Artists’ stroke of genius!

Derek Robertson.
Derek Robertson.

THREE Fife artists – Derek Robertson, Archie Dunbar McIntosh and Christine Woodside - have won awards at the 132nd annual exhibition of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour being staged at the Royal Scottish Academy Building in Edinburgh.

Derek Robertson, who lives in Balmerino, won the £500 John Gray Award.

It is his third consecutive award from the RSW, having won the RSW Small Painting Award in 2010 and the Glasgow Art Club Fellowship last year.

Derek, who has been a full-time professional artist since graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone Art College in Dundee in 1989, was also recently accepted as a member of the society.

He said: “I’m delighted – and astonished – to win this third prize in three years from the RSW annual exhibitions.

“The painting The Silver Tay, which won the award, is based on the big, metal weathervane which used to sit on the mill beside my house overlooking the River Tay.

“It was built in the shape of a silver salmon and was used by salmon fishermen out on the river to mark their position and check shifts in the weather.”


Derek exhibits his work in galleries around the world, while his paintings are held in private collections in more than 40 countries as well as numerous public collections.

Archie Dunbar McIntosh won the £500 May Marshall Brown Award.

Since he was unable to attend the ceremony, the award was accepted on his behalf by his nine-year-old grandson, Gillies Dunbar McIntosh, and his five-year-old grand-daughter Isla, with their artist father Sandy Dunbar McIntosh.

Talking about the award-winning painting, ‘Party Table’, Archie said: “A year and a half ago illness curtailed my work for a while.


“I’m now beginning to reflect on my vision and motivation from the past, and reconcile these elements within my current paintings.

“Party Table is the result of this investigation and reflection.”

Archie, who studied at Glasgow School of Art, has been exhibiting since 1964 and has work in public and private collections across the world.

He has won many awards and this is his third award from the society.

A former student of Grays School of Art, Christine – who lives in Auchtermuchty – is the first artist to win the new £500 Gullane Art Gallery Award for her painting ‘The Road to Muckhart’.

She explained: “My inspiration for the painting was the image of fabulous white tractor marks against the ochre stubble fields and the duck egg blue green of the covers on the straw bales spotting and dotting the crisp white field.

“The menacing sky was also too good to miss – the dark tone against the snow covered Hillfoots and the deep grey lurcher silhouetted against white frost.”

The RSW exhibition, which is open until March 1, features more than 180 new paintings by 130 established and emerging artists from across Scotland.