The visual art in Scotland has great contribution in the tradition of European art. Though it has always maintained a distinctive form in the world of art, but due to the political merging with England, it has partial similarity with British art.
Starting from the prehistoric times of the Neolithic period, the country cites the examples of Scottish art through highly decorative and carved stone balls. Even if you concentrate on the Bronze Age and Iron Age, you can follow the changing patterns on art works and gold work.
Then like other European countries, the art of Scotland had greatly flourished during the Renaissance where the art examples were cited from painting and stone carving from the fifteenth century. During the time of Reformation, the limitation on the level of public display of art inspired the emergence of secular domestic art forms, especially elaborate painting on walls and roofs.
But Scottish art was greatly prospered in the seventeenth century as during this time Scotland produced the first significant native artists such as George Jamesone and John Michael Wright.
Now Scotland is enriched so much with its various forms of arts that regular exhibitions for solo shows and group works are constantly being held in its more than 60 galleries, special locations and museums throughout the country with the highlight on the past art works. Actually, Scotland has been always patronizing the fine traditional of residential and homegrown art and that’s why it proudly produces dozen or so art winners and a good number of shortlisted artists for the Turner Prize and the Glasgow School of Art, considered as one of the best art destinations in the world. Now Glasgow and Edinburgh simultaneously represent Scottish art in the international art scenario.
When it is about the contemporary Scottish artworks, the first names that come into our minds are Jack Vettriano, Peter Howson Douglas Gordon, Simon Starling, Richard Wright, Susan Philipsz, Martin Boyce and Duncan Campbell. These are only the top of iceberg when almost all of them have won the Turner Prize.
Now moving towards the remarkable art spaces in Scotland where a great number of studios and art galleries throughout the country serve as the breeding grounds for the established as well as upcoming Scottish artistic talents.
Trongate 103, Glasgow’s Third Eye Centre and Edinburgh Palette are such great names that have emerged as innovative galleries and art studio spaces for the most promising Scottish artists. Presently housing more than 800 artists and 23 art organisations in its 17 buildings Wasps Studios is another such renowned art space that provides a strong platform for the Scottish art.
And to see more in Scottish art galleries in a more picturesque part of the country like the Bonnie banks of Lochlomond you can visit the Inverbeg Galleries based not to far from the city of Glasgow
Today Scotland is proudly representing the naturalistic painting from previous generations and artworks on installation and performance from the younger generation. For the last 20 years, the characteristics of Scottish art focus on artificial construct with the amalgamation of wit, colour of artwork and populism.
Above all, by keeping the glance on the overall Scottish art anybody has to admit that Scotland has not suffered any kind of identity crisis or introverted nationalism, because it proudly makes its own position in the international art platform.