In Memoriam: Elizabeth Blackadder

The death of Elizabeth Blackadder (1931-2021) earlier this month is a sad and significant loss to the British art world. As a student and teacher Blackadder was a link between generations of leading modern Scottish… View Post

Ben Nicholson and his Artist Relatives

I am delighted to have written the blog ‘A Private Family Portrait: Ben Nicholson and his Artist Relatives‘ for Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. Ben Nicholson: From the Studio Exhibition It was written to accompany Pallant… View Post

The Joy of Yellow

Yellow is the colour of Spring and with daffodils at their peak, let’s look at how modern Scottish artists have introduced the joy of yellow into their work. Dorothy Johnstone (1892-1980) In Black and Yellow… View Post

The Signs of Spring

As the winter of Covid-19 drags on, be cheered by the signs of Spring which are beginning to appear. Four modern Scottish artists draw our attention to the start of this lovely season. The Shoots… View Post

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year through modern British paintings! Christmas will be muted for most of us this year and few will be sorry to see 2020 come to an… View Post