J.D. Fergusson: The Scottish Colourist J.D. Fergusson: The Scottish Colourist

‘The Scotland I’d like to see’: From Paris to Glasgow

Fergusson's work of the 1930s reveals an accomplished engagement with the Art Deco movement. His profile remained high in London where he had four solo exhibitions between 1932 and 1939. He once more galvanised artists to exhibit together, becoming President of Le Groupe d'Artistes Anglo-Américains 1936.

The Second World War prompted Fergusson and Morris to move to Glasgow, where they went on to play a vital part in the renaissance of the arts in the city. Fergusson developed a distinctive late style, which reached its apotheosis in the majestic ‘Danu, Mother of the Gods'. He considered Glasgow to be the most Celtic city in Scotland and his interest in his Highland ancestry, Celticism and a distinctively ‘Scottish' art grew. In 1946, he wrote ‘the Scotland I'd like to see from the Art point of view, would be a Scotland liberated from the stranglehold of Academic Art, and where there was... a fighting chance for the Independent artist.'

Throughout the 1950s Fergusson and Morris continued to make visits to Antibes, resulting in pictures of beauty and poise, such as ‘Wisteria, Villa Florentine, Golfe-Juan' of 1957. Their last visit was in 1960, not long before Fergusson's death in Glasgow on 31 January 1961.