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  • jojoA1
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    Does anyone know the painting by a Scottish artist of a worker reading a book, I think it’s his tea-break or something and I can’t remember if he’s a steelworker or a docker, but it’s industrial and from memory the colours are dark with black, deep browns, reds and oranges.
    I think it’s in the Kelvingrove art gallery. I’m trying to find an image of it and who the artist is.
    Thanks.

    gordimhor
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    Have you tried Peter Howson it could have been his choice of subject?

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    If its the sort of thing you’ll have seen in a museum (you might have seen it in Kelvingrove but it might have been on loan to them), most museum / gallery collections are now online although how searchable the database is I’m not sure

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/

    vorlich
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    Surely the STW resident Scottish artist would know…

    ken currie would be another guess

    user-removed
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    Aye, one of the New Glasgow Boys by the sounds of it. McMoonter would know…

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    Jo, Peter Howson more than likely – hulking figures, vague air of menace / vulnerability?

    I would give some other names a try, loosely the New Glasgow Boys (edit – as above!) – Steven Campbell is an outside possibility, Stephen Conroy (again even less likely)..

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    Found what I think might be it, Jo – had to scour my bookshelves 🙂 from “The Vigorous Imagination”

    Ken Currie, well spotted by that man ^^^^ – “The Self-Taught Man”

    variation here but above sound feasible..
    http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/10248/lot/280/

    — Callum

    mcmoonter
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    I think Meikle Partan has it. I always found Ken Currie’s paintings more persuasive than the comic caricatures in Peter Howsons.

    When first saw the post I thought Jo was looking for something from an earlier age.

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    re-reading the original request posted, I’d agree – one I found doesn’t match up on colours or detailed description, though superficially a loose match 🙁

    jojoA1
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    Hi all, the reason I’m looking is because I was told about the use of a Howson pic on the First Minister’s Christmas card and when I saw it it reminded me of the other painting I’m thinking of. I think it is probably a Ken Currie as in my mind it is a combination of the colours in the painting by mieklePartans and the subject matter of the pic Kcal has posted. Need a trip to Kelvingrove to check. Pretty sure it’s a permanent exhibit. Definitely a New Glasgow Boy style.
    Thanks for your efforts. 🙂

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