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'on reflection' - a catalogue of new paintings from 2011-2013
  • gordon bryce RSA RSW4th 21st june 2013


  • It is interesting that this solo show is so close to home forGordon Bryce. With his roots in the Scottish Landscape, andcelebrating his 70th birthday, Gordon Bryce has clearly beenon a reflective journey, marking his huge career to this point.

    These works are personal, intimate, and of places thatGordon has known all his life. And yet we are seeing themin a new light. He has been creating this reflective group ofpaintings over the last two years, covering the cycle of theseasons. As you can see, Gordon has been living with snowfor a considerable amount of that time and with somebreathtaking results. Snow is an almost impossible thing topaint well, and yet Gordon achieves it beautifully.

    At the heart of every painting, though, is colour. Even withhis snow. January and The Dee, Maryculter, Winter arewonderful examples. And what better example of a trueColourist than Cliff, Ardnarmurchan, almost Mediterreanin colour and in warmth, another thing that Gordoncaptures so sublimely.

    A Scottish Colourist through and through, and in this year,his 70th year, Gordon Bryce has undeniably established hisposition in this genre.


    winter, strathdon mixed media on board 24x48ins.


    august fields, pitmedden oil on board 18x24ins.

  • 4early snow, contlaw

    oil on board


  • 6edge of the wood, september

    mixed media on board


  • 8yellow pear

    oil on board




    oil on board


  • 10

    summer sea

    oil on board


  • 12

    green sea, arisaig

    oil on board


  • 14

    north sea edge

    mixed media on board


    sheep pen, maryculter

    oil on board



  • 16

    traigh by arisaig

    mixed media on board



    sanna, ardnamurchan

    mixed media on board


  • 18

    edge of autumn

    mixed media on board


  • 20

    snowfield, milltimber

    oil on board


  • 22

    woodland, midwinter

    mixed media on board


  • 2524

    surf north sea

    oil on board


    cliff, ardnamurchan

    mixed media on board


  • 26


    oil on board


  • 28

    field by the sea, dunnottar

    mixed media on board


  • 30

    the dee, maryculter, winter

    oil on board


  • 32

    snow cloud, contlaw

    oil on board


  • biography

    1943 Born in Edinburgh

    1948-1960 Educated at Edinburgh Academy & George Watsons College, Edinburgh

    1960-1965 Edinburgh College of ArtStudied under Sir Robin Philipson and Sir William Gillies

    1968 Appointed lecturer in Printmaking, Grays School of Art, Aberdeen

    1986-1995 Head of Fine Art, Grays School of Art, Aberdeen

    1995 Currently painting full time

    awards1965 Chalmers Bursary Royal Scottish Academy

    1965 Keith Prize Royal Scottish Academy

    1967 First Prize: Pernod Scottish Academy Competition

    1968 Arts Council Award

    1969 Latimer Award Royal Scottish Academy

    1971 Arts Council Award

    1976 Elected Associate of the Scottish Royal Academy

    1976 Elected Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour

    1977 May Marshall Brown Award

    1980 Major Arts Council Award

    1981 Educational Institute of Scotland Award

    1982 Shell Expo. Premier Award

    1984 Sir William Gillies Travelling Scholarship

    1986 Scottish Postal Board Award

    solo exhibitions1966, 1968 New 57 Gallery, Edinburgh Festival

    1968 Absalom Gallery, Bath Festival

    1971 Richard Demarco Gallery

    1972 University of Aberdeen

    1977 McMurray Gallery, London

    1978 Royal Edinburgh Hospital

    1978-2009 The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

    1984 Edinburgh University

    1986-2013 Thackeray Gallery, London

    1988 Grape Lane Gallery, York

    1988 Kingfisher Gallery, Edinburgh

    1988 Yperifanos Gallery, New York

    1989-94 Macaulay Gallery, Stenton, East Lothian

    1990 Ancrum Gallery, Ancrum

    1990-1992 The Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen

    1993 Bruton Gallery, Bath

    1994, 1999 Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin

    1994, 1998, 2000 Corrymella Scott Gallery, Newcastle

    2003 Henselwood Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

    2008 Mayoral Suites, Town Hall, London, with Thackeray Gallery, London


  • works in private collectionsThroughout Britain, Ireland, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and the Far East.

    public collectionsAberdeen Art Gallery

    Aberdeenshire Educational Trust

    Angus Council

    Argyle Securities, London

    Art in Healthcare

    Bank of Scotland

    British Petroleum, London

    Carnegie Dunfermline Trust

    Cazenoves London

    City of London Club

    Darlington Museum and Art Gallery

    Dundee University

    Edinburgh Civic Collection

    Edinburgh College of Art

    Edinburgh University

    Edinburgh University Staff Club

    Educational Institute of Scotland

    Elf Oil, London

    Fife Education Authority

    Flemings Collection, London

    George Watsons College, Edinburgh

    Grampian Regional Education Authority

    Grampian Television

    Hawick Museum, Scottish Borders Council

    Hospitals Art Collections, Aberdeen

    Hunterian Museum, Glasgow

    Jerwood Collection, Hastings

    Jo Hambro, London

    Leeds City Council Collection

    Lothian Region Education Authority

    Marischal Museum, Aberdeen

    Mobil Oil, London

    Mural for Crombie Hall, Aberdeen University

    National Trust for Scotland

    Royal Bank of Scotland, Charterhouse Group, London

    Perth Museum and Art Gallery

    Robert Gordons University, Aberdeen

    Royal Edinburgh Hospitals Collection

    Scottish Arts Council

    Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

    Seaforth Maritime Museum, Aberdeen

    Scottish Office, London

    Smith Art Gallery, Stirling

    Stirling University

    Sussex University

    Tayside Regional Collection


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