Sir Robin Philipson PPRSA, RA, HRA, RSW, RGI, D.(Unit), LL.D, FRSE, HRIAS, RCAA, HRHA, DA(Edin) (1916 – 1992)
2016 marks the centenary of Robin Philipson’s birth and The Scottish Gallery are marking this event with a major retrospective on the artist. He was a significant and influential presence on the Scottish art scene for more than three decades, and was closely associated with other Edinburgh School figures such as Anne Redpath and William Gillies. He had numerous commitments throughout his life, including Head of School of Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art and eventually President of the Royal Scottish Academy, a post he held from 1973 - 1983. However, he was above all, a practicing painter, who, in spite of the demands upon him was still able to produce a distinguished, challenging and wholly original body of work. He received many honours throughout his life including being knighted for service to the arts in Scotland in 1976. Included in the exhibition will be examples from throughout his career. Themes such as Cockfights, Rose Windows, Cathedral Interiors and the monumental triptych Threnody for our Time will be on show. Also on view will be a rare self portrait created in 1940, the year Philipson was dispatched to India with the Kings Own Scottish Borderers.
Robin Philipson first showed with the Scottish Gallery in 1954 and we are thrilled to host this exhibition to honour one of Scotland’s most important painters.