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Birds and Flowers Birds and Flowers

Birds and Flowers

Item Code: SW-birds-sp
Medium
Printed on cotton satin.
Date of Work
c.1954
Signed
Signed in plate
Height (cm)
49
Width (cm)
56
Printed design on cotton satin, one of a number of textile collaborations with the distinguished Edinburgh Weavers, reveal Wilson’s fondness for line and decoration: birds perch on flowers like avian leaves and petals, merging with stalks, vines, and repeated geometric motifs, all printed in the luscious reds, purples and yellows achieved in the Edinburgh workshop.
Scottie Wilson portraitScottie Wilson – born Louis Freeman in 1888 – was a Scottish outsider artist (art by un-institutionalised artists working outside the mainstream) who worked extensively in pen, producing highly detailed and unique pieces of art. His career began almost by chance: aged 44, Wilson began doodling with a fountain pen on his tabletop until, a few days later, the entire surface was filled with penned figures.

Notoriously distrustful of art dealers, he nonetheless garnered great critical acclaim and exhibited alongside Picasso, de Chirico, Klee and Miró amongst others. His work was greatly admired by contemporaries too: on a trip to France in the early 1950s, Picasso and Jean Dubuffet – a champion of outsider art – met Wilson, both having collected a great deal of his work. He died from cancer in 1972.
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