An Artistic Affinity: William Gillies, John Maxwell, Archie Sutter Watt at Kirkcudbright Galleries celebrates the work of three Scottish artists who influenced creativity through their art and teaching.
Known to many for his Galloway landscapes and still life paintings, Archie Sutter Watt RSW (1915-2005) lived and worked at his studio in Kirkgunzeon near Dalbeattie for over 55 years. A charitable trust was set up after his death to look after his archive of work and to make grant awards to young artists and education projects in Dumfries & Galloway.
Sir William Gillies RSA (1898-1973) trained and taught at Edinburgh College of Art and was a great influence on many of the next generation of artists known as the Edinburgh School. His still life and landscape oils are studio-composed pieces of subtle complexity, while his watercolours are lyrically observed renderings of the area around his home in the Scottish Borders.
Born and raised in Dalbeattie, John Maxwell RSA (1905-1962) also studied at Edinburgh College of Art before travelling in Europe for a year. Like several other Scottish artists of his generation, he studied for a short period in Paris, where he experimented with Cubism before settling on a more conventional style of abstract painting. His works are held by Tate Britain and the National Galleries of Scotland.