Alexander Graham Cairns-Smith
Oil on Canvas
1962, Acquired 1963, Gulbenkian Trust Grant
About the artwork
Landscape painted using thick, loose brushstrokes, using muted colours and thick dark outlines.
About the artist
Alexander Graham Cairns-Smith (born Kilmarnock, 1931- 2016) was an organic chemist and molecular biologist at the University of Glasgow, and an artist. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, and held several one-man shows, but gave up his artistic career to focus on his interest in evolution. He was taught by Denis Peploe, the son of the Scottish colourist Samuel Peploe, whilst at school, and went onto take classes at the Glasgow School of Art. He painted landscapes and abstracts, mainly in oil.