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Blue Bathed Berth

© the artist's estate. Image credit: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

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Hamish MacDonald (1935–2008) was born in St Vincent Street, Glasgow, just a stone’s throw from the College. He studied at Glasgow School of Art, where his artistic output consisted of Pop-art style collages. Taking influence from the Scottish Colourists, and fellow colourist inheritor, Joan Eardley, his style would eventually evolve into the lively and expressive style, for which he is known. ‘Blue Bathed Berth’ is an excellent example of his work. Here we see his fondness for rich, vivid colours, in particular the titular blue – a dominant colour in many of his works. As well as paint, there are elements of collage and use of crayon providing yet more, strong colour as well as suggesting textural differences. This bright and exciting image secured MacDonald the College prize at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts Exhibition in1993.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Title

Blue Bathed Berth

Date

1993

Medium

acrylic or oil on board

Measurements

H 38 x W 53 cm

Accession number

0070

Acquisition method

purchased

Work type

Painting

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Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

232–242 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5RJ Scotland

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