Local artist wins prestigious RSW national watercolour award

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WELL-KNOWN Carnoustie artist Jim Dunbar has won the RSW Council Award at the 131st annual exhibition of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour which opened on Saturday in the Royal Scottish Academy Building in Edinburgh.

The £1,000 Council Award is for the most outstanding work in the exhibition and was for his painting ‘Consecration Stone, St Vigeans’.

This work is also featured on the catalogue cover and supporting publicity material and can be viewed, along with all the other paintings in this exciting exhibition, in the new RSW online gallery at ww.rswgallery.org.uk

Mr Dunbar trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and taught for 20 years in Angus schools. He has exhibited widely since graduating and won many prestigious awards throughout his career.

Talking about the winning painting he said: “I’ve known this stone since 1973 when it was in the garden of our home, Kirkstile Cottage, in the village of St Vigeans near Arbroath. The house was originally the village school and the stone was said to have been consecrated to mark the opening of the school in the late 18th century. I have always been interested in its history and fascinated by its decoration.”

He concluded: “I was honoured to be asked to produce the painting for the cover of the catalogue and I am absolutely delighted to receive this award from the RSW Council. It is wonderful to be given such recognition from my peers.” Mr Dunbar will be giving a talk entitled ‘Insight to on site’ about his outdoor painting methods and materials on March 3, bookable at the RSW sales desk on 0131 624 6478.

The exhibition, which is free to visit, is open until March 3 and features over 180 new paintings by established and emerging artists from across Scotland.

These include names such Stephanie Deas, Simon Lawrie, Marion Leven, Iain Mackenzie Smith, Philip Reeves and HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, Patron of the Society, as well as invited works from the Royal Watercolour Society and the Australian Watercolour Institute.