John Maxwell

1905 - 1962

Artist. Born in Dalbeattie (Dumfries and Galloway), where his parents owned the local cinema, Maxwell trained at Edinburgh College of Art (1921-27) and in Paris, travelling to Italy and Spain. He was a member of the group of artists known as the Edinburgh School, along with his friend Sir William Gillies (1898 - 1973). He became a member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1949. Many of his paintings feature Dalbeattie, where he spent much of his life and died. His works hang in the National Gallery of Scotland and in the Tate Gallery (London), together with the City Art Centre (Edinburgh), Stewartry Museum in Kirkcudbright and the Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries.

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