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.
Gallery Director Guy Peploe, gave a talk on the works within this exhibition, click here to view the edited highlights.
Aberdeenshire Landscape View details
Aberdeenshire Landscapec.1930oil on canvas boardH:27cm W:35cm£2,900Back of a Nude View details
Back of a Nudec.1944charcoal on paperH:37cm W:32cm£1,450Book and Leaves View details
Book and Leaves1935mixed mediaH:28cm W:35.5cm£6,850Coastal Study (possibly Whitby), c.1925-1930 View details
Coastal Study (possibly Whitby), c.1925-19301925-30watercolourH:20cm W:31.5cm£3,250Composition Study View details
Composition Studyc.1935pencil sketch on canvas boardH:23cm W:29cm£1,450Farm Steading, Hospitalfield (study) View details
Farm Steading, Hospitalfield (study)1945pencil & watercolourH:60.5cm W:43cm£1,950Figure with Apple and Vase View details
Figure with Apple and Vasec.1935watercolour and conteH:20.5cm W:24.5cm£2,550Girl's Head View details