Spence, James RGI

Elected to RSW 1989

Artists Statement

I have painted many subjects and tried many styles. I first saw the Western Isles when camping at Morar in 1958 with Ian McCulloch and Ewan McAslan. Despite years painting in Spain and Portugal, etchings and lithographs of the bullfight, woodcuts of boxers, oils of sports and landscapes from the air, I have returned again and again to the memory of those sunset images from Morar. Living near Ben Lomond the dawns and sunsets provide me with an ever changing drama of light and mood. Now using my favourite medium, watercolour, I try to capture the wonder of those early days in Morar.


Born 1929 in Glasgow, studied under Donaldson, Schotz and Squires, and at Hospitalfield under MaclauchlanMilne. Co founder of the Glasgow Group with wife Anda Paterson. Spends winters painting in Spain and Portugal. Elected RGI 1995


Royal Physicians and Surgeons (RGI)
Scottish Amicable (RGI)
National Bockingford
William Bowie (PAI)
John Gray (RSW)

Selected Exhibitions

Annually with the Glasgow Group since 1958
Scottish Colourists, Glasgow Art Gallery - 1967
Annually RGI since 1955
The Big Fight, Venessa Devreaux Gallery - 1988
Recent one man shows
The Hill House - 2006
Di Rollo Gallery - 2007

Public Collections

Her Majesty The Queen
Glasgow Art Galleries
Dundee Art Galleries
The Scottish Arts Council
Glasgow University
The Royal Bank of Scotland
Fundacion Azate, Bilbao
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Lanark Education Authority
McCabe Boxing Collection, New York

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