Denhead Farm, 1964
Our latest 'Object of the month' is Denhead Farm, 1964 by James Morrison. Morrison studied at Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1954. He established his reputation with his celebrated Rotten Row series, paintings of Glasgow’s decaying Victorian tenement architecture.
He moved to Catterline, Kincardineshire and has been based in the north east of Scotland ever since. The change of environment from the great industrial city of Glasgow to the soft beauty of the fertile, farmed Kincardine countryside was immediately reflected in his work, as can be seen here. This painting veers between abstraction and realism and features agricultural architecture, mainly depicted in black, isolated within its rural setting.
The oil on canvas was purchased in 1967 with Morris Trust funds and can be seen as part of the current exhibition, A Sense of Place: Twentieth Century painting which runs until Autumn 2017. Admission is free.