Sir William Gillies 1898-1973

Artist biography

W. G. GILLIES b. 1898

Scottish landscape and still-life painter in oils and watercolour. Born 21 September 1898 at Haddington, near the Firth of Forth. Served in France in the latter part of the 1914–18 war. Studied at the Edinburgh College of Art 1919–22; won Post-Graduate Scholarship, visited Italy and worked under Lhote in Paris. Influenced by Munch, Matisse and Bonnard. Head of the School of Drawing and Painting at the Edinburgh College of Art 1946, Principal 1960. Member of the Society of Scottish Artists, the 1922 Group and the Society of Eight 1932. A.R.S.A. 1940, R.S.A. 1947. First one-man exhibition, of watercolours, at the French Institute, Edinburgh, 1948, and has also exhibited at the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. Retrospective exhibition with John Maxwell, Arts Council tour and New Burlington Galleries 1954. C.B.E. 1957, A.R.A. 1964.

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