John Houston O.B.E., R.W.S., R.S.A.

“Two Nudes”

John Houston O.B.E., R.W.S., R.S.A.

Oil on Board

14 x 10 inches

Scottish artist of great talent, Houston was married to Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, and had an early career as a semi-professional footballer during which he represented Scotland at Under-21 levels.  He travelled and painted throughout Europe with his great friend David Michie and with his wife Dame Elizabeth Blackadder and taught at at Edinburgh College of Art between 1955 and 1989 exhibiting at the RSA.  A retrospective was held in 2005 at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. 

Born in Fife, Houston studied and subsequently taught at Edinburgh College of Art. He retired in 1989, after having been departmental head of the painting school and director of the post-graduate department. The style of his early paintings was expressive and semi-abstract, but in the late 1960s his paintings became more atmospheric, influenced by Turner and American Abstract Expressionism. One of Houston’s favourite subjects was the sea as he was captivated by its restless energy. He was married to the Scottish artist Dame Elizabeth Blackadder.


With The Mercury Gallery, London

Collection of Mrs Jane Macintosh

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