Famous Artists from Scotland

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List of the most popular artists from Scotland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Scottish artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Scottish artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List artists include Dalziel + Scullion, Mary Fraser Tytler and many more.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Scotland?" and "Who are the most well-known Scottish artists?"

For further information on these historic Scottish artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Scottish artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.
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    William Kennedy Dickson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
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    William Kennedy Laurie Dickson was a Scottish inventor who devised an early motion picture camera under the employment of Thomas Edison. more

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    • Birthplace: Le Minihic-sur-Rance, France
    • Nationality: France
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Ian Hamilton Finlay, CBE was a Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener. more

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    • Artworks: Little Sparta, The World Has Been Empty Since The Romans
    • Birthplace: Nassau, Bahamas
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Rankin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
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    John Rankin Waddell, also known under his working name Rankin, is a British portrait and fashion photographer. more

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    • Artworks: Josephine nude, Kate's closed, Tumanni & Lawi, Nude, Portrait, + more
    • Birthplace: Paisley, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: Scotland
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    Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi CBE RA was a Scottish sculptor and artist. more

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    • Artworks: The Artist as Hephaestus, A Maximis Ad Minima, Athena, Newton (after Blake), Vulcan, + more
    • Birthplace: Leith, Eurasia, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
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    Alasdair Gray is a Scottish writer and artist. His most acclaimed work is his first novel, Lanark, published in 1981 and written over a period of almost 30 years. It is now regarded as a classic, and was described by The Guardian as "one of the landmarks of 20th-century fiction." His novel Poor Things ...more

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    • Artworks: Erics watching television, Mother and daughter, Eden and after, The white dog, Frieze design for Oran mor^! Glasgow, + more
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Glasgow, + more
    • Nationality: Scotland
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    Douglas Gordon is a Scottish artist; he won the Turner Prize in 1996 and the following year he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany. more

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    • Artworks: Confessions of a Justified Sinner
    • Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: Scotland
    • Art Forms: Photography, Video art
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    John Byrne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Scotland
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    John Byrne is a Scottish playwright and artist. more

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    • Artworks: Self Portrait
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Paisley, Renfrewshire, + more
    • Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Luke Fowler

    Luke Fowler is an artist, filmmaker and musician based in Glasgow. He studied printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. He creates cinematic collages that have often been linked to the British Free Cinema movement of the 1950s. His documentary films have explored counter ...more

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    • Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: Scotland
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