‘I have an interest in the narrow strip of land between high and low water.’
1932 born in Mottingham, Kent
1948-49 art school in South Shields, County DurhamFrom 1951 studied medical illustration at Edinburgh University
From 1954 moved to the painting class at Edinburgh College of Art; postgraduate year spent in Italy, France and Spain on a couple of
travelling scholarships from the university and the British School at Rome
1960-93 taught at Edinburgh College of Art, as well as at the American university in Aix-en-Provence, France
Early 1960s series of exhibitions featuring 6ft panoramic landscapes, including a sequence of paintings of the Lake District
From 1985 exhibited astonishingly life-like large and small-scale constructions made from balsa wood, paint, card and papier-mache
Fruitmarket Gallery (1977), Serpentine Gallery (1980), Talbot Rice Gallery (1985), Contemporary Art Space Osaka, Hashimoto Museum of Art, City Art Centre Edinburgh, CCA Glasgow, Plymouth Art Centre, Odapark Netherlands, Royal Museum of Scotland, National Museum of Sweden, Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery, Mercury Gallery London, Barbican Centre, Amos Anderson Gallery Helsinki.
Public and private collections (selected)
The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery, Bank of Scotland, The Royal Bank of Scotland, British Petroleum, Edinburgh City Art Centre, Glasgow City Art Gallery, Ian Hamilton Finlay Collection, Morton Fraser, National Government Collection, London, Nuffield Foundation, London.
Died July 2011