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Chancellor’s Building Picture Collection

TitleChancellor’s Building Picture Collection
DescriptionThis collection was formed in 2003 by the Art Committee of the Faculty of Medicine to decorate the public and private rooms of the recently opened Chancellor’s Building, the University’s new Medical School. It comprises some sixty four works which are generally signed, limited edition prints by contemporary Scottish artists, most of whom have lived or studied in Edinburgh. Featured artists include Alan Davie, whose work “To a Celtic Spirit” (on loan from The Morton Trust) is full of symbolic patterns and shapes in bright colours. He was born in Grangemouth, Stirlingshire in 1920, the son of a painter and printmaker. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art, 1937-40. His strongly ornamental style shows his preoccupations with oriental mysticism, including Zen Buddhism, Indian mythology and magic. All these have combined to make him one of the most potent image-makers in post-war British art. Works by other artists include delicate flower prints by Elizabeth Blackadder who studied at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art from 1949 to 1954, woodblock prints by Edinburgh based artist, Paul Furneaux, some seven prints by Royal Academy member Barbara Rae and an abstract sequence by John McLean who in 1985, held the post of Artist in Residence at the University of Edinburgh. Other artists represented in this collection include John Houston, David Michie, Victoria Crowe, John Bellany, Mary Newcomb, Gwen Hardie, Jennifer McRae, Elspeth Lamb and William Gear. A few works by English or international artists, such as Charlotte Cornish, Graham Dean, Michael Rothenstein, Roberto Gonzalez Fernandez and Hisashi Momose also feature in the collection.
CustodianUniversity of Edinburgh.
Custodial HistoryThis collection was formed in 2003 by the Art Committee of the Faculty of Medicine to decorate the public and private rooms of the recently opened Chancellor’s Building.
OriginEdinburgh; Europe; Scotland; Scotland; United Kingdom
IdentifierUNIVEDCLD004
Parent Collection The University of Edinburgh Art Collection