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21 Sept 2018

Celebrating a top contemporary artist

Written by Jacky Brookes
Hamish MacDonald’s painting of Glencoe, set in the newly designated National Nature Reserve
Hamish MacDonald’s painting of Glencoe, set in the newly designated National Nature Reserve
Hamish MacDonald (1935–2008) was born in Glasgow and is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s most successful contemporary artists.

Several of Hamish’s works feature Glencoe and the spectacular surrounding scenery, and visitors to Glencoe Visitor Centre will have the chance to view many of his prints.

Hamish’s youngest daughter, Nicola, has brought the exhibition of Hamish MacDonald Prints to Glencoe, where it will run until Saturday 13 October.

Nicola says: ‘We are celebrating a decade of Hamish MacDonald fine art prints at Glencoe Visitor Centre and sharing my father’s work with the many visitors who are calling in. My father loved this area and it is so special to be able to showcase many of his prints here at Glencoe.’

Nicola continues: ‘Much of his work was inspired by the Scottish Colourist movement, but my father preserved an individuality which marks him out as both a vibrant and important artist. Throughout his career he succeeded in capturing dramatic scenes with his own passionately innovative palette – and Glencoe is just one of these dramatic scenes. His works can be found in major collections throughout the world.’

Nicola alongside one of her father’s limited edition prints
Nicola alongside one of her father’s limited edition prints

Hamish MacDonald DA PAI studied at Glasgow School of Art between 1963 and 1967. His broad, fluid style and bold palette place him directly within the continuing lineage of the Scottish Colourist tradition, whilst his ability to capture the atmosphere and vitality of his subject was enhanced by a confident and mature style. Since 1964 Hamish staged numerous exhibitions in Scotland and Cornwall. He also participated in group shows with prominent galleries in London and throughout the UK. From 1968 he successfully combined painting with teaching, and guest lectured throughout Scotland, retiring from his post as an Art Department Principal in 1991 to concentrate fully on the development of his paintings.

In 2008 Nicola took over Hamish MacDonald Fine Art Prints, which include Giclée and lithographic prints in various sizes, as well as signed and estate-stamped limited editions. More recently Nicola has designed luxury silk scarves based on her father’s art; these are also printed and finished in Glasgow. All Hamish MacDonald prints are produced in Scotland using either a Giclée printing technique or an offset lithographic process.

Nicola adds: ‘I am so delighted to be able to share my father’s love for Scotland and love for the dramatic scenery around Glencoe with the many visitors to this very special National Trust for Scotland site – now a National Nature Reserve. The various works of my father are represented at the exhibition as cards and his limited edition prints are enthusiastically collected.’

A printed catalogue and list of all current Hamish MacDonald prints is also available from

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