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James Somerville

James Somerville

James Somerville

James Somerville is a Scottish contemporary painter living and working in the Scottish Borders.

Originally from Fife he graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and began teaching in Fife in 1960.

Later he became Principal Teacher of Art in Glenrothes High School then National Development Officer for Art and Design with the Scottish Education Department

As his career in education developed, he was appointed Principal Examiner with the Scottish Examination Board and was involved in the introduction and implementation of Standard Grade Art and Design in schools.

His paintings tend to concentrate on the man-made and natural environments, buildings, towns, cities, landscapes, and how these relate to the natural environment.

Slightly abstracted in style, and although always starting from drawings of specific places, they are taken well beyond the picturesque.

The finished pieces show a concentration on atmosphere, mood, and a response to things seen rather than mere representation of actual places.

“.....but the youthful and vibrant brushwork of septuagenarian James Somerville is simply stunning. ‘Church At Alcantara’ and the smaller ‘West Highland Croft’ show a confidence of experience and an innocent abandonment simultaneously. The sheer intensity of the colours is breathtaking.”

Martin Lennon / Scotsman newspaper

His paintings are held in the collections of: -

The Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh Hospitals Collection, Pitlochry Festival (Harry Cruden) Collection, Fife Regional Council, and various private collections at home and abroad.


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