May 2014 archive

Scottish Art And Culture

Scottish art attractions in Glasgow and Edinburgh

The industrial revolution during the nineteenth century paved way for the south-west of Scotland the city of Glasgow to prosper and evolve as an urban center. This bought great benefits to those residing in the land and soon the city began expanding at a pace faster than any other region of Scotland.

With trade and shipbuilding evident for its growth in the British Empire, soon Glasgow became one of the most important cities in the country. Such evolution influenced the Scottish artists, most famous of which were the Glasgow boys that took inspiration beyond the city to the rural landscape of Scotland. Glasgow boys developed and expanded a genre of art that is now a popular draw for passionate art lovers and tourists at the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow.

famous scottish artistsBehind some of the most recognized works in Scottish art galleries were innovative creations by artists of the late nineteenth century. There were popular artists associated with the Glasgow Boys including Thomas Millie Dow who produced an interesting collection of work focusing on portraits and landscapes which improved Scottish art culture.

A graduate of the prestigious Glasgow School of Art, landscape artist William York MacGregor was often referred to as the “father” of the Glasgow Boys,who produced top Scottish art. Another of the Glasgow Boys James Paterson was an accomplished painter and an avid photographer as well. Their various paintings still create a great deal of interest in Scottish art exhibitions and are also displayed at art museums around the world. The celebrated pieces of art from Glasgow Boys include St Ives Harbour, Crail Fife, Edinburgh, portrait of Frederick C Gardiner, Boating on the Thames etc.

Glasgow in Scotland is the seat of arts with a number of galleries and museums that attract those looking to understand the history of the city. Scottish art galleries are legacies of the Victorians. Glasgow has 13 museums and galleries – Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, McLellan Galleries, Gallery of Modern Art, Burrell Collection, Glasgow Maritime Museum, Titan Crane, Transmission Gallery, Sharmanka, Street Level Photo Works, People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, Glasgow Science Center, Provand’s Lordship, The Glasgow Police Museum, Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Museum of Transport, Fossil Grove, St. Mungo’s Museum, The Auchentoshan Distillery Visitor Center, and the Tenement House.

There are some others outside Glasgow as well that exhibit works of arts of the nineteenth century era and even modern arts of present day Scottish artists.

John M Boyd ArtistAnother great art galley on the outskirts of Glasgow is Inverbeg gallery which would give any of its neighbouring galleries a run for their money especially in the modern art era, and from many years back in history

The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery is notable among other works for fine European prints and paintings. There are some 60 paintings created by Whistler, and the famous Charles Rennie Mackintosh Scottish art collection showcasing an exquisite painting of the Southpark Avenue home of the painter and his designer wife in the early 20th century. Known for the many galleries scattered across the country, the medieval era had the strongest influence over the arts scene in the land.

Such types of works are seen across all art museums and galleries in Scotland. Popular galleries Aberdeen Art Gallery attract some of the biggest tourist footfall in the city. Their range of exclusive art works dates back to the 13th century medieval period of the rise of the urban Scotland to even contemporary pieces of the 21st century, in top Scottish art 

Also, the Burrell Collection has more than 9,000 Scottish artists piece from across the globe. The National Gallery of Scotland of Edinburgh Prince Street is stated as one of the best small galleries in the European region.