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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. Make sure to also check out famous Polish artists and famous artists from Ukraine. 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 Douglas Gordon, Alison Watt, 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.

  • William Kennedy Dickson
    William Kennedy-Laurie Dickson (3 August 1860 – 28 September 1935) was a Scottish inventor who... more on Wikipedia
  • Ian Hamilton Finlay

    Ian Hamilton Finlay

    Little Sparta, The World Has Been Empty Since The Romans

    BirthplaceNassau, Bahamas

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Art FormsSculpture

    Ian Hamilton Finlay, CBE (28 October 1925 – 27 March 2006) was a Scottish poet, writer, artist... more on Wikipedia
  • Eduardo Paolozzi

    Eduardo Paolozzi

    The Artist as Hephaestus, A Maximis Ad Minima

    BirthplaceLeith, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Art FormsSculpture

    Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi (, Italian: [paoˈlɔttsi]; 7 March 1924 – 22 April 2005) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • Alasdair Gray

    Alasdair Gray

    Erics watching television, Mother and daughter

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom


    Alasdair Gray (born 28 December 1934) is a Scottish writer and artist. His acclaimed first... more on Wikipedia
  • Douglas Gordon

    Douglas Gordon

    Confessions of a Justified Sinner

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland


    Art FormsPhotography, Video art

    Douglas Gordon (born 20 September 1966) is a Scottish artist. He won the Turner Prize in 1996,... more on Wikipedia
  • John Byrne

    John Byrne

    Self Portrait

    BirthplaceScotland, Paisley

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Art FormsPainting

    John Patrick Byrne (born 6 January 1940) is a Scottish playwright and artist. He wrote The... more on Wikipedia
  • Luke Fowler
    Luke Fowler (born 1978) is an artist, filmmaker and musician based in Glasgow. He studied... more on Wikipedia
  • Stuart Sutcliffe

    Stuart Sutcliffe

    Summer Painting, The Building Site 1957

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Art FormsPainting

    Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe (23 June 1940 – 10 April 1962) was a Scottish-born painter... more on Wikipedia
  • David Roberts

    David Roberts

    Departure of the Israelites, The Gateway to the Great Temple at Baalbec

    BirthplaceStockbridge, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


    Art FormsPainting

    David Roberts RA (24 October 1796 – 25 November 1864) was a Scottish painter. He is especially... more on Wikipedia
  • Anya Gallaccio
    Anya Gallaccio (born 1963) is a British artist, who creates site-specific, minimalist... more on Wikipedia
  • Helen Adam
    Helen Adam (December 2, 1909 in Glasgow, Scotland – September 19, 1993 in New York City) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • Frances MacDonald

    Frances MacDonald

    Ill Omen, Spring

    BirthplaceWolverhampton, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Art FormsPainting

    Frances Macdonald MacNair (1873 – 1921) was a Scottish artist whose design work was a... more on Wikipedia
  • Peter Doig

    Peter Doig

    Lapeyrouse Wall, Pink Snow

    BirthplaceEurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Art FormsPainting

    Peter Doig ( DOYG; born 17 April 1959) is a Scottish painter. One of the most renowned living... more on Wikipedia
  • Alexander Milne Calder

    BirthplaceAberdeen, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom

    Art FormsSculpture

    Alexander Milne Calder (August 23, 1846 – June 4, 1923) (MILL-nee) was a Scottish American... more on Wikipedia
  • Andrew Geddes
    Andrew Geddes is the name of: Andrew Geddes (artist) (1783–1844), Scottish artist Andy Geddes... more on Wikipedia
  • James McDougal Hart
    James McDougal Hart (May 10, 1828 – October 24, 1901), was a Scottish-born American landscape... more on Wikipedia
  • Albert Watson
    Albert Watson (born 1942) is a Scottish fashion, celebrity and art photographer. He has shot... more on Wikipedia
  • Joseph Boehm

    Joseph Boehm

    Charles Robert Darwin

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    NationalityAustria, Scotland

    Sir Joseph Edgar Boehm, 1st Baronet (Vienna, 6 July 1834 – 12 December 1890 London, England)... more on Wikipedia
  • Alexander Wilson
    Alexander or Alex Wilson may refer to:
  • John Guille Millais

    John Guille Millais

    John Guille Millais ( MIL-ay, also US: mil-AY; 24 March 1865 – 24 March 1931) was a British... more on Wikipedia
  • Jemima Blackburn
    Jemima Wedderburn Blackburn (1 May 1823 – 9 August 1909) was a Scottish painter whose work... more on Wikipedia
  • Edward Atkinson Hornel

    Edward Atkinson Hornel

    Resting, In the Town Crofts

    BirthplaceVictoria, Australia


    Edward Atkinson Hornel (1864–1933) was a Scottish painter of landscapes, flowers, and foliage,... more on Wikipedia
  • John Faed

    John Faed

    Postumus and Imogen, The Statute Fair



    Art FormsPainting

    John Faed, R.S.A. (31 August 1819 – 22 October 1902) was a Scottish painter.
  • Jim Mathieson

    Jim Mathieson

    James William Mathieson (21 June 1931 – 12 April 2003) was a sculptor from the United... more on Wikipedia
  • Dugald Sutherland MacColl
    Dugald Sutherland MacColl (10 March 1859 – 21 December 1948) was a Scottish watercolour... more on Wikipedia