George Macpherson
RSA

  • Born : 1935
  • Died : 2017
  • Associate Elected : 18/03/1987
  • Academician Elected : 25/05/2005

BIOGRAPHY

  • Born : 1935
  • Died : 2017
  • Associate Elected : 18/03/1987
  • Academician Elected : 25/05/2005

George Macpherson RSA was educated at Golspie High School before attending Edinburgh College School where he graduated in 1958. Following a post-graduate year of study in 1958-59, George travelled to Spain for the Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship in 1959.

In 1960, he returned to Edinburgh to take up the position of Lecturer in Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art, where he held this position until retirement in 1990. Latterly he lived and worked in East Lothian.

Macpherson’s painting take inspiration from his childhood in the Highlands, living close by the River Shin. He also influenced by his continued involvement with nature and also his love of music. Macpherson is a piper of great repute and his abstract work sought to give a visual representation of the interplay between his understanding of piping, Gaelic song and the traditional dance tunes of Scotland.

He is also greatly influenced by the American Abstract Expressionists with a particular affinity to the work of Arshile Gorky whose oeuvre included a similar abstraction based upon natural forms. He quoted Gorky’s noting of the importance tradition plays to an artist in solving new problems.

He was elected to the Society of Scottish Artists in 1966 and as Associate to the Royal Scottish Academy in 1987, being made a full Academician in 2005.

George Macpherson RSA: For me painting is a matter of hand and touch, hand and vision, hand and shape, hand and impact.