Charting the career of the Leith-born artist JD Fergusson, who emerged as part of the Colourist group of painters in the 20th century.
While Fergusson lived and worked all over the world, he strongly believed his Highland roots were at the core of his creativity. Self-taught, his early heroes were from the Glasgow Boys – a group of mainly Scottish artists who rebelled against the accepted style of Victorian painting.
Fergusson made trips to Spain and Morocco in 1899 and 1900 before making the full-time move to Paris in 1907 – he described his decision as 'the natural thing for the Scot'. Here he quickly became assimilated with the new techniques in French painting being pioneered by Matisse and Derain which had a direct influence on his artistic style.
The outbreak of the war sent Fergusson to London, after which he returned to Paris before finally settling in Glasgow. Wishing to reconnect with his Scottish heritage he set up and became President of the New Scottish Group, where he used his experiences from his travels abroad to influence a younger generation of painters.
This exhibition brings together Fergusson's work with that of the Scottish artists he inspired and was inspired by.