Hamish Reid (1929-2005)


oil on canvas
signed and dated "Hamish Reid '60" (lower right)

75 x 50 cm (image size)
91.5 x 66.5 cm (frame size)

Possibly exhibited 1960 at the RSA, no.237.

Hamish Reid was born and bred in Dalkeith. He attended Edinburgh College of Art in the late 40's/early 50's alongside Elizabeth Blackadder, David McClure and John Houston. It was clear to see how he and his contemporaries, this "second generation" of The Edinburgh School, were influenced by their mentors, such as Gillies, Redpath and Henderson Blyth.

Reid was a central figure in the new wave of artist's emerging onto the scene in the 1950's. In 1952, he went on on a painting trip to Fife with David McClure, Anne Redpath and her son David Michie. They stayed in Cupar, using a house that belonged to Redpath's friends, and the four artists painted and drew in the fishing villages along the East Neuk.

His trip accompanying David McClure on his travels to France, Spain and Italy in '52/'53 is well documented.

Reid went on to become a member of the teaching staff at Edinburgh College of Art, retiring in 1990.

He exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy 24 times between 1954-1979. One can presume that this piece is the example exhibited in 1960, entitled "Flowers". He was listed as living at 25 India Street, Edinburgh, at the time.

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