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'Scarcely Had He Maggie Rallied'
© the artist's estate / Bridgeman Images. Photo credit: South Ayrshire Council

'Scarcely Had He Maggie Rallied' 1996

Alexander Goudie (1933–2004)

South Ayrshire Council

Painter, notably of portraits, born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, father of the artist Lachlan Goudie. He studied at Glasgow School of Art, 1950–5, under William Armour, Benno Schotz and David Donaldson. He was awarded the Somerville Shanks Prize for Composition, Newbery Medal, postgraduate scholarship, Keith Award (RSA), and in 1953 a travelling scholarship enabled him to visit Paris. From the late 1950s Goudie, who married a French wife, frequently visited France, including annual painting trips to Loctudy, Brittany. His first major exhibition of Breton pictures was at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, in 1966. There was a retrospective at The Fine Art Society, Glasgow, 1983, and a solo show at Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow, 1992. In 1987–9 Goudie carried out décor for the Brittany Ferries flagship Bretagne.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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