Kirland Main RSA's abstract paintings explore man’s engagement with the landscape and how it is shaped through industry, cultivation and design. Working in a semi-abstract style, he utlised bold colour and thick application of paint on the canvas.


Born in Edinburgh in 1942, Kirkland Main RSA trained at Edinburgh College of Art from 1960-1965. He went on to lecture in Drawing and Painting at the College from 1969-1999, later becoming Head of the School and Vice Principle. In 1998 he was also made a made Professor at Heriot Watt University.

After his retirement he continued to paint full-time from his studio in Cramond, Edinburgh.