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Ian Kinnear

Artist Biography

Artist Statement - Painting has been a constant and developing passion in which I am increasingly absorbed. Inspiration still comes from trips to the islands around Scotland, as well as further afield in Italy and Australia and closer to home in the more gentle rural landscape of the fields and hills around my studio here in Angus. Landscape continues to be the stimulus for much of my painting. Over time the work has become more abstract and I work freely with the paint to express the mood and atmosphere of time and place. Working on a subject,I may produce a series of paintings, refining each attempt as in the drafting of a poem.

 The work I have selected for this exhibition concentrates largely on images inspired by elements encountered in the immediate surroundings of my studio and garden; images observed constantly and absorbed, distilled to be later painted in the studio.

‘Spring Planting’ for example was painted quickly and directly as a simple statement of the beauty , symmetry and graphic quality of a newly planted leek bed.

In contrast the two paintings, ‘ The Flood’ and ‘Into the Calm’ have their inspiration in ’The Great Flood’ from Edwin Morgan’s sequence of poems,‘Planet Wave’. Here I try to use the paint freely to express the threatening storm and the calm of the aftermath; the narrative moving across the painting from left to right ‘into the calm’.


1961 -65     Duncan of Jordanstone College of
Art  Dundee D.A. Drawing and

1965        Awarded David Murray Studentship.
Royal Academy Schools London

1965 -66     Dundee College of Education 

1966 -88   A period of Art teaching in Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands during which a parallel developing interest in ceramics led to the establishment of my studio at Insh near Kingussie.

 In 1988 I gave up teaching and established my present studio at Oathlaw, initially mainly working in ceramics. Over the
years painting has increasingly absorbed me and I have now given up ceramics to
concentrate full time on painting.                


Selected Exhibitions 


2017   ‘On a Small Scale, Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh

2017   RSW  6th Annual Summer Exhibition Lillie Gallery Milnagavie

2017   Larks Gallery Ballater Aberdeenshire

2017   RSW  Annual Winter Exhibition Edinburgh

2016   ‘On a Small Scale’ Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh

2016   RSW 5th Annual Summer Open Exhibition Meffan Gallery Forfar

2016   Spring Exhibition Tolquhon Gallery Ellon

2015   ‘On a Small Scale’ Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh

2015   RSW  Annual Winter Exhibition Edinburgh

2015   Open Eye gallery Edinburgh. Mixed Exhibition

2015   RSW  Annual Winter Exhibition Edinburgh

2015   Open Eye gallery Edinburgh. Mixed Exhibition

2015   RSW  Annual Exhibition Edinburgh

2014   RSW 3rd Annual Summer Exhibition

2014   VAS Members Exhibition Peebles

2013   RSW  Annual Exhibition Edinburgh

2013   VAS Annual Exhibition

2005   VAS Annual exhibition



2015   “Commended”  Annual Winter Exhibition Meffan Gallery Forfar

2009    Second Prize    Annual Exhibition Meffan Gallery Forfar

1998    £500 Purchase Prize Annual Exhibition Forfar

1965    David Murray Studentship Royal Academy Schools London



Aberdeen Art Gallery   (ceramics)

Angus Council Collection   (painting)

Duncan of Jordanstone College Collection   (painting)



Royal Tay Yacht Club    Veitchi Group Trophy

Bank of Scotland          Two Arts in Business Scotland Awards