David Alison (1882-1955)
|Artist Name||David Alison (1882-1955)|
|Title||Still Life of Roses|
|Description||This superb floral still life oil painting is by Scottish artist David Alison. Painted circa 1930 it is an arrangement of pink roses in a glass vase on a table. The darker background makes the roses burst off the canvas with colour. A member of the Society of Eight and close friends with contemporary Francis Cadell one can see the influence of the Scottish Colourists. The palette of pinks and shadowing on the petals is just lovely. The rippled Bourlet frame housing the painting is the perfect finish. A fantastic Scottish thirties floral still life and an excellent example of Alison's work.
|Provenance||Exhibition number and Bourlet label verso.|
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||20 x 24 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a period Bourlet ripple frame 31 inches by 31 inches framed and in good condition.|
|Biography||David Alison (1882-1955) was born in Dysrat, Fifeshire in 1882. He studied at Glasgow School of Art, where he won two travelling scholarships (the Haldane and Carnegie) for further study in Paris and Italy. In Paris, he became friends with his close Scottish contemporary, Francis Cadell, who introduced him to the other 'Scottish Colourist', Samuel Peploe.
Back in Scotland, Alison again teamed up with Cadell in the 'Society of Eight', a group of artists that attempted to span the artistic divide between Glasgow and Edinburgh. The 'Eight' included John Lavery, Patrick Adam and Peploe. Alison's portraits and moody, stylish interiors were something of an institution in the early to middle years of the last century: he exhibited over 40 pictures at the Royal Academy, double that number at the Royal Scottish Academy and was awarded a Silver Medal at the Paris Salon.