Alexander Goudie RP RGI (1993-2004)

Alexander Goudie is widely acclaimed as having been one of Scotland's finest figurative painters. He was born in Paisley in 1933. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art under William Armour, David Donaldson and Benno Schotz. For many years he was a tutor at the school, before dedicating himself to his own studio work. As a portraitist his sitters included Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay of Clashfern, Billy Connolly and a host of other figures drawn from the worlds of politics, commerce and entertainment. A post graduate scholarship enabled him to pay regular visits to Brittany to where he returned every year for three decades after marrying Breton girl, Marie-Renee Dorval. The first major exhibition of Brittany paintings was held in Edinburgh in 1966 which led to a commission to paint a mural on the flagship of Brittany Ferries fleet, Bretagne. A permanent display of his Tam O’Shanter paintings can be found in the Goudie Collection at Rozelle House, Alloway. He was elected a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 1970. A retrospective exhibition was held at the Fine Art Society in 1983.