9th May, 2024 10:00

The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction

  Lot 1


oil on board, signed

image size 31cm x 61cm, overall size 36cm x 66cm

Note: Originally from Fife, Jimmy went to Edinburgh College of Art, then returned to Fife in 1960 where he became a Principal Teacher of Art in Glenrothes High School. He held various posts on secondment as National Development Officer for Art and Design, was Principal Examiner with the Scottish Examination Board, and was involved in the introduction and implementation of Standard Grade Art & Design in schools. James retired from this work many years ago and began painting and exhibiting on a full-time basis. Slightly abstracted in style, and although always starting from drawings of specific places, they are taken well beyond the picturesque. The finished paintings show a concentration on atmosphere, mood, and response to things seen rather than mere representation of actual places. James Somerville's paintings are held in the collections of: The Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh Hospitals Collection, Pitlochry Festival (Harry Cruden) Collection, Fife Regional Council, and numerous private collections at home and abroad. James Somerville's paintings rarely appear at auction but in The Scottish Contemporary Art Auction of 23rd January 2022 lot 136 "Village from the Shore" a 61.5 x 74.5cm oil (by Somerville) sold for £750 (hammer).


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Sold for £280
Estimated at £200 - £400

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Condition is good overall.

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