John Houston OBE RSA 1930-2008


John Houston was a land- and sea-scape painter, married to the artist Elizabeth Blackadder. He was born in Fife and raised on the east coast of Scotland. Houston studied at Edinburgh College of Art and, after travels in Italy, returned to teach there until his retirement in 1989. Houston's work is executed in an atmospheric, expressionistic style, in rich, strong colours.


In 1969 Houston had been made artist in residence at the Prairie School, Wisconsin. The vast landscapes of that state – combined with an inspirational exhibition of modern American painting which he viewed in New York – proved highly influential. The impact of the expansive American scenery is particularly evident in the compositions of his so-called “sky pictures”, made in the years immediately following his return to Scotland.



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