Sun, 24th Oct 2021 13:00

The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction

Lot 519


Sold for £1,300


gouache on paper, signed, titled label verso
image size 60cm x 70cm, overall size 86cm x 94cm
Mounted, framed and under glass.
Exhibition label verso: Aitken Dott & Son (now The Scottish Gallery) Edinburgh, Festival Exhibition 1968.
Note: Born in Newton Mearns, William Burns trained at Glasgow School of Art in the late 1940s and thereafter at Hospitalfield, near Arbroath. One of a number of artists from the west who settled in the north-east of Scotland, he joined the art department of Aberdeen College of Education. Burns' career was cut short at the age of 51 when his light aircraft crashed in dense fog. Using his environment as a starting point, Burns increasingly explored abstraction and colour as means of expression. Early landscapes gave way to harbours and late in his career, Burns explored the mines along the east coast of Scotland with the benefit of a pilot's bird's-eye view.

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