James Cowie A Portrait Group 1933 / about 1940 © Ruth Christie, the artist's daughter


Born 1886
Died 1956
Nationality Scottish
Birth place Cuminestown
Death place Edinburgh

Born in Aberdeenshire, Cowie studied at Glasgow School of Art. He taught at Bellshill Academy, near Glasgow and later became Warden at Hospitalfield House, an art school near Arbroath. His style of painting was precise and linear. Cowie was an admirer of Poussin and the pre-raphaelite painters and believed in the classical values of self-restraint and objectivity. He had a meticulous way of working and believed that art was a product of thought and reason.


Figurative Art in Scotland and England 1918-1945
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
True to Life | British Realist Painting in the 1920s and 1930s
  • Ended Sun 29 Oct 2017
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art