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William McLaren

Vote for William McLaren


Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery (currently closed for refurbishment) is asking people to vote for their favourite paintings. The paintings that receive the most votes will appear in the first exhibition when the the Gallery reopens in the Spring of 2013.

I've noticed two paintings in the collection relating to William McLaren.

1. Alan Alexander painting of William McLaren.

2. Portrait of a Woman, Man and Two Boys Playing Music by William McLaren.

We have a keen interest in the works of McLaren after producing the documentary William McLaren: An Artist Out Of Time in 2010.

With nearly 500 paintings in their storeroom, Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery can't put everything on show at once. It would be good if William McLaren was part of this opening exhibition.

You can vote HERE.

Voting runs until the end of December 2012.


William McLaren: Kirkcaldy Exhibition


Some of William McLaren’s work will be on display as part of an exhibition in Kirkcaldy, Fife in July 2011.

The exhibition is called ‘New Additions’ and will include paintings, prints and drawings by Anne Redpath, William McLaren and Sir Joseph Noel Paton. The works were recently acquired for Fife Council’s collections and this will be the first time they have been displayed together.

As part of the exhibition, the museum will be showing our documentary William McLaren – An Artist Out of Time and DVDs of the film will be available to purchase.

The exhibition takes place at Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery from 9th July to 21st August 2011 and it is FREE.


William McLaren screening in Aberdour


William McLaren: An Artist Out of Time will be screened at the The Foresters Arms, Aberdour, Fife on Thursday 11th November 2010 at 7.30pm.

Edinburgh based filmmakers Robin Mitchell, from Cadies Productions Ltd, and Jim Hickey, from Freedonia Films, will present this fascinating new documentary about the life and times of Scottish painter, commercial illustrator and muralist McLaren. The film follows the work of and hears stories about this remarkable and long-suffering Scottish hero, and will be screened And So Goodbye.

Robin and Jim will take part in a question-and-answer session after the films. Born to a mining family in 1920s Cardenden, McLaren went on to produce work in some of the finest houses in the UK. In 1962 a commission to create a series of paintings for Hopetoun House near Edinburgh was the breakthrough for McLaren, leading to decorative commissions in private houses and public places throughout Scotland and the UK. His illustrations appeared regularly in the 1950s and 1960s in the BBC's Radio Times. He became a prolific book illustrator and designer of dust-jackets for over 150 books.

The filmmakers have traced hundreds of works by McLaren and many of these are included in their documentary, together with testimony from those who knew him. McLaren died in 1987, aged 64, leaving behind a range of work that will surprise and delight many people.


Review of William McLaren - An Artist Out of Time by Georgina Coburn


This is a review of William McLaren - An Artist Out of Time by Hi-Arts journalist Georgina Coburn.

Georgina Coburn welcomes an important step in restoring the reputation of illustrator William McLaren.

In a world obsessed with the Art of the Now, William McLaren – An Artist Out Of Time raises many questions about Scottish visual traditions and the habitual exclusion of Applied or Decorative Arts from the national canon of Art History. The whole idea of what constitutes Scottish “crafts, techniques and aesthetics as a living tradition” begs further investigation and scrutiny.


McLaren: GFT


This is an article written by the Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) entitled Five Questions for Jim Hickey (director, William McLaren: An Artist Out of Time).

When director Jim Hickey investigated the story behind the 1944 short film And So Goodbye, he came away with another fascinating tale – that of William McLaren, painter, illustrator and decorative artist. In William McLaren: An Artist Out of Time, Hickey traces the story of an artist who was ahead of his age in many ways, but who would have been a fascinating character whatever the era.

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