James Macaulay

James Macaulay who is a former Western Isles Art Adviser returns to Lewis with an exhibition of his paintings throughout August.
James, a native of Motherwell, graduated from the prestigious Glasgow School of Art in 1961. During his final year he won the Somerville-Shanks Prize for Portraiture and was also a finalist in the Royal Scottish Academy competition for young artists during which he was tutored by the renowned Scottish artist Joan Eardley.
James followed a successful career first as a teacher and then as an Art Adviser. He spent 11 happy years from 1976 as Adviser in Art to the then newly formed Western Isles Islands Council. James made many friends and will be remembered by some in particular for founding 'Grinneas nan Eilean' the annual exhibition of art which continues to flourish to this day, attracting artists and crafts people from across the region.
James left the Western Isles in 1987 to become Adviser in Art to Dumfries and Galloway Region, but in 1995 he embarked on his latest career as a full-time professional artist. In describing his own work, James says:

"I suppose that I am best known as a painter of landscape and seascape. Certainly my love of landscape is deep-rooted and pays homage to the traditions of Scottish landscape painting, with the influences of Kirkudbright, the Glasgow Boys, and the Colourists being particularly strong"

Many will look forward with excitement to seeing the latest work from this old friend of the Hebrides - Jim Macaulay.

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