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Hangingshaws (3 Brown Horses in Landscape)

by

William Gillies

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Hangingshaws (3 Brown Horses in Landscape) by William Gillies
Watercolour on Paper
1965
79 x 91 cm

Reg. Number: NHSL00720

In the NHS Lothian collection.


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In this 1965 watercolour of Hangingshaws Farm the artist has used a narrow range of muted colours and soft, rolling shapes to depict the landscape. In its understated, quiet way it captures perfectly the gentle nature of the Scottish Borders. William Gillies was happiest working in front of a landscape on his watercolour block, capturing the beauty that not all others could initially see. “I would plead that… in landscape I have perhaps opened many people’s eyes to some unexpected, some subtle beauties in our daily surroundings. This has been I hope a by-product of my own enjoyment of what I perceive and my great delight in the very act of handling the paint.” Here, the landscape appears more prominent than the horses within, which almost blend in completely amongst the loose, big-brushed strokes.

Gillies enjoyed travelling around the countryside on his motorbike or his trusty car, stopping to view and record scenes or even pitching a tent. He had an emotional attachment with the landscapes and was able to paint quickly, often completing several a day. Gillies found that watercolour was the perfect medium to produce quick and atmospheric paintings. Temple, which was his home from 1939 until his death, provided much subject matter and inspiration for him. His limited colour palette echoed the subtle tones which emerged from the streets and gardens of the town. Gillies executed his watercolours alla prima - wet on wet - to build up layers of paint, creating a chalk like effect.

From an early age, Gillies painted the streets and closes of Haddington, under the supervision of his art-teacher uncle William Ryle Smith. He was further encouraged to paint by R.A Dakers, an amateur artist himself, who taught Gillies the techniques involved in oil painting - the use of brush, knife and thumb which would later reflect in his own unique style. In 1920, soon after, he had his first exhibition in the shop window of a watchmaker on the High Street.
In 1923, Gillies travelled to Paris to study at the Andre Lhote Academy. It was here he discovered the works of Munch, Matisse, Braque and Bonnard - perhaps where he first discovered his passion for expressionism, landscapes and still life.

William Gillies (1898-1973) was born in Haddington. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art (1919-1922) and after graduating taught there for over forty years. He was Principal of the College from 1959 until his retirement in 1966. His work concentrated on landscapes and still lifes, painted in a traditional and understated manner. Both in his prolific output over the course of his career and in his forty years' teaching his influence on twentieth-century Scottish painting was profound. He died in 1973 in his cottage in Temple, at the age of 75.
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We believe creativity, arts and design should be woven into all our work as there is good evidence that these have a positive effect on wellbeing and health.

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