James McIntosh Patrick is regarded as one of the greatest Scottish painters of the 20th Century.
He was born in Dundee in February 1907, and has enjoyed a long and distinguished career. His father and brother were both architects and it was thus no real surprise when he enrolled in the Glasgow School of Art in 1924.
By 1927 he was selling etchings in London, and he exhibited for the first time at the Royal Academy whilst still studying. He left the Glasgow School of Art in 1928 and had won many prizes for portraiture and landscapes, and the prestigious James McBey Prize for Etching. The success of his paintings during the 1930s established his reputation, with many acquisitions made by public galleries and institutions. Since then his work has been displayed regularly at major exhibitions.
In 1940, James McIntosh Patrick was called up into service with the Camouflage Corps, with whom he spent the war. Upon his return to civilian life, he concentrated on exhibiting in Scotland, especially at the Royal Scottish Academy, and in 1957 became a full Academician.
Although McIntosh Patrick enjoyed an international reputation, he never lost touch with his roots - and is widely regarded as one of the most evocative portrayers of the Scottish landscape of all time.
Described by The Independent newspaper as “the doyen of Scottish landscape painters”, James McIntosh Patrick died in 1998 at the age of 91. His paintings now hang in the Tate and in other public collections around the world.