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James Cowie

27 Feb 2019 - 30 Mar 2019

We are delighted to announce an exhibition of works on paper by James Cowie. Cowie can be seen as one of the most individual Scottish painters and teachers of the 20th century. Unlike many of his contemporaries Cowie did not follow in the Colourists tradition but drew great influence from Poussin and the Pre-Raphaelites school of 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, rather than a spontaneous reaction to the subject. There is an elusive quality that in the past has been defined as ‘ambiguous’, romantic or surrealist. Through his teaching at Hospitalfield he had great influence on a further generation of artist including Joan Eardley, Robert Colquhoun and Macbryde and Ian Fleming. This important body of work has been consigned directly from the Cowie family.

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