Alison McKenzie is probably better known for her fine prints - and this is a rarer gouache landscape painting by her - dating to the later part of her artistic career.
Their father was an acquaintance of Charles Rennie Macintosh - and he had planned to go into partnership with the celebrated architect, but had to move to run the family business in Bombay - where Alison and her sister Winifred were both born.
The family returned to Scotland in 1909.
In 1923, the girls attended Glasgow School of Art and studied there until 1930. Alison studied design and textiles, and her sister studied drawing and painting.
Both artists then moved to London where they studied the art of wood-engraving at the Grosvenor School of Art. In 1936, Alison received a commission from LNER for one of its railway posters.
In 1940, they moved back to Scotland and gave classes in wood-engraving in Dundee and St Andrews. In 1946 Alison started teaching at Dundee College of Art (a post she shared on a part-time basis with her sister.
They frequently exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, and in 1953 Alison became a member of the Royal Society of Watercolour Artists.
There is a fascinating biography of the McKenzie sisters which gives a fascinating account of their lives by Aylwin Clark, which was published in 1996.
This work is another more minimalistic, abstracted Scottish landscape by McKenzie which is available in my online store. Again, painted on buff coloured paper with opaque gouache paints and watercolours. It shows the dark golden sands of a Scottish shoreline in the foreground - with an estuary in the distance - and some silhouettes of mountain peaks on the horizon. Little white birds flit about and in the foreground, there are the tall wispy flowering seedheads of the White Rosebay Willowhead.
The artwork is signed in pencil, lower right, as photographed.
The frame is 52.5 x 68 cm; The image measures 33.5 x 49 cm.
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