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Yellow Birds in the Tree
© The Artist’s Estate

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Yellow Birds in the Tree About 1960

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Scottie Wilson remained a prolific artist in the later years of his life, with his style becoming more symmetrical than his organic early work. However he continued to use many of the same motifs. Wilson’s childhood spent in Glasgow remained a great influence on him throughout his life. As the son of a taxidermist’s assistant, some critics have suggested that the frozen quality of the fish and birds in his paintings may have been influenced by seeing stuffed animals as a child. Moreover, fish, birds and trees are common motifs in his work and these three symbols feature on the crest of the City of Glasgow.

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  • Acc. No. GMA 4756
  • Medium Felt-tip pen and gouache on paper
  • Size 61.80 x 52.80 cm
  • Credit Presented by The Anthony Petullo Collection of Self-Taught and Outsider Art 2004