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Painter whose work showed a strong Fauve influence, born in Hawick, Roxburghshire, where his father, also a painter, published the local newspaper. After Edinburgh College of Art, 1926–30, where his teachers included William Gillies and D M Sutherland, in 1933 McNairn studied with Othon Friesz at Académie Scandinave, Paris. After World War II McNairn settled in Selkirk, and showed in Scotland. Robert Fleming Holdings has his work.

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

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