Success came relatively early for James McIntosh Patrick. A Dundonian by birth, his passion for his native county of Angus was reflected in his many depictions of the area; his colourful, traditional approach to the landscape genre earning him great favour among the art-appreciating Scottish public.
As with many artists of the period, the Second World War was to impact significantly on his style and his pre and post-war output are easily distinguishable. His war time activities took him close to front line action and McIntosh Patrick, who had previously found working from the studio suited his fastidious approach, took to sketching on the spot. His brushwork would loosen as a result and he would from then on choose to work en plein air. His style, though still retaining its trademark attention to detail, becomes more painterly and impressionistic from then on.
McIntosh Patrick frequently favoured a cultivated landscape to a wilderness. In the examples shown here, his interest in man’s relationship with the land is highly evident as is the pervading sense that he was seeking to capture and idealise a transitory moment in the history of our landscape. His work is also a straight forward celebration of a corner of the world with which he was clearly intimately familiar and of which he was extremely fond, and collectors specifically enjoy the ‘truth’ of his interpretations of the arable east coast landscape.
Today James McIntosh Patrick’s work can be found in collections as far flung as the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, U.S.A. and the Museum of Sydney, Australia. As might be expected given the stature of his reputation on his home soil, his work features in many public collections across Scotland, including the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.
We are delighted to present a selection of works by James McIntosh Patrick in our forthcoming auction of Scottish Paintings & Sculpture in Edinburgh on Thursday 6 June.