George Houston – Nature’s Limner
George Houston’s beautiful and tranquil paintings of the lowlands and west of Scotland were, according to the Royal Scottish Academy’s eulogy, “amongst the finest landscapes produced in Scotland”.
Contemporary with the Glasgow Boys he developed his own distinctive style which was “… direct and simple and was interpreted with a technique baffling in its apparent ease.” Houston had a life-long passion for fishing which influenced his choice of painting grounds – Ayrshire, Argyll and Iona were his favourites with occasional forays elsewhere in Scotland. Always accessible, his paintings were the subject of considerable critical acclaim during his lifetime and were much sought after by collectors. However after years of critical neglect, George Houston – Nature’s Limner, the first monograph to be published on the artist sets him in his rightful place in the history of Scottish landscape painting.