Scottie Wilson

Scottie Wilson (1890-1972)

was a well-known painter of imaginative subjects in a detailed style often with birds and fishes as motifs. He was born in Glasgow as Louis Freeman but was christened Robert Wilson although he preferred the name Scottie Wilson. Scottie volunteered for the Army after running away from home at the age of 16, and served in India and South Africa. On his discharge from the Army he returned to Scotland but later went to live in Toronto, Canada, circa 1930, where he resided for some fourteen years. His first exhibition was held in 1943 at the Picture Loan Society, Toronto. He returned to London in 1945, and it was in that year that his first London one-man show was held at the Arcade Gallery. In 1947 he was included in a Surrealist show at Galerie Maeght, Paris. Scottie also designed tapestries for the Aubusson workshop in France. He is represented in the Tate Gallery; Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and in many other public collections. His work was signed ‘Scottie’ and he died in London.

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