Artist biography

Scottie WILSON b. 1889

Robert Wilson (known as Scottie Wilson), self-taught painter of imaginative subjects. Born 6 June 1889 in Glasgow. Ran away from home at the age of sixteen and volunteered for the army; was sent to India and South Africa. Returned to Scotland; then left for Canada about 1930–1 and opened a second-hand furniture shop in Toronto, which was unsuccessful. Soon afterwards began to draw; his work was taken up by Douglas Duncan of the Picture Loan Society, Toronto, where he held his first exhibition 1943. Returned to England 1945 and had his first London one-man exhibition at the Arcade Gallery the same year; represented in the Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme, Galerie Maeght, Paris, 1947; has had other exhibitions in Switzerland and New York. His designs have also been used for tapestries by the Aubusson factory in France and by the Edinburgh Weavers' Association, and he has painted on pottery.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II