Why is Scottish Art so colourful?

There is a big drive on colour by contemporary Scottish artists. However, pushing the boundaries of palette combinations and vibrancy is not a new concept....


Colourful scottish art, contemporary paintings by Scottish artists - Francis Boag
Francis Boag - Contemporary Scottish Artist

Francis Boag


Scottish artists have been exploring the unlimited effects of driving colour to almost extremes throughout the twentieth and twentyfirst centuries.


Colourful scottish art, contemporary paintings by Scottish artists - George Birrell
George Birrell - Contemporary Scottish Artist

George Birrell


The influence stemming from French avante-garde leaders including Van-Dogen and Matisse had an immediate and lasting legacy on the art of future influential Scottish artists John Ducan Fergusson, Francis Cadell and Samuel Peploe, cementing a legacy of colour exploration in generations of subsequent scottish artists.

Colourful scottish art, contemporary paintings by Scottish artists - Peter Luti
Peter Luti - Contemporary Scottish Artist

Peter Luti


Much of the work by contemporary Scottish artists vears away from the often dull and grey effects of the typical Scottish weather, embracing an enhanced version of reality with vibrancy and contrast.



Colourful scottish art, contemporary paintings by Scottish artists - Emma S Davis
Emma Davis - Contemporary Scottish Artist

Emma Davis


Painters deal practically with pigments, so "blue" for a painter can be any of the blues: phthalocyanine blue, Prussian blue, indigo, Cobalt blue, ultramarine, and so on. One artist's subtle explication on a blue sky, could be another's brilliant, smack-you-right-between-the-eyes interpretation.


Colourful scottish art, contemporary paintings by Scottish artists - Jim Wylie
Jim Wylie - Contemporary Scottish Artist

Jim Wylie


Colours only add to the potential, derived context of meanings, and because of this, the perception of a painting is highly subjective.


Colourful scottish art, contemporary paintings by Scottish artists - Pam Carter
Pam Carter - Contemporary Scottish Artist

Pam Carter


Of course the quality and vibrancy of modern artistic materials may well play a part in such a dramatic use of colour, with many contemporary artists combining different media to create bold compositions.


Colourful scottish art, contemporary paintings by Scottish artists - Jolomo
John Lowrie Morrison - Contemporary Scottish Artist

Jolomo


Maybe it is a colourful revolution, or perhaps has been intrisically ingrained in the teaching of Scottish art schools for years. Could it be that Scottish creatives are more inclined to use artistic licence when the landscape surrounding them is so often dull and grey?


Colourful scottish art, contemporary paintings by Scottish artists - Scott Naismith
Scott Naismith - Contemporary Scottish Artist

Scott Naismith


Whatever the reason for this dramatic burst of colour throughout contemporary Scottish artwork, I for one am thrilled! The more colour the better.




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