Alex, a Scottish landscape artist, is a graduate of Glasgow School
of Art in 1967 and works and paints from his home in Port Appin, Argyll.
Born 1941 Loanhead, Midlothian, Scotland, Alex was educated at
Greenock High School. He first started training at the Glasgow School of
Architecture in 1960, before moving to the Glasgow School of Art in
1963, where he spent the first two years in the experimental Section 5
with Ted Odling and later in the department of Printed Textiles under
tutor Robert Stewart.
After leaving art school, Alex had a career as a Scenic Designer with
BBC Television, working on a wide range of major TV productions both in
the UK and abroad. He became Senior Television Designer in 1989 and
Head of Design at BBC Scotland in 1993.
A member of the Chartered Society of Designers, Alex was a Scottish
committee member culminating in the design of the Design Renaissance
International Conference in 1993 in Glasgow.
Since moving to the west coast of Scotland in 1996, as well as
painting, Alex has undertaken architectural design commissions including
a green oak framed extension to a house in Glen Creran, a new house in
Strath of Appin, a summer house extension in Lismore and extensive
alterations to his own home in Port Appin to create a new studio.
He now mainly spends his time drawing and painting, regularly
exhibiting throughout Scotland, taking inspiration from the landscape of
the West Highlands, most recently in the Outer Hebrides.
“I enjoy living on the edge – the coast and the shore – a
place of arrivals and departures – the attraction of opposites. The
age-old qualities of nature in the rocks, trees, the skies and water
consistently recur as themes in my paintings. My work is heading towards
a tension between realism and abstraction: technical control versus the
effects of chance. I try to avoid mannerisms and treat new subjects
with a fresh outlook – a change of direction. Each new location provides
a visual renewal and a new challenge to grapple with.”
Alex Gourlay, Artist Statement
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