50.8 x 66cm
Acquired 1981, Edition 31/50
About the artwork
In this print, the artist depicts five gulls sitting quietly in calm water, viewed from above. Through his use of textures and pattern and his skills as a lithographer, the artist has created a closely observed study.
About the artist
Sam Black (born Ardrossan, 1913 1997) studied at Glasgow School of Art and taught at Jordanhill College. He is know for his fraught depictions of war-torn landscapes in Europe during World War II. Black was a very strong proponent of accurate observation and recording, and of the importance of attention to detail. He instructed his students to spend three-quarters of an hour looking at their subject, before drawing for fifteen minutes.