SJ Peploe is one of the group of four artists known as the Scottish Colourists. Born in Edinburgh, he studied art in Paris and lived there from 1910 to 1912. It was through painting holidays in Northern France that he was introduced to the use of bold colour, inspired by the bright sunlight. He later experienced the same intensity of light while painting on the island of Iona, off the west coast of Scotland. French painting proved to be a powerful influence for Peploe throughout his life, with Post-Impressionism and Fauvism of particular importance. His paintings are characterised by tight composition, strong colour and painterly brushwork.
Here we explore Peploe and his career, including how France influenced his work alongisde a video that delves into archival material on the famous Scottish Colourist.