Scottie Wilson

A Whispering Paradise (or 'Earth and Heaven')

About this artwork

The symmetrical composition of this large work is particularly characteristic of Wilson’s later style, as is the dramatic use of colour on a black background. From the early 1940s the artist began to experiment with a ‘landscape’ style, which is not landscape in the true sense, but the picture plane is divided into horizontal bands. Totem poles are a favourite motif of Wilson, influenced by his time spent living and travelling in Canada. The central construction may be a castle or more likely a fountain. Fountains occur frequently in Wilson’s work, a reminder of his childhood spent in the public parks of Glasgow.

  • title:
    A Whispering Paradise (or 'Earth and Heaven')
  • accession number:
    GMA 1997
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  • materials:
    Crayon and pen and ink on black paper
  • date created:
    1951
  • measurements:
    90.20 x 154.40 cm (framed: 109.50 x 177.10 x 4.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Presented by Mr and Mrs Robert Lewin 1978

Scottie Wilson

Scottie Wilson