|ARTIST:||George Houston RSA, RSW, RI.|
|DATES:||Scottish 1869 - 1947|
|TITLE:||Winter in the Highlands|
|MEDIUM:||Oil on canvas|
|SIZE:||70 x 90 cm|
George HOUSTON, RSA, RSW, RI
Scottish 1869 Ė 1947
Born in Ayrshire, Dalry in Scotland, George Houston expressed a talent and passion for painting as a child. Houston received his fine art training at the Glasgow School of Art before returning and settling in Dalry. He continued to maintain a studio in Glasgow throughout his life and spent time painting in the Inner Hebrides and around Loch Fyne.
In 1909 Houston became an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy and in 1925 he became an Academician. Perfecting the technique of both oil and watercolour, Houston consistently focused on the landscapes of Argyll, Argyllshire, Loch Awe and Loch Fyne. Houstonís paintings are generally completed in an impressionistic style, featuring a series of short flurried brush strokes that impart his painted scenes with a liveliness and sense of immediacy.
The present oil painting captures the solitude and chill of a winterís day with bare, brown trees, snowy slopes and huddled sheep. The visible brushstrokes enliven the highland scene, providing it depth and vitality.
George Houston exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, the Fine Art Society and the Royal Glasgow Institute. His work is currently held in numerous private and public collections including the Future Museum in South West Scotland.
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