Kinblethmont tribute to Arbroath artist

A NEW exhibition is to open at Kinblethmont Gallery honouring one of Arbroath’s most successful artists.

The exhibition which is showcasing the work of William Littlejohn opens on Saturday, March 10, and can be viewed daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Sunday, March 25.

Highly respected, William Littlejohn was born in Arbroath in 1929 and studied at Dundee College of Art.

He taught at Arbroath High School before going to Aberdeen as a lecturer at Grays retiring in 1991 as principal of the School of Painting.

He was elected as a member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1973, the Royal Glasgow Institute in 1989 and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1990.

He has had several one man exhibitions both in Scotland and England and his paintings are in several private and public collections including those of Her Majesty The Queen, Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Bank of Scotland and Edinburgh and Aberdeen Universities.

Mr Littlejohn was initially inspired by James Cowie and later by Chinese and Japanese art. His abstract watercolours show these influences in their use of colour tone and combination of abstract patterns and figurative motifs.

In 1984 he was awarded a Royal Scottish Academy Gillies Award to travel to Japan.

On his death he bequeathed the entire contents of his studio to the Royal Scottish Academy.