Fairy Tale or Summer Incident

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Neil DALLAS BROWN
Born Elgin, 1938-2003

Fairy Tale or Summer Incident, 1966

Oil on board
Presented 1972 by the Artist
Museum number 25-1972

Dallas Brown studied at Duncan of Jordanstone and the Royal Academy Schools in London. He won several prestigious academic scholarships, travelling scholarships and awards, the latter allowing him to work in France, Italy and Spain from 1959 until 1960 and New York in 1967. As an imaginative figurative and abstract landscape painter and as a teacher in Dundee and Glasgow for thirty years, Dallas Brown exerted considerable influence on the course of modern Scottish art.

This work was painted on six separate boards in 1966. Its apocalyptic feel, surrealist overtones and enigmatic imagery are painted with masterly technique in a palette of sombre greens and browns. The viewer is left to puzzle over what the ‘Fairy Tale’ or ‘Summer Incident’ could be.

Fairy Tale or Summer Incident
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