James Fairgrieve RSA is one of Scotland’s leading realist painters. Working predominantly in acrylic, his still-life paintings often portray found objects collected from the beach or riverside, coupled with home-grown fruit and vegetables. His acute observation and use of formal presentation aim to convey poise, peace and calm in the viewer.


Fairgrieve was born in Prestonpans, East Lothian in 1944. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art (1962-68) and went on to teach there until his early retirement in 1998. He was a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour, and is a former President of the Society of Scottish Artists.