two, he joined the staff of ECA, eventually becoming Head of its School of Drawing and Painting. He was elected a full member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1962 and served as its President between 1973 and his retirement in 1983. Throughout hsi career, Philipson maintained a position as one of the most celebrated Scottish artists of the second half of the twentieth-century. His influence as practitioner, teacher and office-bearer is tremendous.

Front cover of Robin Philipson by Elizabeth Cumming, published by Sansom & Company in 2018
The cover features Philipson’s Brenda: Spring Portrait, 1951, oil on canvas, Private Collection, photograph Antonia Reeve (c) Artist’s Estate

Elizabeth Cumming

The distinguished art historian and curator, Elizabeth Cumming, published her biography of Robin Philipson in 2018. She is an Honoray Professor in the history of art at Edinburgh University. She got to know Philipson during the 1980s, when she was Curator at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh. In her talk, Cumming will discuss the range of Philipson’s achievements and whether he can be described as a modernist. Details of the event can be found here and information about becoming a member of the Scottish Society for Art History can be found here.

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