This is a stunning little painting by the Scottish artist, Irene Halliday.
Irene Halliday was born in 1931 in Kingsmuir, Scotland.
She attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee between 1948 and 1953, studying under Alberto Morrocco. From 1956-1979 she worked at Didsbury College of Education becoming Head of Art and Design. She spent an academic year as a visiting professor at State University College, Buffalo, New York State from 1972 to 1973. She left full-time teaching at Manchester Polytechnic in 1979 but continued to teach summer schools in Alston, Hull, Lancashire and Harrogate.
Irene Halliday was elected to the Royal Society of Watercolourists in 1955.
She has exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts and elsewhere in England, Scotland and the United States.
In 2002, Halliday returned to live in Arbroath where she was inspired by the sea coast and land around her home.
This is a fabulous painting by her has been painted in thick water-based gouache paint on board. It is an abstracted view of the small fishing village of Johnshaven in Aberdeenshire.
The flax industry, sail-making and fishing have historically been an integral part of Johnshaven life and economy.
The view is a timeless one - and this distant view looking to the town, harbour and the North Sea has hardly changed over the centuries. It would have been a favourite local view for Scottish artists.
The composition shows a panoramic view of the little town with wheatfields rolling out in the foreground. In the mid-ground are the rooftops of the village and to the left - the darker tones of the harbour are shown - jutting out into the sea. I love that gorgeous turquoise colour of the sky.
The muted tones and pale colours that are painstakingly built-up using watercolour and thick opaque gouache paints are quite typical of her work. It is a simple but most beautiful painting
Image size: 17.5 x 44 cm. Frame size: 38 x 65 cm.
It is signed: Halliday, bottom left.
Her work regularly goes through prestigious Scottish auction houses such as Lyon and Turnbull and Bonhams. There is an old label on the back which gives Halliday's address in Manchester.
It is beautifully presented with a cream colour mount - and a fine decorative silver-toned wooden frame. It is ready for you to just hang straight on your wall.
Would be posted to UK addresses only. I will be sent with Parcelforce 48. Carefully packed and insured in transit to you.