J.D. Fergusson: La Vie Bohème
J.D. Fergusson (1874 - 1961) was a painter of exceptional talents, always true to his artisitic ideals and with an uncompromising vision of what it meant to be an artist. He had an energetic and engaging presence as detailed by one who knew him, "Fergus was both glamorous and benevolent, more like a distinguished actor than a painter." (Eileen Cassavetti, quoted by The Fergusson Gallery in J.D. Fergusson: Hats and Headgear, Perth, 2013)
He showed with The Scottish Gallery in 1923 exhibiting his 'Highland' works completed the year before as well as some sculpture work - a practise he was most naturally talented in but never made a more significant part of his portfolio, thus only a handful of three-dimensional work exists. The December 2013 exhibition featured a fantastic selection from across the artist's ouvre from the charming character sketches Fergusson practised throughout his career to the opulent oil paintings - including two of the aforementioned 'Highland' works - he is most famous for as one of the four Scottish Colourists.