James Cowie

Born: 1886
Place of Birth: Aberdeenshire
Died: 1956

Born in Aberdeenshire, Cowie studied at Glasgow School of Art. He later taught at Bellshill Academy, near Glasgow followed by the position of Warden at Hospitalfield House. It was here where Cowie taught Joan Eardley, where they famously clashed over their different approaches to painting. His style of painting was precise and linear. A great admirer of artists like Poussin and the pre-raphaelite painters, he felt he shared their classical values of self-restraint and objectivity. He had a meticulous way of working and believed that art was a product of thought and reason.

 

  • James Cowie

    The Artist and his Model

    c.1940
    pencil & pastel
    H:38cm W:27cm
    £8,500
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Study of a Girl’s Arm (Portrait Group),

    1934
    chalk drawing
    H:16cm W:27.5cm
    £1,650
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Landscape

    pencil, gouache & watercolour
    H:22.5cm W:36cm
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Still Life with Tanagra Figure

    c.1940
    pencil drawing
    H:19.5cm W:24cm
    £2,900
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Study for the Plough

    c.1940
    pencil & watercolour
    H:38.5cm W:57.5cm
    £2,500
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Still Life with Picasso Book

    1940
    pencil drawing
    H:34cm W:25cm
    £3,850
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Study of Arm and Jacket

    c.1940
    pencil & chalk drawing
    H:52cm W:27cm
    £1,800
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Back of a Nude

    c.1944
    charcoal on paper
    H:37cm W:32cm
    £1,500
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Still Life with Glass, Apple and Spoon

    1944
    mixed media
    H:25cm W:47cm
    £8,500
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Trees near Hospitalfield

    c.1944
    pencil drawing
    H:36.5cm W:25.5cm
    £2,650
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Farm Steading, Hospitalfield (study)

    1945
    pencil & watercolour
    H:60.5cm W:43cm
    £2,150
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Tanagra Figures (Planes and Figures)

    c.1947
    pen & pastel
    H:30.5cm W:31cm
    £3,650
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Interior, Hospitalfield

    c.1945
    chalk drawing
    H:26cm W:19cm
    £2,150
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Landscape (Glasgow)

    c.1920
    watercolour
    H:12.5 cm W:16cm
    £2,500
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Landscape, Lanarkshire

    c.1920
    watercolour
    H:10.8cm W:15.5cm
    £2,500
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Lake District, Patterdale

    c.1925
    pencil & wash drawing
    H:19.5cm W:29.5cm
    £2,750
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Coastal Study (possibly Whitby), c.1925-1930

    1925-30
    watercolour
    H:20cm W:31.5cm
    £3,250
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    House in Parkland, France

    c.1927
    watercolour
    H:13.2cm W:26.2cm
    £2,200
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Head of a Girl

    1925-30
    pencil drawing
    H:40cm W:38cm
    £3,500
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Girl’s Head

    1925-30
    pencil drawing
    H:25cm W:23cm
    £3,250
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    The Seine, Paris

    c.1927
    pencil and watercolour
    H:21.5cm W:27.5cm
    £2,200
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Head Study, Girl

    1925-30
    chalk drawing
    H:29.5cm W:26cm
    £4,250
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Aberdeenshire Landscape

    c.1930
    oil on canvas board
    H:27cm W:35cm
    £3,000
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Study of Drapery

    c.1940
    pencil drawing
    H:38cm W:28cm
    £1,500
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Book and Leaves

    1935
    mixed media
    H:28cm W:35.5cm
    £7,000
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Figure with Apple and Vase

    c.1935
    water and conté
    H:20.5cm W:24.5cm
    £2,750
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Composition Study

    c.1935
    pencil on Birchmore canvas board
    H:23cm W:29cm
    £1,500
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    Roof and Trees

    c.1939
    pencil drawing
    H:21cm W:25.5cm
    £2,200
    Photograph: John McKenzie
  • James Cowie

    In the Country

    1930
    watercolour
    H:22cm W:23cm
    £7,500
    Photograph: John McKenzie