Glen Scouller RSW RGI: Back with Black
Glen Scouller RSW RGI is well known for creating intuitive and expressive Scottish and Mediterranean landscapes and vibrant still lifes. Radiant colour, light and compositional skill are inherent qualities in his visual communication.
This exhibition is of particular importance as it marks Scouller’s 50th solo show since leaving Glasgow School of Art in 1973. For various reasons it is also a small landmark for the artist, as more than three decades ago he made the conscious decision to remove black from his palette. Painting in warm exotic locations this seemed an obvious choice. However, turning his attention to subject matter closer to home, he has decided to reintroduce black into the mix. To his delight this has opened up a whole panoply of new sonorous colours and moods. Painting his family and immediate surroundings near his home in Ayrshire, this painterly journey is full of promise for Scouller.
Scouller was born in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1968 to 1973. In 1972 he won the Royal Scottish Academy Painting Award and in 1973, the Post Graduate Study Award, the WO Hutcheson Prize for Drawing and Travelling Scholarship to Greece. He was also awarded the Lauder Award, Glasgow Art Club and Scottish Amicable Award, Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts in 1987. Scouller has exhibited widely since 1977 with solo exhibitions in Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, East Lothian, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Truro, Johannesburg and Cape Town. He is also a regular exhibitor at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour. He was elected a member of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts in 1989, from which he received the David Cargill Award in 2006, and of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1997.
Scouller’s first book Colour and Line in Watercolour was published in 2016. His works are held in a number of public and private collections worldwide, including the Scottish Office in Edinburgh, De Beers and the First National Bank of South Africa. He lives and works in Ayrshire.