James McIntosh Patrick

(1907 - 1998)

James McIntosh Patrick was one of the foremost Scottish landscape painters of the twentieth century. His rise to prominence during the 1930s came about following his turning from etching, to painting in oils and watercolours about 1930.

He was born on the 4th February 1907 in Dundee, his father an architect, being highly influential in terms of McIntosh Patrick’s draughtsmanship. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art under Maurice Grieffenhagen (1862-1931) and subsequently in Paris, returning to Dundee in 1928. He had by this date already established a reputation as an etcher of considerable note, exhibiting a series of etchings of landscapes in Provence executed in 1926, and making his debut at the Royal Scottish Academy the same year. By 1930 the demand for etchings, which had been considerable in the first quarter of the century, had fallen away and McIntosh Patrick turned to painting, in both oils and watercolour. His rise to prominence as the outstanding landscape painter of his generation was set against a background of considerable strength in the field of Scottish painting. McIntosh Patrick took as his subject matter primarily the landscape of Angus and Perthshire, not the romantic rugged landscape of the highlands, but the cultivated landscape, farmland pastures and river valleys, from 1940 painting ‘en plein air’. He also travelled to Italy and painted in the South West of England.

He exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy from 1926, and at the Royal Academy from 1928, he was elected ARSA in 1949, ROI the same year and RSA in 1957, having received the Guthrie award in 1935. He was also a teacher at the Dundee College of Art.

His works can be found in museums in: Aberdeen; Adelaide; Dundee, McManus Galleries and Museum; Edinburgh; Glasgow; Manchester; Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute; South Africa, National Gallery and Sydney.