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LIVING PAINT- Fergusson Gallery Collection Tours Highlands

Paintings by the renowned Scottish artist John Duncan Fergusson, will be touring Highland Council galleries in Kingussie, Inverness, Wick and Thurso this autumn and winter

Born in Edinburgh in 1874, Fergusson is increasingly recognised as an artist of both national and international standing. “Living Paint” is a unique opportunity to see a selection of landscapes, portraits, still life and nudes, which demonstrate his experimental and varied output.

Fergusson is now best known as one of the Scottish Colourists, along with SJ Peploe, FCB Cadell and GL Hunter. Although they rarely exhibited as a group during their lifetimes, they shared a love of colour and paint, exploiting its sensual qualities. Fergusson in particular also benefited from contact with avant-garde artists in Paris in the first decade of the 20th century. His response to this artistic revolution was ahead of any of his British contemporaries.

The exhibition highlights Fergusson’s links with France, including the south coast, where he regularly spent summers painting. Dance schools run there by his partner Margaret Morris provided a constant source of models for numerous joyful paintings. The show also looks at the importance Fergusson placed on his Highland, Celtic ancestry, and the key role he played in encouraging other artists in Scotland and promoting Scottish art.

This prestigious show comes from the Fergusson Gallery, Perth which has the largest holding of work by J. D. Fergusson in existence. The Fergusson Gallery is the world centre for the appreciation of Fergusson’s work. The Gallery is currently closed to the public for restoration, and is due to reopen in Spring 2005.

“Living Paint” from Perth and Kinross Council’s Fergusson Gallery in Perth is being toured in the Highlands by The Highland Council’s Education, Culture and Sport Service on the following dates:

John Duncan Fergusson at the Portland Gallery
John Duncan Fergusson at the Tate Gallery, London
Scottish Art, John Duncan Fergusson
John Duncan Fergusson Collection
Fergusson At 24 Hour Museum
More Fergusson Biography