Souter Johnnies Gallery, Kirkoswald: Sean McGlashan, Sean at Souter’s

Souter Johnnies Gallery, Kirkoswald: Sean McGlashan, Sean at Souter's

Souter Johnnies Gallery is in Kirkoswald in South Ayrshire, a one hour drive southwest of Glasgow. Very near to Culzean Castle and Turnbberry Hotel. It was one of the earliest properties acquired by the National Trust for Scotland.

John Davidson lived in this historic ‘but and ben’ cottage in the 1700’s. A rare example of this classic vernacular Scottish architecture. This thatch roofed cottage belonged to John Davidson made famous as ‘Souter Johnnie’ (shoemaker Johnnie) in Robert Burns classic poem Tam o’ Shanter.

Sean McGlashan is showing almost 40 of his paintings there in June.

Sean is originally from Pennsylvania but has been living in South Ayrshire for over 25 years. After teaching art for 15 years (including at Glasgow School of Art) Sean became curator of contemporary art at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow Museums where he acquired work for the collection by David Shrigley and Douglas Gordon. His important shows included Sanctuary (2003) and sh[OUT] (2009). Before retiring he was curator at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway and helped convert Souter Johnnies Cottage into a gallery.

With a masters degree in painting (acquired in Dallas, Texas in the 1980’s) Sean has always made paintings throughout his career teaching and curating. This is a rare chance to see some of his work – still life, landscape, figurative and abstract – all in his quirky and colourful style.


"Held" 1987 oil on canvas by Sean McGlashan
“Held” 1987 oil on canvas by Sean McGlashan


Souter Johnnie’s Gallery
Main Road
KA19 8HY Kirkoswald

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