Artist: [Sir] William G Gillies

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Residence in Dumfries & Galloway:

First visited Dumfries and Galloway 1921.  Later visits were often with John Maxwell.  Visited Kirkcudbright 1929, Dumfriesshire 1933, Durisdeer, 1934, Dalbeattie 1948, Dumfries, Dalbeattie, Newton Stewart 1953, Dalbeattie 1954.


Edinburgh College of Art; Paris

Professional Bodies:

ARSA 1940;RSA 1947; ARA; PRSW 1963

Exhibited At:

Royal Scottish Academy; Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts


Founder member of the 1922 Group John Maxwell.


The World of W G Gillies, Alistair Smart, Scottish Art Review, 1955, Volume 5.


New Acquisitions at Bourne Fine Art, December 1997 (contains No 18 Kippford, 1948, watercolour 20 by 25 in).


Philip Long, William Gillies Watercolours of Scotland, National Galleries of Scotland 1994.


W Gordon Smith, W G Gillies, A Very Still Life, Atelier Books 1991.


Joanna Soden and Victoria Keller, William Gillies, Edinburgh, 1998 .

The image of William Gillies is called The Calidon Show, Durisdeer.  The artist was celebrated for his output, particularly in relation to that of his friend John Maxwell.  The image is from the collection of the RSA which holds the copyright in the image.


Landscape and still life painter in oil and watercolour.  Came to Galloway with John Maxwell of Dalbeattie.  Taught at Edinburgh College of Art for 40 years.  Head of Painting 1946; Principal 1960.  A dominant influence in Scottish twentieth century art.


His father died in 1921 while he was on a sketching trip to the Solway.  He first came to Galloway with John Maxwell in 1929.  His Morning Light , Kirkcudbright Farm and Near Kirkcudbright date from this period.

His Low Tide,Kipford and Pool in the Hills, Dalbeattie date from 1949 and his Cliffs, Dalbeattie from 1953 and Beached Boats, Kipford from 1956.


Was awarded the  CBE in 1957, and Knighted in 1970.