Alexander Goudie’s Flamboyant Career at The Scottish Gallery Edinburgh

Alexander Goudie, 'Self Portrait with Red Scarf', oil on canvas
Alexander Goudie, 'Self Portrait with Red Scarf', oil on canvas

An Artist’s Life, Act I

Tue - Fri 11:00 - 16:00, Sat 11:00 - 14:00 by appointment

From: 1 Jul 2021

To: 24 Jul 2021

The Scottish Gallery
16 Dundas Street
Edinburgh & the Lothians

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The Scottish Gallery is mounting a major retrospective of painter Alexander Goudie (1933 – 2004). Goudie was one of a group of contemporaries who graduated from Glasgow School of Art in the 1950’s and put extraordinary talent and energy into a variety of major projects, which resulted in Scotland’s art being steered in new directions. Goudie was known for a flamboyant and confrontational personality, and in An Artist’s Life, Act I the focus is on his early life in post-war 1940s Paisley, his student years at Glasgow School of Art the following decade, and his early career, during which he began a personal life-long project, documenting the evolving landscape and culture of his wife’s native Brittany. In a highly-productive career which showcased his exceptional gifts and personal dedication, he earned commissions and patronage from diverse sources, from aristocratic portraits to a commission for a Brittany Ferry, adding up to extraordinary and wide-ranging body of work. A beautifully-illustrated publication accompanies the exhibition, including vintage images of the artist and his family. A programme of events includes an appearance by Goudie’s son, the artist, author and broadcaster, Lachlan, who will offer an insight into life with his father.

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