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.
Study for the Plough View details
Study for the Ploughc.1940pencil & watercolourH:38.5cm W:57.5cm£2,250Study of a Girl's Arm (Portrait Group), View details
Study of a Girl's Arm (Portrait Group),1934chalk drawingH:16cm W:27.5cm£1,450Study of Arm and Jacket View details
Study of Arm and Jacketc.1940pencil & chalk drawingH:52cm W:27cm£1,750Study of Drapery View details
Study of Draperyc.1940pencil drawingH:38cm W:28cm£1,250Tanagra Figures (Planes and Figures) View details
Tanagra Figures (Planes and Figures)c.1947pen & pastelH:30.5cm W:31cm£3,450The Seine, Paris View details
The Seine, Parisc.1927pencil and watercolour on paperH:21.5cm W:27.5cm£2,100Trees near Hospitalfield View details