1 Interesting Scottish 20th Century Mixed Media Painting "Cottages In Ayrshire" Signed Robert Sinclair Thomson ARSA, RSW.
Signed by the famous Glasgow School Scottish artist Robert Sinclair Thomson 1915-1983 ARSA, RSW.
Mixed media on paper.
Title "Cottages In Ayrshire".
This style is also highly appealing to Kyffin Williams country art collectors.
Ayrshire (Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir is a historic county and registration county in south-west Scotland, located on the shores of the Firth of Clyde.
A great example of his work.
Born Robert Sinclair Thomson in Glasgow in 1915, as an artist he called himself Sinclair Thomson (Sinclair being his mother’s maiden name); those close to him knew him as Robert. It is more than likely that his self-portrait was painted specially for Ruth in 1964.
His second wife, Barbara Sinclair Thomson, who met him around this time, recalls that he loved to wear straw hats, sometimes even hers.His one visible eye – painted mostly green, partly squiggly blue-black (his eyes were in fact blue) – gives an astute, benign, humorous look. His features are, on close analysis, a fiery mix of orange, red and yellow, with some green.
At school, aged sixteen, Sinclair Thomson had endured a severe rugby accident, which led to the amputation of his leg. For the rest of his life he was to suffer recurrent pain and inconvenience. In 1941 he went to Glasgow School of Art. Fellow students there included Joan Eardley (1921-1963); they became close friends.
From 1960 until 1975 he was a teacher at Glasgow School of Art. His summers were spent at his cottage at Ballantrae, where, as Dr. Mary Armour has written, ‘he looked out over the Firth of Clyde towards Ailsa Crag which he painted many times and enjoyed painting large sunsets towards Arran’. Two great modern Scottish painters, William Gilles and John Maxwell became good friends; he shared their love of Scottish landscape. There are parallels between his landscape painting and theirs, and some also with Joan Eardley’s expressionistic landscapes and seascapes as well as with Kyffin Williams who also is famous for painting cottages in landscape.