9th May, 2024 10:00

The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction

Lot 49


watercolour on paper, signed
mounted, framed and under glass

image size 50cm x 69cm, overall size 72cm x 90cm

Note: Painter and teacher, born in Buckhaven, Fife, married to the artist Elizabeth Blackadder. Houston studied at Edinburgh College of Art, 1948–54, his final year being spent in Italy on a travelling scholarship. He returned to Edinburgh to teach at the College. In 1957 Houston helped start the 57 Gallery in Edinburgh, having his first solo show there in 1958. Other one-man shows were held at Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, and Mercury Gallery for many years. A keen traveller, Houston exhibited widely abroad. He was a member of SSA and RSW and was elected RSA in 1972. Houston tended towards Expressionism in his landscapes, Munch being a key influence, employing bold colours. Sixty-five examples of his paintings are held in UK public collections including at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, The Hunterian, The Fleming Collection, The City Art Centre (Edinburgh) & Glasgow Museums & Galleries.


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